Raised a military brat, Kristen considers herself Southern Californian, having spent almost 25 years in Orange County before moving to Vegas in June 2011. She spent the '90's doing hardcore LGBT activism in the OC, which included board-level involvement in several organizations, free-lance journalism and photography, and speaking on panels at colleges.
After a decade of self-stated "burn-out", Kristen is now back involved in the community primarily as a writer and photographer for the Blade California magazine. She also writes reviews of LGBT media with a focus on comic books and anime. Her primary writing project is her column "Active Voice" where she tells her real-life adventures as an out lesbian (with her friends), which debuted in the Blade magazine back in 1994. A book collection of the column will be coming out November 2012.