Mercedes Allen is a bisexual transsexual in a lesbian relationship. She has done written advocacy for the GLB, Native, HIV and Leather communities, as well as sex trade workers and Intersex people, but has focused most of her energies on the transgender community, where she has found the greatest need and fewest voices. Located in Southern Alberta, Canada, she started AlbertaTrans.org as a network to help foster and support the Edmonton, Calgary and rural communities within the province, as well as to provide information and training where requested. She is also interested in developing a wider Canadian network in the future. In her spare time, she works an 11-hour a day job.