Who is Smitty Buckler? No one will probably ever know not even Smitty themselves but here is a start.
Smitty Buckler is an amalgamation of grey area politicized identities. They express themselves through the intersections of being an artist, organizer, writer, performer, dancer, coder, researcher, healer, and advocate. Smitty is passionate about ending the HIV epidemic in the trans community by advocating for empowerment of trans individuals in HIV activism which includes anti-stigma work based in trauma informed care. Moreover they are deeply invested in increasing access to testing services and recruitment in HIV research. They have been creating opportunities for qtpoc spectrum artists since 2005 through the Collective of Geniuses (CoG). CoG is now working to bridge the gap between art as social change and essential healing tools with a project called Rad Care. Smitty believes that pieces of paper donâ€™t actually say much about a person credentials… despite having an extensive professional resume, a three page art CV and numerous certifications to validate themselves to the powers that be. Enthusiasts of Smitty say among their other qualities, one is phlebotomizing the patriarchy of all its evil blood, replacing it with liquid glitter. This is apparent in their art and the fierceness they bring to intersectional activism.