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A Cultural Conversation: Mia Tu Mutch Speaks on Privilege and Oppression

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I strive to facilitate consciousness raising cultural humility trainings and sustainable policy solutions that improve the health, wealth, safety, and power of LGBTQ people and people of color.” – Mia Tu Mutch

Mia Tu Mutch is an advocate, educator, artist and mutch more. Growing up in Texas, Mia experienced bullying, isolation, and survived conversion therapy that attempted to mold her into a straight man. After moving to San Francisco Mia struggled with homelessness, discrimination, and violence but eventually found community and a career. Mia is a testament to the fact that with the right support even LGBTQ youth from unsupportive families can not only survive, but thrive!

As an appointed member of the San Francisco Youth Commission, Mia continued advocating for bullied youth, homeless youth, and worked with fellow Commissioners to secure free Muni for 40,000 youth and encouraged the Mayor to launch Summer Jobs +. Mia also co-created 12N a web based LGBTQ cultural competency training for over 9,000 Department of Public Health employees. As a trainer for the Sequoia Leadership Institute, a program of LYRIC, she provided age appropriate workshops on gender and sexuality for elementary, middle school, and high school students to build their compassion towards LGBTQ people and to prevent bullying.   

Mia is now pursuing a degree in Public Policy from Mills College, and as an Advocacy Fellow for Transitional Age Youth San Francisco she provides platforms for young people to engage in conversations with City Departments to inform policy decisions that impact their lives. She simultaneously serves on the Advisory Board of the SF LGBTQ Speaker’s Bureau, the Department of Children Youth and Their Families Citizens Advisory Committee, and the Mayor’s Taskforce on Human Trafficking Child Sex Trafficking Subcommittee.


She specializes in facilitating community workshops on LGBTQ cultural humility that utilize popular education, experiential learning activities infused with pop culture references and a dash of humor. You might have seen Mia featured in several speaking tours including the Equality RideVanguard Queer History Tour, or MCing events like Trans March or  Femme Conference.

At 24 years old, Mia Tu Mutch has already been invited to speak at over 30 conferences and colleges.  With over 10 years experience as a community organizer and activist she has lead successful campaigns that received tangible results. Mia has also been a direct service provider for 4 years, coordinating services for homeless youth, facilitating employment programs for LGBTQ youth, and counseling transgender people through their transition process.


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