Meet the Founder
Angelle M. Maua (they/them/elle or she/her/hers). Founder and COE (Chief of Everything)
Angelle M. Maua is the Founder/Executive Director and COE (Chief of Everything) of The Gender Phluid Collective. A community-based organization that provides resources, education, support, and connections for Black queer communities of San Diego. The Gender Phluid Collective helps to implement novel strategies to help bring about a lasting change in families' lives by partnering with local school systems/GSAs and city and county sectors that affect queer Black people's lives.
Angelle is a non-binary, Black, queer parent on this community engagement and empowerment journey since October 2017. They quickly learned how the healthcare system lacked the information to support trans and non-binary people through their transition—learning about the healthcare "gatekeepers" of the industry. As a parent, they discovered the true meaning of unconditional love and what it meant to be there for their child. They also learned the importance of advocacy in the school setting, protecting student rights, and giving them the tools to be successful and accepted in a school setting. This knowledge they are bringing to their community to help center and support parents and legal guardians supporting their children that identify as trans or non-binary, gender fluid, and every identity under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.
Angelle's journey, advocacy, and activism are published and featured frequently in media such as the San Diego Tribune, San Diego Voyager, LGBTQ San Diego News, and the Canvas Rebel/SD Voyager. They are also the Vice President of the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition, the only Black queer non-profit in Southern California. This year they were invited to the White House in February 2023 on behalf of the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition and The Center for Black Equity for Black History Month for a White House briefing on LGBTQI issues. This opportunity helped to open up many doors to more intentional conversations and real change for our Black queer communities throughout the United States.
Angelle is dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+, and same-gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. This work is fueled by their passion for their community and ensuring that we all get a seat at the table, even if that means we build the table.