From 2012-2015, Rev. Linda Herzer served a church with a large transgender population. This resulted in her learning much about transgender people, becoming an active ally, and authoring The Bible and the Transgender Experience: How Scripture Supports Gender Variance, published by Pilgrim Press. In recognition of her faithful support, Linda was made an honorary member of the Atlanta chapter of Tri-Ess, an international organization for cross-dressers. She also co-facilitates support groups for trans individuals and their loved ones, including the parents and spouses of trans children, youth and adults.
Linda is a seasoned trainer and curriculum developer. Prior to becoming a trans advocate, she had a 10-year career as a public school library media specialist. Throughout those years she developed and taught an extensive research skills curriculum. During seminary, Linda did diversity training while serving as Assistant Director of Women’s Concerns, and designed the curriculum for the school’s course on Women in Ministry. She is a certified Breathwork Coach and a Life Coach.
Linda holds a BA in History from Tufts University, a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Masters in Library Media from Georgia State University. She is the proud mother of one adult daughter and lives in Atlanta.
Gabrielle Claiborne has been an out and active trans woman since 2010. Prior to her transition, she owned and operated successful businesses in the construction industry, overseeing multi-million dollar projects nationwide. Today, she is a highly respected trans business owner, nominated by the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as their 2017 Business Woman of the Year. In 2015, Gabrielle was honored as Atlanta’s Best Trans Activist. In 2018, she received Emory University's Alum of the Year Pride Award, and was chosen by the Georgia Division of the U.S. Small Business Administration as their LGBT Small Business Champion of the Year.
Along with being a successful entrepreneur, Gabrielle is a sought-after speaker, a dynamic trainer and a recognized community leader. She has served as Event Coordinator for the Atlanta Transgender Community Group and co-hosted The Elle Transit, a program promoting trans awareness on Back2Us Radio. Gabrielle has served on the Atlanta PRIDE Board of Directors since 2015, and sits on the City of Atlanta's LGBTQ Advisory Board. She was also elected to the Executive Board at City of Light Atlanta, directed their choir, and founded and led the church’s trans support group.
Gabrielle holds a BS in Mathematics from Emory University and pursued a Masters in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. She is the proud parent of three adult children and lives in Atlanta.
The Kaleidoscope Group: A Strategic Alliance Partner
The Kaleidoscope Group (KG) is a full-service diversity and inclusion consulting firm owned and led by Doug Harris. A Chicago-based firm with an international presence, KG was founded in 1993. Today, The Kaleidoscope Group brings to each engagement a cadre of highly qualified consultants, designers, facilitators and more who co-create sustainable, measurable business impacts with and for their clients.
In 2017, Linda and Gabrielle entered a strategic alliance partnership with The Kaleidoscope Group to provide clients with the KG team’s support in all aspects of their diversity and inclusion (D&I) work. The partnership also enables The Kaleidoscope Group to offer Gabrielle and Linda’s transgender inclusion expertise as part of their full suite of D&I solutions.