Pride Spotlight: Andrea Jenkins, Grand Marshal
By all accounts, Andrea Jenkins truly needs no introduction in this community. She’s a leader, a poet, a writer, a performance artist, a current and former member of the Board of Directors for several local organizations including OutFront Minnesota and SMARTS. Andrea is a former Senior Policy Aide, where she served for twelve years. She’s a mother of daughter Nia, a grandmother of granddaughter Aniyah, and a co-curator of Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voices Reading Series. Andrea has been a Naked Stages Fellow, through which she produced a one-woman show loosely based on her manuscript Black Pearl. She’s a grant recipient for her spoken word poetry. Today, she leads the Trans-History project at the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection Archives at the University of Minnesota—where she’s collecting, archiving and sharing hundreds of hours of conversations with transgender people from Minneapolis, Chicago, and the rural reaches of the Midwest—creating a lasting record of their journeys.