Teo Drake is a spiritual activist, an educator, a practicing Buddhist and yogi, and an artisan who works in wood and steel. A blue collar, queeridentified trans man living with AIDS, Teo’s activism exists at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, and spirituality. He sees compassion as being central to building a just world, and therefore compassion is central to his spiritual grounding and compassion practices are at the core of his teaching and trainings. He is a board member and on faculty with Off the Mat, Into the World; a member of the advisory board of the Transgender Law Center’s project Positively Trans; part of the poor and blue collar national working group for Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ); and a founding member of the Transforming Hearts Collective. His writing appears in the anthology Yoga and Body Image and at the blog www.rootsgrowthetree.com.