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5 Questions for Gabriel Bedell, Pow Pow Goods founder

Gabriel Bedell (he/him) is a Nicaraguan butch trans artist, originally from Michigan but local to Oakland, California for the past decade. He’s the owner and maker behind Pow Pow Goods, handcrafted unique leather items. He’s got a pup nicknamed Pow Pow, and volunteers at both Qulture Collective and CreativeMornings/Oakland.

1) Describe yourself in a six-word sentence.
Creative dreamer with a kind heart.

2) What was the last thing you shared on social media?

“Fun make for my Partner. Rainbow zig zag lining. Purple thread and exterior to match the color of bridesmaid dress. Still need to add hardware. Trying to choose between a button or magnetic clasp.”

3) What do you think is the main challenge facing LGBTQ people in your community?
I think the queer community is too divided. We’re up against the most oppressive government of our generation; we really need people to join together and support each other while building a stronger community. Within the queer community we should be looking to support marginalized individuals and we should support other oppressed communities.

4) What is your favorite LGBTQ business where you live?
Qulture Collective & [R]evolve Café. They’re a multi-use space and queer community in downtown Oakland founded and run by queer women. They host events, workshops, show artwork by QTPOC artists, and more.

5) What advice do you have for people looking to be just like you?
Discover what drives you. Then figure out how to make it happen. If you enjoy learning in a group, take a class or join a workshop. If you prefer independent learning the internet has very educational videos available for free. Volunteer at your local community queer space. Travel. No matter what you do, the key is to be yourself.

Angelo Louw
Angelo C. Louw
Angelo C Louw is the Advocacy Officer at Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII). He is also a Fulbright/Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship 2016-2017 awardee. He writes in his personal capacity.