Lania Watkins is a West Oakland Native who’s work in Oakland has been primarily with youth and adults from all walks of life. Her experiences have been working with community members engaged in sex work, current and former foster care youth, the re-entry population, MSM and the un-housed community. Lania has spoken nationally on various panels and podcast on the topics such as : Aging out of sex work and cisgendered Woman & PrEP. She is a river guide and volunteers providing river trips to people living with HIV. Her passion has been to build appropriate programming for community members.


“ I believe that people of LGBTQ community are creative, resourceful & whole. People can thrive through many of life’s challenges when they feel connected through love, consistency with a variety of resources that promote wellness, self sufficiency and resilience.