Eddie McMullin is excited to join UTOPIA Seattle’s board. Eddie was born and raised in San Francisco. San Francisco is also the home of the first UTOPIA chapter, UTOPIA SF, of which he was a member, contributor and participated in the very first Mr. and Miss UTOPIA Pageant in 2001. Eddie believes in the values and mission of UTOPIA, so they are excited to become more involved in supporting and helping to realize its goals. Eddie moved to Seattle in March and is still adjusting to the cold! Eddie studied LGBT Studies at City College of San Francisco with a host of amazing teachers like Ardel Thomas. Eddie is one of a few Pacfic Islanders who received the “Incentive Awards Program” scholarship through the Osher Foundation when graduating high school, which allowed them to attend U.C. Berkeley. Eddie earned their B.A. In American Studies, where they concentrated on “Identity Formation in the U.S.” Eddie’s senior thesis is called, “Indigenous Gender and Colonial Religion: Researching the Relation between the Samoan Fa’afafine and Evangelical Christianity in the United States.” Eddie is currently revising this work in order to publish it to make it more accessible and to add to the current discourse around these issues. Once again Eddie is excited for the present and future of UTOPIA Seattle.