About Él

Él Martinez (they/elle pronouns) is a 22-year-old community organizer, public health worker, multi-disciplinary artist, and consultant currently enrolled as a senior at Clark University majoring in Community, Youth, and Education Studies - with a minor in Spanish.

Él describes themself as a queer, trans, non-binary person of color. Él is also Boricua (Puerto Rican) and several years into reconnecting to their indigenous Taíno Arawak ancestry. They are fluent in English and proficient in Spanish.

   In their early teens, Él's activism emerged out of the need for district-wide training in their public school system. Since then, their audiences have included youth, parents, teachers, nurses, politicians, non-profits, and corporate entities. Él has spoken on panels, delivered speeches, hosted trainings, and more on a variety of topics, from LGBTQ+ inclusivity to carceral abolition.

   Outside of professional development work, Él has spent years participating in legislative advocacy in the state of Massachusetts on behalf of the "Gender X," "No New Women's Prison" and "Healthy Youth Act" bills. Él has also spent time as a participant and leader of LGBTQ youth programs including a position on GLSEN's National Student Council, as a Peer Leader for Framingham GLASS (JRI Health), and as Program Coordinator for Lesley University’s Office of Community Service.

   Aside from their studies as a full-time student, Él is pursuing interests in public health and harm reduction fields. They currently work as the Adult Advisor for SWAGLY, an LGBTQ+ youth program of AIDS Project Worcester, in addition to being a member of the Post-Overdose Support Team (POST). In their spare time, Él enjoys contributing to local mutual aid efforts, going social dancing, and watching horror movies. 

Playing

Not Tonight on Nintendo Switch

Reading 

Freedom Dreams by Robin D.G. Kelley

Watching

"Suspiria" (1979) Directed by Dario Argento

Listening

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico