Yanté is a Milwaukee-born table-shaker. Rooted in justice and beloved community, he navigates the world in an openly Black trans and queer body. With his background in community care and trans liberation work, Yanté serves to uplift, support, and advocate for the diaspora of Black trans people. His passion leads him to wear many hats and have a role in the world as fluid and open as he is. His many roles and hats include the Inclusion and Equity Coordinator for Diverse & Resilient, working as a Full Spectrum Doula for queer and trans BIPOC, providing labor support care, abortion advocacy, community defense and safety task force curator, and a facilitator of all the things trans, Black, healing, joyful and challenging! Creating affirming spaces that also foster continuous learning are important factors in Yanté’s work, as the fight to decolonize, strip white supremacy from our communities, and love radically stand at the forefront of his work and life.
2021 Pride in Color Leadership Features
The Influencer: Ladi London is a brown-skinned, femme trans Milwaukee native who produces videos and other content to effect change and cultivate community.
The Artist: nibiiwakamigkwe is a two-spirit Indigenous artist, activist, and organizer interested in healing and visibility.
The Table Shaker: Yanté Turner is an openly trans and queer Black change agent working as an Inclusion and Equity Coordinator as well as a doula.
The First: Ankita Bharadwaj is a lawyer, advocate, and trail blazer who knows the journey upward is often isolating, but that it is worth it.
The Founder: Rick Banks is co-founder of MKE Black, Inc. which connects Black Milwaukeeans to Black culture, events, and Black-owned businesses.
The Scholar: James McMaster is a queer Asian-American educator, and activist who lives by example in the classroom and out in community.
The Professor: Víctor M. Macías-González is Professor of History and Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UW-La Crosse.