Loan Tran – Queer Organizer, Writer, and Trainer of Color based in Durham, NC


Loan Tran, also known as they/her, is an LGBTQ organizer, writer, and trainer of color based in Durham. For over a decade, they have been engaged in liberation struggles for migrants, LGBTQ people, and communities of color – serving on both the board of Southern Vision Alliance and former leadership teams at Rising Majority.


Loan Tran, an organizer based out of Durham, has been actively engaging in liberation struggles on behalf of migrants, queer and gender-nonconforming people, communities of color, and other marginalized populations for over a decade. Their efforts span across US and international waters. Currently serving on the advisory board for Emergent Fund, which was set up after 2016’s presidential elections to provide rapid response organizing support; also serving on Rising Majority’s leadership team and organizing around anti-racism worker solidarity issues and anti-racist issues with Black Girl Dangerous being published publications such as Black Girl Dangerous Waging Nonviolence and Gendered Lives among many others.

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Loan Tran earned their associate degree in mathematics at San Jacinto College before continuing to the University of Houston for their bachelor of civil engineering studies.


Loan Tran is an activist writer and organizer specializing in liberation struggles for migrants, LGBTQ people, communities of color, youth, and students. Loan is an active member of Highlander Research and Education Center’s board of directors, Rising Majority’s Coordinating Committee/Advisory board/Advisory board/Third Wave Fund’s Advisory board, and Migrant Roots Media’s board. Loan also co-founded Southern Vision Alliance as a regional movement infrastructure intermediary providing queer rural migrant organizing support based out of Durham, NC; their work can be seen featured in the books The Solidarity Struggle (2016) and 16-Love (2019).

Loan works with small and mid-market companies and private equity funds to secure debt and equity financings for them.


Loan, an organizer and movement intermediary based in Durham, has spent the past decade fighting to liberate migrants, queers, and communities of color. She currently serves on the leadership team at Southern Vision Alliance, where she co-founded and led their Southern Movement Infrastructure Exchange initiative and youth organizing fellowships. Furthermore, Loan was recently elected founding board member at Highlander Research & Education Center and an advisory council member of Third Wave Fund.

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Loan Tran is an accomplished writer and organizer with over a decade of experience building social movements for the liberation of all people. Their work has been published in publications such as Black Girl Dangerous, Waging Nonviolence, NY Times Gendered Lives & Workers World. Loan is deeply engaged in their communities throughout the South and global South, whose stories inspire them and give strength.

Loan is employed at Dallas County Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences’ Office of Medical Examiner as a Medicolegal Death Investigator – commonly misinterpreted as “CSI.” To date, they have processed over 300 bodies this year alone!

They were researchers at WestEd, specializing in complex data analyses and predictive modeling for education projects. Furthermore, they earned their BA in Mathematics from the University of California Berkeley and their BS in Bioengineering from that same institution. From 1992-1995, they also studied Radiation Oncology with Oregon Clinic/LGROMA.


Loan brings over ten years of experience organizing and training others for liberation struggles involving migrants, LGBTQ people, communities of color, youth, and students. Currently, they are actively managing in Durham, North Carolina, where they serve on the advisory board of Emergent Fund (which supports rapid response organizing following the 2016 elections) and Rising Majority’s leadership team. Southern Vision Alliance was co-founded and directed by them, where they launched Queer Mobilization Fund and youth organizing fellowship programs. Furthermore, they possess extensive training expertise in popular education-style workshops and organizational development. Finally, they support Black Lives Matter while opposing imperialism.

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