Founded on Burning Man culture, the mission of Queerburners is to cultivate inclusive spaces for LGBTQIA+ people and allies by fostering community and leadership.
Queerburners originally started in 2008 as a platform to network LGBTQIA+ Burning Man participants by creating an online space for the community. Many camps and smaller groups in regions around the world existed, but no organization that was guided by the 10 Principles which allowed people in these groups to engage and collaborate. Through our website and social media, the group created more interactions and engagement that grew organically over time.
Queerburners has also created and launched events for leadership and community engagement in safe spaces. These spaces are very important to people who are marginalized in the outside world and sometimes in the Burning Man community.
Our events have put LGBTQIA+ artists and performers in the spotlight. We have cultivated and encouraged leadership and mentorship in the community. Looking forward, we will continue to produce events that seek to inspire collaboration.
By assisting artists and performers and working with other 501(c)(3) organizations, Queerburners helps community members succeed in the expression of their art. The organization will support LGBTQIA+ participants who seek funding to bring art projects to Burning Man and other community events and spaces.
Queerburners centers diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values of our community. Consent culture and safe places are key tenets of Queerburners, particularly for people of color, transgender, and non-binary persons.
Lastly, Queerburners advocates for Queer Spaces in the Burning Man community which includes the Queer neighborhoods at Burning Man.
We imagine a future where LGBTQIA+ Burners wield the power and resources to thrive in the celebration of a truly inclusive Burner community through arts and performances, and are able to sustainably contribute to the culture of Burning Man and the world.
Queer Burners (dba Queerburners): is a non-profit with the IRS : > click here < to see our filing status
The current Board of Queerburners were placed at the formation meeting in January 2021, with the anticipation that there will be adjustments as we move into the year. We are still asking the community for qualified and interested people in a couple roles with the Board, our Officers and in Support roles. These openings are listed below.
Terms of service vary for 1, 2 and 3 years from September to September annually. How do I become a Board Member, Officer or Support person for Queerburners?
Voting Board Members - 2021
Additional Roles - 2021
Support and Logistics
Success is not achieved by sitting on the sidelines. The foundation has been laid by 10 years of history, but looking ahead we have a chance to shine in new and brighter ways.
How do you get engaged? The first step is showing up. The Board will be meeting at least once a month and will break out into committees that will curve back to the board through reporting and engagement.
Board Member terms typically start in September and can run for 1, 2 and 3 years and can be renewed by a vote on the Board. As we start anew there might be some initial shifting around as we grow into the year and set the path ahead.
In the immediate future our sights are set on:
Leadership in our community starts with pulling on your playa boots and walking the walk. We are the path we forge. Be the change you want to be and do not be surprised that there are others who want to walk that road with you.
Founder, Queerburners in 2008 long before it went legit by becoming a non-profit with the Board. Burner Resume:
I came across Burning Man and it shook my life. I swear it was during my mid-life crisis which might still be going on. Because it shook me to the core. I started exploring new ideas about my own life and the things I could do and accomplish.
Matt has been burning since 2016.
Events Director, He/Him
As a native Californian, a long-time San Franciscan, a gay man, a third-world traveler, and retired humanitarian worker, the fundamental ethos of the ten principles resonated deeply within me from the first moment I read them online. My first burn was in 2012 and since then I have I developed deeper connections within the Burning Man community thru my involvement with the Black Rock Rangers (2015 to 2019), theme camps, volunteering at numerous local & regional events, and with the Queer Burner community.
RIDE: Radical Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Director, He/Him
2013 was my first year making the trek to Black Rock City. In 2014 I started a storytelling project that was produced and presented at our local Fringe Festival, putting DC Burners on stage. I've gone to regionals and worn many hats over the years. And I attended the last three Global Leadership Conferences.
My passion for the Burning Man community stems from the sense of peace, shared existence, and personal expression that I felt in Black Rock City. In the default world I have always experienced challenges in externally representing myself how I feel internally and having the sense of safety and acceptance to interact with unknown people (...introvert here!). Burning Man provided me with a space where I grew in my sense of self, and experienced radical love, acceptance, and expression. With this impact on my life, I want to involve myself in the Burning Man community year-round to support the growth of like spaces centered around intentional actions building diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2018 and 2019 I was fortunate enough to ride my motorcycle to Burning Man. I am a public school teacher with a grounding in critical pedagogy. Over my years teaching I have led seminars on queer inclusive education at the district level, acted as a founding member of my district's equity committee, and completed an MA in Human Rights Education (focusing upon queer experiences).
Special Projects, She/Her
Grants Committee Lead
I became involved with the Burning Man community in 2018 as a member of the Land of Monkey Camp usually in the 7:30 sector. In 2020 I joined the virtual events team for Celestial Bodies' monthly Accelerant events. I enjoy working on efforts that support and build our community and am currently also volunteering with Virtual Experience Support Services Team, BWB Green Theme Camp Power Team, and BRCvr Events Team.
Web Manager & General IT Nerd, He/Him
A mostly retired programmer and startup person, Joel was the founder of Stack Overflow, Trello, Fog Creek, and Glitch. Today he works on LED art and volunteer projects involving Burning Man.