Chief Program Officer
Pronouns: she/her & they/them
Joining the team in 2014, Twiggy Pucci Garçon currently serves as the Chief Program Officer for True Colors United.
Raised in a southern, religious, predominantly Black community, today, Twiggy Pucci stands as a proud non-binary member of the LGBTQ+ community. As an activist, advocate, healer and creator, Twiggy attributes the balance of struggle and strength they witnessed and experienced, early in life, to their ability to maneuver through spaces of power and represent for people without.
Praising literary greats like James Baldwin to the women in their family, Twiggy is quick to credit their ancestral warriors and pathmakers for the elevation of their own voice in a way that ultimately leads to progress. Since finding support in the ballroom community at a very crucial moment in their life, Twiggy leverages every opportunity to generate conversations around equity for LGBTQ+ young people and create quality spaces for them to be centered in making decisions and solutions around the issue of homelessness.
Through direct action, both internally and in support of other initiatives, Twiggy is uniquely positioned with extensive knowledge of the needs of the LGBTQ+ youth population, including the direct impact to BIPOC young people and how to foster relationships with organizations that offer effective quality services. Working within True Colors United for more than half a decade, Twiggy works alongside a dynamic group of individuals in the fight and protection of rights for young people with lived experiences of homelessness. Leading initiatives including the former 40 of the 40, a national list of resilient young people with lived experiences of homelessness, they understand the importance of inspiring hope and reducing the stigma experienced by LGBTQ+ and BIPOC youth while giving them the opportunities to safely grow and learn within the communities. A few years later, they co-created TCU’s National Youth Forum on Homelessness – a group of young people who experienced homelessness or housing disability and leveraged their stories to inform the national conversation on homelessness, national policy and local practice. From day one, Twiggy identified the need to design a program that would address the nuances faced by service providers and provide strategy & structure to the systems, experts and organizations that directly impact LGBTQ+ and BIPOC young people. Through the evolution of programs like Youth Collaboration into Youth Action, Twiggy and the True Colors team are committed to this movement of principle and practice.
With over 15 years of experience, both personally and professionally, Twiggy has collaborated with artists, filmmakers, academics and policymakers to increase visibility of both creative and sociopolitical agendas.
From The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter to OUT and The Advocate, Twiggy has received extensive visibility for their work as a runway trainer and performance artist. Twiggy was also a featured subject in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ HBO documentary feature film The OUT List and is the co-writer and one of seven subjects in the Sundance-selected, award-winning documentary, KIKI (Directed by Sara Jordenö). They serve as a consultant and runway choreographer on Ryan Murphy’s Emmy nominated hit FX series, POSE, and sit on the Board of Directors for Doc Society.
With experience as a creative director, event producer, and culture curator, they’ve collaborated with brands and organizations like Gucci, Coach, FX, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, GLAAD, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Reebok, HighSnobiety and more. Twiggy is the Overall Overseer for the Legendary International House of Comme des Garçon and the Chief Ambassador for the Center for Black Equity. Previously held positions include the consulting programmer for Outfest, Newfest, and Outfest Fusion.
Marching to the beat to their own drum – or at times Beyonce’s I Was Here – Twiggy believes progressive/forward-thinking movement requires personal & community healing work, and acknowledgement that we all have the power and divine right to dream, think, say, and DO it!