About

Shift MN envisions LGBTQ communities where everyone has equitable access to resources that cultivate sustainable wellness practices. We advocate for for healthier LGBTQ communities through outreach, education, social media and policy. Shift MN is a program of JustUs Health MN and is funded by a tobacco-free communities grant from the Minnesota Department of Health.

 

meet the team

 
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Joíe Adebanjo - Associate

A tea lover with a unique sense of style, Joíe is a model with a dying thirst that can only be quenched via reparations. They are a strong believer in a genuine sense of 'compassion for your community' and an activist fighting to let the world know that all black lives matter. Their favorite thing about Shift MN is being able to better themselves and their immediate community, as a Virgo, it is their duty to check themselves and learn from those around them.


 
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KIERAN TVERBAKK - Associate

Kieran is a visual artist and proud parent of a one-toothed cat named Peanut. They are originally from Houston Texas and moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in fine art as well as to escape the southern heat. Mental health awareness, queer visibility, and accessibility to affordable healthcare are a few topics they are passionate about. When they’re not working in their studio they are usually hanging out in coffee shops, looking at or reading about art, and daydreaming about building a cabin in the woods.


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Brandon Castro-venancio

Brandon is a budding activist who wants to better his community for LGBT+ people. He grew up in New York where he developed a goal for the finer things in life, and hopes to utilize himself to help others do the same. In his free time, he likes to play with his dog and practice his hot pink bass named Ilya. He is a gay activist first, a closet gamer second, and a vegan (in theory) third.


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chavah gabrielle is a literary & performance artist, they are perpetually striving to create spaces of equity & justice, especially for queer & femme persons of color. they do this by actively focusing their work around healthy sexuality, racial justice, & self accountability. with a life emphasis on coffee, gratitude, & other people’s winter sweaters, chavah hopes to make a sustainable impact on their community.