Kristin Russo is a writer, speaker, educator and consultant with a focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) issues. She co-founded of LGBTQ organizations Everyone Is Gay & My Kid Is Gay, and authored This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids (Chronicle, 2014). She worked as host and producer of First Person, a video series on gender and sexuality from PBS Digital and WNET, and serves as the co-director A-Camp from 2016 - 2019. She holds a Master’s in Gender Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.
She has spoken at hundreds of universities nationwide including Harvard, Stanford, and NYU, has worked with large-scale companies such as Tumblr & Bloomberg on diversity inclusion.
Kristin is also co-host & producer of Buffering the Vampire Slayer alongside musician Jenny Owen Youngs, which was named one of Time's Top 50 Podcasts of 2018 and selected as one of Esquire's Top 10 Podcasts of 2018!
SPEAKING + CONSULTING
Kristin has spoken at countless middle school, high school, and college campuses, in addition to facilitating a variety of teacher training and workplace seminars, and consulting with businesses on creating equitable and safe spaces for their LGBTQ employees. She regularly engages with school and workplace communities, both in-person and online, speaking on topics such as coming out to family and friends, harnessing social media as a tool for social change, and working to be a powerful ally to LGBTQ communities.
Sexuality and Gender Diversity Campus Speaking Selections:
Harvard University • Oberlin College • NYU • Choate Rosemary SMASS • University of Surrey, UK • St. Lawrence University • Smith College • Guttman Community College • UVA • Ethical Culture Fieldstone School • Kenyon College • University at Redlands • UNC Greensboro • True Colors Conference • Whetstone High School • SXSW Interactive • Fordham University • Stanford University • Santa Monica High School • Minnesota OUT! Conference • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga • Sarah Lawrence University • Bard College • Kansas State University • SUNY Stonybrook • Boston College • Columbia University • and dozens more!
Sexuality and Gender Diversity Workplace Seminar + Consulting Selections:
Genpact Pride Week Webinar • Bloomberg Offices Diversity Workshop • Tumblr Offices Social Action Diversity Panel • Emerald Publishing Workplace Allyship Webinar • Downtown Alliance “Being Seen In the Workplace” Panel Moderator • Ingrid Michaelson's Concert for Equality: A Stand Against HB2 • OUR Restroom Nationwide Campaign • Clark University Guidance Counselor Symposium • Horowitz Cultural Insights Forum
In addition to her work with LGBTQ communities, Kristin co-hosts and produces the critically-acclaimed Buffy re-watch podcast, Buffering the Vampire Slayer, as well as the 25th Anniversary re-watch of My So-Called Life called The Boiler Room!
Kristin authored This is A Book for Parents of Gay Kids (Chronicle, 2014). She has written for many other outlets including Cosmopolitan, Time, BuzzFeed, The Advocate, and Autostraddle, and her work has been featured on NPR, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The Ellen Show, Chicago Tribune & more.
Selection of Essays, Articles, Advice: