Dee Michel

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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  • youth worker, activist
  • BA in History
  • From Clear Lake, Iowa, United States
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About Me


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trans dyke, genderqueer, Chicagoan. I go by she/her and they/them. I work at a LGBTQ youth center with some amazing and resilient queer and trans folk. Political activism is an important part of my life, and I'm always searching for ways to participate politically and for others to do so as well. I am into practicing what I believe in.

You will probably see my birth name and incorrect pronoun usage (he/him) on several references - please don't use that as I no longer identify with that name :)


Solidarity, liberation, internationalism, good will towards the people of the world. I want there to be a world without borders.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Right now I don't have time to host people to see the wondrous Chicago attractions. I am getting ready to travel with my partner to Oakland and San Francisco :)


I had a fantastic experience traveling through Germany and Russia using couchsurfing! I've hosted people internationally and all over the US. It's been a wonderful experience.


Political activism, people's history, musicology, gender theory, sexuality, Marxism, punky witches, trans liberation

Music, Movies, and Books

I love music: Boards of Canada, Sonic Youth, Sun Ra, Brian Eno, Alice Coltrane, Talk Talk, Sleater-Kinney, Jesus & Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gil Scott-Heron, Fela Kuti, 808 State

Film: 8 1/2, Juliet of the Spirits, Masculin feminin, Tout va bien, Scanners, Suspiria, Zabriskie Point, Akira, Eraserhead, Koyaanisqatsi, 2001: A Space Odyssey, American Psycho, A Night at the Roxbury

Books: Wretched of the Earth (Frantz Fanon), On Contradiction (Mao Zedong), The Black Panthers Speak (Eric Foner, ed.), Hammer and Hoe (Robin D. G. Kelley), Notes From the Underground (Dostoevsky), The Fall (Camus)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Well, I've been lucky to have seen many places in this world and to have met some amazing people who have changed my life. The most amazing sensation I feel is organizing youth, bringing more political consciousness to myself and those around me, and demonstrating in the streets. It's a very profound and gratifying experience.

Teach, Learn, Share

I don't have any expectations about learning any specific thing - I simply would like to learn whatever people have to share.

Countries I’ve Visited

Colombia, France, Germany, Mexico, Russian Federation, Spain, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Spain, United States

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