Ignacio G (Hutía Xeiti) Rivera, M.A. who prefers the gender neutral pronoun, They, is an Activist, Writer, Educator, Sex(ual) Healer , Filmmaker, Performance Artist and Mother. Ignacio has over 20 years of experience on multiple fronts, including economic justice, anti-racist and anti-violence work, as well as mujerista, LGBTQI and sex positive movements. Their work is influenced by their lived experience of homelessness, poverty and sexual trauma. Ignacio’s work is also driven by the strengths of identifying as a survivor, transgender, Yamoká-hu/Two-Spirit, Black-Boricua-Taíno and queer. View & Download Ignacio's CV.
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Ignacio G (Hutía Xeiti) Rivera, M.A., is a Queer, Trans, Yamoká-hu/Two-Spirit, Black-Boricua Taíno who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they.” Ignacio is an activist, writer, educator, sex(ual) healer, filmmaker, performance artist and mother. Ignacio is currently being mentored by elders and learning to one day have the honor of becoming a Behike (ceremonial leader) in their indigenous Taíno tradition.
Ignacio has over 20 years experience on multiple fronts including anti-racist, anti-violence, mujerista, and LGBTQI movements. Ignacio is the founder of Poly Patao Productions (P3)—dedicated to producing sex-positive workshops, performance pieces, films, play parties, and educational opportunities that are especially geared toward the sexual liberation of queer women, transgender, multi-gender, gender-queer, gender non-conforming, gender variant and queer people of color. They sporadically blogs on What They Said Blog about sexual liberation. Their (Re)nude Sex(uality) work focuses on working with survivors of child sexual abuse/sexual trauma, in finding or continuing their sexual health and liberation journey through workshops, one-on-one coaching, group work and hands on training.
Ignacio is a Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow. Just Beginnings Collaborative (JBC) is a movement building platform designed to initiate, cultivate, and fund strategic efforts to end child sexual abuse. As a fellow, Ignacio founded and directs The HEAL Project. This project fosters open dialogue in the movement by promoting healthy understanding of sex and sexuality as a focal point of any work to end child sexual abuse. An offspring of The HEAL Project, Pure Love is a collaboration of love, between Ignacio and their adult daughter Amanda. Pure Love is an online talk show that attempts to go beyond theory to practice in how we navigate the difficult topic of sex(uality) with our children.
Ignacio was named one of 5 Trans Writers who are Redefining Masculinity in 2016, one of the 7 Trans & Non-Binary Artists Doing the Work by Queer as Verb in 2015, as an Honor 41 in 2014, a Trans Artist of Color You Should Know in 2013 and recognized as one of the Trans 100 in 2013.