Executive Director

Pinky Shear has been an advocate in the Trans community since 1994. In 2014, she witnessed corruption and abuse in the Georgia. legal system while being falsely incarcerated. Upon clearing her case, Pinky began work as an activist and organizer for trans prisoners' rights.
Pinky holds an AA Degree in Sociology from Georgia State University.

Additional work includes:
OutlantaCon 2018/2019 - Culture & Activism Track Director

Member of the National LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group

Member of Witness to Mass Incarceration's Witness Network

Pinky Shear


Monica served in the Navy on two submarines from 1970 to 1978. She has two sons and three grandsons. In 1977, she began her transition.  Monica created the Transgender Pride Flag in 1999 and donated the original to the Smithsonian in 2014. In 2000, she moved from Arizona to Georgia while working for Sprint, Sge retired from Sprint after 25 years in January 2015. She co-founded the Transgender American Veterans Association in 2003 for better treatment of trans people in the VA. In 2004, she was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, the first trans person from Georgia to do so. The author of six books, she plans to release her autobiography 2019. Monica has been the Grand Marshal at three prides and will be Grand Marshal in two more in 2019

Monica Helms

Director of Marketing & Media

Mel White is a FTM trans person who has dedicated himself to charitable causes throughout his lifetime. He has tattoos on his forearms stating, “I exist to assist. How may I serve?” that act as a daily reminder of his mission.
Mel has served various non-profits as an administrator, bookkeeper and marketing professional with a career spanning three decades. Now "retired" from corporate America, Mel prefers to spend his time writing and serving Freedom Overground in any way that he can. In addition to acting as Director of Marketing and Media, he also serves on the Board of Directors as its Secretary/Treasurer.

Mel White