PRYSM Advisors

Emerson Kirkpatrick, Youth Services Specialist

Staff Member: Visit Emerson’s Staff page HERE

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Zodiac sign: Aquarius

Where did you grow up?: East Memphis

Dogs or cats?: I’m a proud Cat Dad to Miss Kitty Periwinkle Kirkpatrick (15) and Phoebe “Phat Phoebez” Kirkpatrick (12)

Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Cupcakes because icing is the most important dairy option out there.

Facebook or Twitter?: Facebook all the way.

Favorite Place to eat in Memphis:  I’m a die hard fan of Dino’s Grill and El Mezcal.

Favorite Emoji and why: The robot because I have a weird thing for collecting robot related things just like your Aunt Susan who collects chicken decorations.

Hobbies: I love fishing, exploring new places and listening to Old Time Radio podcasts. I’ve listened to every episode of The Whisperer, Dragnet, The Shadow, Gunsmoke and many more!

Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?:  I grew up knowing that I didn’t identify with the body I was born with and knowing that it was a dangerous idea to talk about it with the people I knew. At 15 I found out about the Memphis Area Gay Youth (MAGY) and joined the group! Experiencing just 3 hours a week of being respected and understood was enough support to get me by for the rest of the week. While I loved and spent much of my time with the youth that attended, it was incredibly impactful for me to get to know the adult advisors because it gave me a sense of comfort knowing that these adults were still able to thrive in life regardless of their identity. It’s my goal to be a resource, role model and just a person that will listen to any youth who needs to be heard and supported because I truly understand the importance of being a safe adult to all youth.

Kylan

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Zodiac sign: Leo (Cancer cusp)

Where did you grow up?: Lawrenceburg, TN

Dogs or cats?: Snakes or rats…?

Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Caramel milkshakes with EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA caramel

Facebook or Twitter?: Youtube…???

Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: Benihana

Favorite Emoji and why: The little shrugging dude…cuz it represents my permanent state of existence of idk…

Hobbies: Painting, listening to music, horror movies

Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: I grew up in a small town and there were literally no resources for the LGBTQ+ community there. It was difficult growing up and being so out there. I just want to be able to help other young people to not feel as alone as I did, to know that its ok to be who they are, that although it may be tough at times they can make it through it and there is a bright future for them to look forward to. 🙂

Angela 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Zodiac sign: Aquarius

Where did you grow up?: Nashville, TN

Dogs or cats?: Cats

Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Ice cream

Facebook or Twitter?: Facebook

Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: C & K Breakfast House

Favorite Emoji and why: Lhe lips because i can blow a kiss to anyone!

Hobbies: Hair & photography editing

Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: I love coming to see the different faces of our LGBTQ+ youth and learning about what they like and dislike . I love the kids just as much as my own children.

April

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Where did you grow up?: All over! But mostly Jonesboro, AR and Fort Walton Beach, FL (near Destin)

Dogs or Cats: Both, but I find cats to be more relatable

Cupcakes or ice cream: Cupcakes

Facebook or Twitter: Twitter

Favorite place to eat in Memphis: The Pho Binh lunch buffet 🤤

Favorite emoji and why: My most used emoji is 😂because everything makes me laugh, but my favorite is probably 💖 because it makes me think of the warm fuzzies you get when you’re around the people you love.

Hobbies: Going out with friends, reading, crafting, watching horror movies

Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor: To help create more safe spaces for queer youth — and maybe by proxy I will learn how to stay young at heart!

Dylan

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Zodiac sign: Taurus

Where did you grow up?: Sunny Tacoma Washington!

Dogs or cats?: Both

Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Ice cream

Facebook or Twitter?: Instagram

Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: City Silo. They have amazing acai bowls.

Favorite Emoji and why: The painted nails emoji. It can be sassy, classy, or indifferent.

Hobbies: Hanging out with my new puppy, hiking, reading, cooking.

Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: To play a part in making life a little more pleasant for the local community. As a teen, I wish I had a program like this to assist me navigate this confusing/scary time. I can’t think of a better way to volunteer my time.

Tosha (“Tee”)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Zodiac sign: Sagittarius

Where did you grow up?: Chicago, Illinois

Dogs or cats?: dogs

Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Ice cream

Facebook or Twitter?:  Facebook

Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: Soul Fish Cafe

Favorite Emoji and why: The poop emoji… it can be used for multiple things

Hobbies: writing and performing

Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: I can’t think of a better way to volunteer my time. I love being able to direct young minds

 

Reed

 
Pronouns: He/Him/His
 
 
Zodiac sign:Virgo (Aquarius rising)
 
 
Where did you grow up?: Memphis
 
 
Dogs or cats?:I love all god’s creature’s equally! but dogs
 
 
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: cupcakes (Muddy’s only though)
 
 
Facebook or Twitter?: twitter unfortunately
 
 
Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: Golden India! best indian food in Memphis by far
 
 
Favorite Emoji and why: the grinning red demon, it best represents my sense of humor
 
 
Hobbies: hanging out with my dog, needlework, horror movies
 
 
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: I’m trans and I didn’t know a single trans person growing up, so I had zero models to look to for how my life could turn out. LGBTQ+ kids of all kinds should have positive adult role models so that they can have hope for their futures.

Katie

 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
 
 
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
 
 
Where did you grow up?: Germantown, TN
 
 
Dogs or Cats?: Both!
 
 
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Cupcakes.
 
 
Facebook or Twitter?: Facebook
 
 
Favorite Place to Eat in Memphis?: McAllister’s
 
 
Favorite Emoji and Why?: 🤦‍♀️ or🤷‍♀️ because these are constant moods.
 
 
Hobbies: True Crime shows/movies/podcasts, Documentaries, hanging out with my friends, going to 901 FC games.
 
 
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?:  Originally I started being an advisor for undergraduate social work intern hours but have stayed on since graduating from the program because I love coming up with fun activities for the group and how I always feel so welcomed every Saturday I get to be here. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

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