Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Gill Platek (they/them/theirs) is a queer and transgender/non-binary educator and writer. Growing up, they went to Catholic schools where a distinct lack of LGBTQIA+ and other intersectional identities encouraged them to be an example for change. They attended The Ohio State University for their undergraduate degree in English and Psychology and stayed an additional year to complete their Master’s in Education. During their Master’s program, they focused on creating GSA clubs and resources as well as working directly with LGBTQIA+ students while student teaching. They have worked with all kinds of students from rural areas of Ohio to the south side of Chicago.
Outside of teaching, they are a freelance writer who specializes in social justice issues pertaining to marginalized voices that have been historically ignored. By combining their own personal stories with interviews and the current news cycle, Gill has been able to publish articles about LGBTQIA+ representation in education, gender affirming surgery in a hypocritical healthcare system, and finding trans resilience in rural Ohio. Their work has been published in Xtra Magazine, Parents Magazine, Greatist, Women’s Republic, and Liberal Currents.
Now, Gill is thrilled to continue their passion for uplifting LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized voices at GSA Network as the Storytelling Media Organizer. They are excited to help other trans and non-binary youth use their voices and personal stories for growth and change.