Kristen McCallum

Hi there! I'm Kristen and I'm a writer, producer and Founder of SafeWordSociety, a QTPOC+ owned & operated, visibility company in Brooklyn, NY.


I am the Founder & Executive Director of SafeWordSociety, a QTPOC+ visibility company based in Brooklyn, NY. SafeWordSociety is home to The SafeWordSociety Podcast, produced, engineered and hosted by yours truly along with co-host Lamika Young -- which launched in February 2017. The podcast uses interviews & discussions with community members to build QTPOC+ cultural competency within the media landscape. It has been heralded by The Guardian, NewNowNext, GO Magazine and more for creating a safe space for versatility and self-definition while uplifting the stories of those that are too often muted. It can be found  wherever you listen to podcasts and most recently streaming on Spotify.  

SafeWordSociety is also home to The Visibility Packs, launched in February 2018, a discussion-based card game to be adopted as a collective learning & engagement tool that initiates and enhances safe space discourse. Each pack provides access to appropriate language and other key elements necessary to engage the nuanced experiences of the varied & extensive communities in today's society.

As a published writer, I focus my work primarily on the intersections of my identities as a queer black woman, through personal essays and short stories. My bylines include,, Afropunk, GO Magazine and more. I have been recognized for my commitment to equity building & social justice for LGBTQIA+ communities of color by GO Magazine in 2017, when I was named one of their 100 Women We Love and more recently by my alma mater University at Albany, SUNY with the 2018 Harvey Milk Alumnus Award for social justice, to which my acceptance included delivering their Lavender commencement keynote. I will continue to share my journey of authenticity and triumph through workshops, panels and other engagements and I am currently available for booking...see how below! 


My work is produced through an unapologetic lens of being queer, black and woman. I am committed to creating space, visibility & cultural competency for LGBTQIA+ brown and black communities through the mechanisms of media. 

Here's what you should book me for:

  • Keynotes/Speeches
  • Creative Project Consulting
  • Workshop/Discussion Facilitation (Academia, etc.)
  • Event & Panel Hosting/Moderating
  • Non-Fiction/Fiction Article & Essay Writing

Have an idea in mind that you think I'd be a perfect fit for? Contact me.

The Work


SafeWordSociety X Veggie Mijas | The Visibility Pack Picnic



Receiving the Harvey Milk Alumnus Award, for making substantial contributions to social justice issues in her work and for community involvement, from her alma mater, University at Albany, SUNY.

Click here to watch her speech as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Lavender Celebration during commencement. 

"In this episode of Family Matters, we invited three members of the LGBTQ+ community to sit down with family members and talk candidly about coming out and how race and culture play a role in family dynamics. LGBT People Talk to Their Families About Coming Out | Family Matters | them."



What SafeWordSociety accomplishes and allows for is queer and trans people of color to control their own narratives; to talk about community specifics that are not only relevant but rare in other venues that treat QTPOCs as special interest groups to attend to every once in a while instead of a regular inherent point of focus.
— Trish Bendiz, Managing Editor of INTO
Kristen McCallum has emerged as a voice for QTPOC community through her podcast Safe Word Society an archivist of experiences, the people and the culture. Through her intellect, presence and curiosity she navigates the stories of those underrepresented with deep respect and humility ultimately creating greater visibility. She is a treasure to this community.
— Sontaia Briggs, Youth Advocate
Kristen McCallum has worked tirelessly over the last year to cultivate a brand and a community. The result? The SafeWordSociety, a podcast that’s changing the way queer and trans people of color view themselves, their peers, and their paths to success.
— TM Obscura, Writer


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