Our Team

Em Moratto is a non-binary grrrl author, songwriter, and social worker. She has written, edited, and published a myriad of books and albums and is currently attending the University of Denver for her graduate degree in social work.

Why Out of Yer Shell?

Upon entering graduate school, Em was drawn to research, and more specifically how marginalized communities’ voices were removed or silenced within the field. She studied queer youth suicidality and came to the startling conclusion that nobody was looking for ways to reduce it. Initially, she thought to engage in a lofty career of cutting-edge research on interventions to reduce suicidal ideation and completion, but that shit takes too long, so she decided to use research to back up her own experience with the hope that queer kids and their loved-ones would have everything they need to transition together.

Favorite Distractions

Scooby-Doo

Cartoons

Books. Books. Books.

Playing Guitar

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Jen Sincero – You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Cam Surratt is a trans man with several years’ experience acting as a trans youth mentor and monthly group meeting facilitator. He is currently pursuing a social work master’s degree at the University of Denver, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (ABEC) from Canisius College.

Why Out of Yer Shell?

Cam lived “stealth” (not out to anyone who knew him after he transitioned) as a trans man until 2019, until he entered graduate school and determined that he felt safe to come out publicly and add his voice to the others in the trans community. His motivation for social work largely comes from his own experience as a child and teenager who struggled to navigate gender identity, sexuality, mental illness, and transitioning, and he aims to be a person of support for LGBTQIA+ youth that he did not have himself at a younger age. He also has extensive interest in working with animals as part of his therapeutic style, and has several years of shelter work experience as a volunteer and intern working primarily with dogs, cats, and small animals like rabbits and rodents.

Favorite Distractions

Sewing

Drawing

Outfit Coordination

Psychoanalyzing Cartoon Characters

“A Caterpie may change into a Butterfree, but the heart that beats inside remains the same.”

Brock – Pokemon

Liz Wheatall is a non-binary, queer human who currently works in intersectional animal welfare research and food justice. They studied psychology, cultural anthropology, and gender & sexuality studies in Boston, and they are currently attending the University of Denver for their MSW in Sustainable Development & Global Practice.

Why Out of Yer Shell?

Growing up, Liz faced a lot of confusion over their very feminine gender expression and very masculine personality traits. Through studying gender & sexuality in college, they realized they did not identify with any specific gender and did not see any personal purpose in gender identification for themself. Additionally, as they further explored their spirituality, they felt less like a gendered being and more as a genderless cloud of energy. Since these realizations, Liz has become passionate about questioning the status quo and empowering everyone to embrace all parts of their wonderful, diverse selves, as they are.

Favorite Distractions

Playing Guitar

Gardening

Mountain Running

Qigong

“All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention if only one can first conceive of doing so. Moments like this, I can feel your heart beating as clearly as I feel my own, and I know that separation is an illusion. My life extends far beyond the limitations of me.”

David Mitchell
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