Meet the GetEQUAL Team
Gaby Garcia-Vera has been a part of the GetEQUAL family since 2012 and brings a wealth of experience fighting for immigrant rights, reproductive justice and Queer & Trans liberation across the state of Florida and around the country. In 2016 he cofounded the Coqui Language Collective a Florida based collective working to create language justice in Florida through interpretation and translation services. Before joining the staff of GetEQUAL Gaby served as the Field and Advocacy Manager at the Florida Latina Advocacy Network an extension of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where he oversaw organizing LatinX communities around Reproductive Justice. Formerly he’s served as Programs and Development Coordinator at Pridelines, and served on the Trevor Project’s National Youth Advisory Council in 2013 to combat stigma surrounding mental health and suicide prevention amongst LGBTQ youth.
Vera Garcia said, “I am excited and honored to have been selected to steward the organizing and vision of this amazing organization. The road that lay before us with the current political climate is one filled with violence, hatred, and fascism but in the wake of those things I know that our community is resilient, strong, and unwavering in its commitment to liberation. My dream is that together we can create sustainable communities where we are all free to create and construct our families in the way we see fit, free of violence and policing.”
Movement Building and Campaign Manager
Aaryn Lang (Brooklyn, NY) is an Activist, TV Show Host, Organizer, and Artist working toward the power and liberation of Black trans women. Born and raised in Columbus,OH, Aaryn’s love for social change dates back to 2008, where she volunteered with Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign and worked with Greenpeace USA. Aaryn has spent the past 4 years expanding the narrative of what justice looks like for black trans people in this country.
In 2014, Aaryn co-founded the now defunct Ohio branch of The Trans Women of Color Collective, where she was able to highlight inadequacies in local LGBT leadership and uplift black trans power locally, as well as nationally through a lasting relationship with Black Lives Matter. This relationship went on to expand the network’s framework around issues affecting black trans folks. in 2015, Aaryn organized the 1st annual Trans Liberation Tuesday, a national day of action to highlight the murders of Black of trans women.
She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Huffpost, Buzzfeed, MSNBC, MAC, Allure, MIC, and more. In Spring 2017, she co-hosted the second season of PBS’ First Person-- an interview-style series highlighting LGBT stories through intimate portraits of everyday life. Currently, Aaryn serves as Movement Building and Campaign Manager for national grassroots LGBT organization GetEQUAL.