Augusto Rodriguez, President
Augusto “Auggie” Rodriguez (he/him) has been a Board Member at Large with BQAC since January 2020 and recently was nominated as Vice President in 2021. Auggie by day is a Customer Service Representative. He is a firm believer in bringing diversity and inclusion and representation within the Bi+ Community being Latinx himself (Puerto Rican, Cuban and Spaniard). When he is not working, Auggie spends his time creating content under his production company AR FILMS CHICAGO (who produced our 10 year anniversary documentary in 2020), building with LEGO, and watching DVD special features.
Hugo Escobar, Vice-President
Hugo Escobar (He/They) is from Guatemala and got his start with BQAC by volunteering and hosting our Bi Movie Nights monthly and adding structure by discussing each film we present and how it relates to the viewer’s life and identity. He joins the board as Vice President in 2022. Hugo has a degree in Education/Spanish Studies. He was an Executive Committee member of Anti-Defamation League (St. Louis). They are also a faculty member of The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) in the St. Louis Region. In his free time, they love nature walks, interior design, and has a huge appreciation for art.
Asheer Ashraf, Treasurer
Asheer Ashraf (he/him) lives in Chicago and works as a Salesforce Architect. He believes in learning and growing so that he can better serve others. He is into fitness, technology, history, psychology, nature and reading. As someone who had to overcome past sexual traumas and strong religious cultural dogmas, he hopes to inspire and support others on their bisexual journey.
AJ Demulling, Director
AJ Demulling (they/he) is an actor, photographer, and activist new to Chicago in 2022. They fell in love with BQAC almost immediately and it strongly influenced their decision to pick Chicago as their new home, with their spouse, Mark. They volunteered with BQAC in 2022 and joined the Board in January 2023. Their commitment to gender equality and visibility has remained a constant in their lives. “I have always identified as bisexual, and as queer and non-binary for about ten years,” they say. In the Twin Cities, they first volunteered with the Bi+ community through BiCities, starting in 2012. They enjoy travel, random road adventures, scootering around the city, and exploring the lakeshore.
Mark Demulling, Director
Mark Demulling joined the Board in January 2023. He identifies as demisexual and gray-asexual. He moved to Chicago in 2022 with his spouse, AJ. They got involved with BQAC even before moving to the area through BQAC’s virtual events, including movie nights on Zoom. Being at the intersection of communities and his rejection of binary thinking drew him to BQAC. He enjoys photography, nature, sustainable economics, and Zen Buddhism. He is a calming influence and believes that we should strive onward to quietly help others make the world a better place. “Even if you do end up with a proverbial hill of beans, what does that really mean without compassion for others or without their compassion for you?” His affinity with the Bi+ community was set into action as a volunteer camera operator for BiCities.
Mikey Oboza, Director
Mikey Oboza is a survivor of sexual assault, incest and domestic violence. During his 28 years of sobriety living with disabilities he became an award winning intersectional radical queer feminist. After confronting Bisexual Erasure, he became the first volunteer Bi liaison by beginning Bi programs at Center On Halsted (COH) 2009-2013. While continuing to share his original vision to help continue Bi and Queer history, he asked Ed Negrón to help, they agreed and became Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago (BQAC) cofounders at BQAC’s first meeting October 16, 2010. He is drag co-host of BQAC’s first Queer Book Club 2022-2023. He has received a Michael Page award 2011 from The Marin Foundation, Bisexual Program Volunteer 2012 from COH, Chicago Bisexual Person of the Year 2013 from StonewallAgain and Volunteer of the Year 2022 from BQAC which he graciously declined.
Greg Newton, Director
Greg joined the board in 2022 and has been involved with BQAC since September 2021. “While trying to understand myself, I hope to help others understand Bisexuals,” He said. His other passion is helping the food and home insecure community by partnering with the Chicago Bridge Project. Their services provide food, clothing and shelter opportunities for those lacking these resources in the Chicagoland area.
Scott (he/him) has lived in Chicago for more than 20 years and has been active with issues including social justice, healthcare access, wellness, and spirituality. As a learner himself, he is interested in encouraging others to understand and celebrate the components of their unique journeys. He hopes to research and share information which might enhance the wellness of other queer and bisexual men and better their relationships with others and themselves.
T H Johnson, Director
T H Johnson (he/him) joined the board in January 2020 and brings a wealth of experience gained from coast to coast and trips to Europe ranging from two weeks up to six months at a time. He worked in all aspects of business and organizational management, including operations; training and professional development; logistics; public relations; budget management; human resources; information systems; and strategic planning. His academic credentials include a vocational certificate in Audio-Visual Technology, technical certificate in Micro-Computer Operations, an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration, a Baccalaureate in Applied Psychology, and a Master of Business Administration. In 2005, he moved to the Chicago area for a one-year temporary job as a government contractor, which was defunded six years later when the President and Congress couldn’t agree on the budget. He currently works full-time as a home health caregiver and part-time as a ride-share and delivery driver; and is open to new opportunities. He makes his home in Waukegan and enjoys the lakes area as much as possible. He is an avid music enthusiast, and enjoys live theatre as much as possible. T H describes himself as “polyamorous before we knew that was what we were” and would like to organize some group events in Lake County.