Max has been out and active in the LGBTQIA community since 2010. They earned a degree in Ethnomusicology and African American Studies at The University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, specializing their research in Queer Hip Hop in the U.S. and Turkish Hip Hop in Berlin, Germany. Max spent much of their undergraduate career in leadership roles at their alma mater, leading several campus-wide LGBTQIA groups and working in Residential Life as a Resident Advisor and Project Coordinator, focusing their work on intersectional inclusivity for Residential Life residents and staff. Max developed their passion for community education and outreach in these roles, which they continued to pursue post-graduation.
Max is a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate with Polk County Crisis and Advocacy and is passionate about individualized, LGBTQIA inclusive, Trauma Informed healthcare for all Iowans. They specialize in topics including Trauma Informed Care, Sexual Violence and Assault, mental health, the prison industrial complex, intersecting oppressions related to race, gender identity, and sexual orientation, LGBTQIA-inclusive birthwork, and the transgender and nonbinary communities. Max is a graduate of the One Iowa LGBTQ Leadership Institute and a volunteer at Transformative Healing. Max is currently pursuing Doula certification and hopes to be a LGBTQIA-specific birth worker and transition Doula.