Lourdez Velasco (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Indigenous CHamoru parent, multi-disciplinary creator, organizer and facilitator. Lourdez grew up in Washington State, living the last 14 years in Duwamish and Coast Salish Territory. They spent part of their childhood on their ancestral land of Guåhan. Their parents are from the villages of Chalan Pago and Hagåtña, Guåhan. Their work weaves storytelling, illustration, poetry, collage, dance, performance, song and film. Lourdez is a self and community taught artist. Their illustrative practice grew by being invited to illustrate posters for community fundraisers, protests, events, and portraits to commemorate loved ones who passed. They are a former teaching artist and exhibiting artist at the Wing Luke Museum. In 2020, they were awarded ARTS at King Street Station Artist-in-Residence as well as an artist in residence for Gi Matan Guma's MALI'E' residencies. Lourdez is a co-founding member of queer CHamoru art collective Guma’ Gela,’ a queer and trans Pasifika & Asian Artist Collective, flower flower, and co-founder of the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network. They love their teenage child, elder pitbull and sweet treats!