Athena Edmonds
LGBTQ Youth Advocate

Athena Edmonds is a Greater Boston PFLAG Parent Support Group Facilitator and an advocate for LGBTQ Youth. Served on the Board of GBPFLAG, and on the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth for the past six years. Advocated with the legislature, the insurance industry, and the medical establishment to address LGBTQ healthcare disparities. Presented to insurance companies, the Massachusetts Department of Insurance, and many hospitals in the Boston area including McLean and Mass. General Hospital. Athena is also a writer and was poet-in-residence at Everett High School in 2017. Since completing her MFA in Creative Writing at Leslie University, her poetry has appeared in several literary journals. She has completed residencies at Ragdale, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. She co-founded a poetry program at the Concord Massachusetts Correctional Institution and taught men incarcerated for life at the Baystate Correctional Center for seven years as a volunteer with PEN New England.