About QueerLand

QueerLand is a 100% volunteer and LGBTQ+-run nonprofit dedicated to creating a safe space for the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth artists. Our mission is to empower LGBTQIA+ youth (ages 14–24) by providing life-changing opportunities for queer youth to train in the arts, offering opportunities to perform and showcase their work, offering opportunities to participate in wellness activities and programs, learn about queer culture through our lending library of LGBTQIA+ works (when we have a brick and mortar center) and Q&A panels with queer creators, and have a space to connect with the queer community through arts-oriented social events.


Meet the team that works behind the scenes to make all of this possible!

  • Abbie Phillips (They/Them/Theirs)

    Abbie Phillips (They/Them/Theirs)

    Founder and Board Chair

    They founded the organization out of a passion for creating safe spaces for queer youth to build confidence, community, and self-efficacy within the arts and they hope to see the organization continue to grow in offering opportunities to support and empower LGBTQ+ youth.

  • Petrina Suggs (she/they)

    Petrina Suggs (she/they)

    Board Vice-chair

    As a Black, queer leader in youth programming, they are most passionate about centering the experiences of marginalized youth and advocating for youth leadership development.

  • Shannon Penrose

    Shannon Penrose

    Board Secretary

    Shannon joined the Queerland team because she’s passionate about creating opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community to connect & celebrate the arts.

  • Allison Lu (she/her)

    Allison Lu (she/her)

    Treasurer and Finance committee member

    She is determined to find intersections of art and tech and break down barriers to entry to create access and opportunity for all.

  • Shana Montañez

    Shana Montañez

    Board and Program development committee member

    As a Queer Latina, Artist, and founder of an LGBTQ+ & BIWOC entertainment consulting agency, @btgntheagency Shana is ardent about supporting and creating opportunities for the community, especially the next generation. Through the power of representation, community building, equitable opportunities, and mentorship, especially in the arts, Shana looks forward to assisting Queerland in their mission!

  • Carrie Chen (she/her/they/them)

    Carrie Chen (she/her/they/them)

    Board and Fundraising committee member

    A proud, Queer, Taiwanese-American, a life-long artist and creator, and an advocate for BIPOC LGBTQ+ mental health and empowerment. They are a testament to the healing powers of art and community.