C.D. Kirven (Chastity Kirven) – was born in Waco and raised in Dallas, TX.
At age of sixteen she wrote an article about corporal punishment that went over the AP wire which generated enough interest that ultimately restricted its use in Texas public schools.
She is a Lambda Literary nominated author for her debut book, 'What Goes Around Comes Back Around'.
Kirven was the Outreach Coordinator for Legacy of Success Foundation and won member of the year in 2008. As Outreach Coordinator, she assisted with saving a local food pantry program that serviced 3,000 homeless HIV patients. Kirven was a founding board member of DFW Pride Movement and was one of the ENDA 4 with the organization Get Equal. Kirven wanted to focus on racism in the LGBT community and created the organization Get Equal Now. Get Equal Now tackles injustice inside and outside the gay rights movement.
A nationally known artist, her artwork appeared at the 2009 Butch Voices Conference in Oakland, CA and her art was featured in the December 2009 issue of Curve Magazine. Recently part of the 'ART AS A WEAPON' exhibit at the Smoke & Mirrors Gallery in Dalllas, TX. Kirven created the first GLBT cell phone documentary, about same sex intimate partner abuse, called 'The Dark Side of the Rainbow', which was featured at several film festivals around the country.
Kirven is a contributing writing for several LGBT media outlets including; CherryGrrl.com, Bilerico, AMBIENTE magazine, Dallas Voice, Bay Windows, Dallas Post Tribune, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, KVUE ABC, Telemundo and many others.
Ms. Kirven is currently working on a screenplay, her second book,The Glass Closet and a documentary.