Vailoa Palesoʻo

(She/Her)

COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador

From Seattle, raised in Central District, Vai began creating a name in activism for being the first openly trans girl as the president of her GSA club in High School. Shortly after, Vai was featured on the front page of Seattle Gay News for being awarded many LGBT+ scholarships including Pride Foundation, GSBA, and more! She continued with her activism by focusing on community building with fellow Trans Girls and Women through the Kiki Ballroom Scene. The Kiki Scene is an underground community where QTBIPOC come to seek refuge, resources, and celebrate the stories of those pushed out of our own families and communities.

Vai hopped on board with UTOPIA Washington as the Vaccine Ambassador. Known as a Kiki House Mother, Vai is very much connected to the QTBIPOC community in Seattle. She is also a Graphic Designer who has taken all types of contract jobs, big and small, that contributed to building community. As the Vaccine Ambassador, she embraces both sides to market and boost resources to our fellow QTBIPOC community members to gain access to the Vaccine or information.

Her passions include gaming, voguing, and spending time with her chosen family. Chosen family is very important to her as a former foster child. Although she was disconnected to her Samoan culture, UTOPIA Washington is the bridge to connect her to even more community to uplift and be uplifted.

The most important thing that people can learn from Black Transwomen, is that when you center Black Transwomen, we’re all free.

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