ELIXHER is a GLAAD Media Award-nominated website and magazine. It is your go-to resource for all things empowering, thought-provoking, and pertinent to Black queer and trans women. You’ll find news, uplifting profiles, local events, political commentary, personal reflections, and more.
ELIXHER was created by Kimberley McLeod, an out editor and communications consultant, who grew tired of the lack of multidimensional representations of Black queer and trans women after years of working in mainstream media. ELIXHER seeks to fill that void.
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Founder/Editor-in-Chief – Kimberley McLeod
Advertising Sales Manager – Mikayla Brown
Web and Graphic Designer/Technical Manager - Marsha Peters
Staff Writers – Cairo Amani, Helen McDonald, Tia Williams
Contributing Writers – L’lerrét Jazelle Ailith, Ashleigh Atwell, Andrea Dwyer, Ashland Johnson, Dr. Bukky Kolawole, Jahneil La Mara, Kristen McCallum, Aleia Mims, L.G. Parker, Erika Turner, Nitra Wisdom
ELIXHER Correspondent – Sydney Magruder
Kimberley McLeod is a NYC-based media strategist and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocate. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, she is the founder and editor-in-chief of ELIXHER, an award-winning website and magazine for Black LGBT women.
Determined to harness the power of the media for cultural, social and political change, Kimberley is a public speaker with training in journalism and media activism as well as experience at some of the nation’s leading publications, including ESSENCE, TIME, Marie Claire, and People StyleWatch. She has also contributed to various online and print publications. Her work—mostly about equal rights for LGBT people, feminism, racism and culture—has appeared in TIME, EBONY, ESSENCE, theGrio, People, InStyle and Clutch magazines.
Kimberley has trained numerous spokespeople and journalists on effectively and responsibly sharing LGBT stories as well as successfully placed countless articles in both national and local media, including EBONY, theGrio, The Baltimore Sun and The Tallahassee Democrat. She has provided an African American perspective on LGBT issues ranging from hate crimes to marriage equality for various outlets such as Black Enterprise, The Root and Huffington Post.
During her tenure as the Director of Communications of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading Black LGBT civil rights organization, Kimberley oversaw and coordinated the organization’s media relations, communication strategies and social media networks–exponentially increasing its media footprint and visibility.
Prior to working at NBJC, Kimberley managed the Communities of African Descent media program for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s third largest LGBT organization.
In 2014, her publication, ELIXHER, was nominated for “Outstanding Blog” at the GLAAD Media Awards. In 2012, Kimberley was named one of GO Magazine’s “100 Women We Love.” She was awarded an Esteem Award for Outstanding Magazine Reporter/Columnist or Feature Article for her EBONY.com article “Taking A Lead On Faith: Four Black Pastors at the Forefront of LGBT Equality.” She was also nominated for the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award.
Kimberley graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Sociology and English, concentrating on race, gender relations and journalism. She served as the 2011-2013 LGBT Task Force Co-Chair of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
In her free time, she enjoys traveling and thrifting.
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