Kylan Mattias de Vries grew up in Vancouver, Canada and received his PhD in Sociology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2010. He has served as an advocate, activist, and mentor in the LGBTQ community. He is currently an assistant professor at Southern Oregon University where he teaches in Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Kylan’s research interests include inequalities, intersectionality, queer theories, transgender studies, critical race studies, and social psychology. He has presented about transgender issues to local and regional organizations as well as at various professional conferences. Kylan’s research focuses on the experiences of transpeople of color, and he recently published a peer-reviewed article “Intersectional Identities and Conceptions of the Self: The Experience of Transgender People” (Symbolic Interaction 2012).