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AC’s BIO:

Note: “Dumlao” is pronounced Doo͞m-laʊ. (“Doo͞m” as in “zoom,” “laʊ” as in “wow”)

Long(er) Bio 

AC Dumlao uses they/them pronouns. They are a queer/bi+ transgender non-binary first-generation Filipinx-American. As an activist and educator, their focus is on centering and uplifting underrepresented and multiply marginalized people and their communities. In 2019, AC was named a NYC/WorldPride Community Hero, during the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprising.

In Fall 2018, AC co-hosted an advance screening and talkback with Lisa Ling for the CNN Original Series’ episode “This is Life with Lisa Ling: Gender Fluidity.” AC was profiled by NBC Asian America for the inaugural “Redefine A to Z” list of Asian-American & Pacific Islander “emerging voices and breakout stars.” AC’s advocacy work and words have been in The Huffington Post, VICE Media, Allure Magazine, Business Insider, Mic.com, The Advocate, and more. For their activism, they have received honors from Parity and the New York State Comptroller.

AC is also the Program Manager at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) where they manage TLDEF’s Name Change Project, which connects low-income trans and non-binary people with volunteer lawyers providing pro bono representation during the legal name change process in civil court. Additionally, AC leads TLDEF’s Community Engagement work and is the lead trainer for trans cultural competency presentations and workshops.

AC is an alum of Vassar College, where they studied Drama and Psychology. They serve as a co-chair of Vassar’s LGBTQ+ alumnae/i/x affinity group and a Board Director for the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College Board. At their core, AC is an artist and thanks their theatrical education and training for instilling the guiding principle of their work and their life: a commitment to radical authenticity and genuine connections in order to honor the human dignity that all people deserve.

AC lives and works with gratitude on the traditional and unceded homelands of the Lenape Canarsie people.

Short(er) Bio

AC Dumlao is a trans non-binary first-generation Filipinx-American activist and educator. In 2019, AC was named a NYC/WorldPride Community Hero, during the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprising.  They are the creator of the  Facebook page “Call Me They.” In 2018, AC co-hosted an advance screening/talkback with Lisa Ling for the CNN Original Series’ episode “This is Life with Lisa Ling: Gender Fluidity.”   AC’s activist work and words have been in The Huffington Post, VICE Media, Allure Magazine, Business Insider, Mic.com, The Advocate, and more and they have received honors from Parity and the New York State Comptroller. They also sit as a Board Director for the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College Board. AC lives and works with gratitude on the traditional and unceded homelands of the Lenape Canarsie people. 

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Photo of AC Dumlao

Photo Credit: Caitlin Reilly