Trystan Reese has been working in the LGBTQ movement his entire adult life. Starting off as an organizing fellow with the National LGBTQ Task Force, he cut his teeth working on ballot measures all over the country. From Kalamazoo to California, he built teams from the ground up that fought on the frontlines of some of the biggest political battles the movement has seen. From there he began investing in his own learning around anti-racism, studying with the Social Justice Training Institute to fight racism in all its forms. He regularly facilitates trainings and runs workshops teaching others how to strive for racial justice.
He took a step back from organizing to join Immigration Equality as their Development Director, building new events and securing a sustainable stream of grassroots donors dedicated to supporting LGBT asylum-seekers fleeing persecution in their countries of origin. He continued to work in resource development as the VP of Development and Communications at Camp Fire Columbia, a youth-serving organization in Portland providing after-school and outdoor education programs in schools throughout the region. He was able to continue supporting the nonprofit sector as Associate Director of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, supporting 50,000 emerging leaders in the field.
In 2017, he exploded into the national spotlight when he chose to have a biological child with his partner, Biff. The sudden spotlight cast on his family allowed them to tell their unique parenting story to millions of people around the globe. Trystan lives in Portland with his partner Biff and their three amazing kids, and they can collectively be found on Facebook as “Biff and I.”