Buffy Flores is a trans (she/her), Latinx, vegan writer who is currently serving as an Email Marketing Specialist at The Humane Society of the United States, a News Writer at VegNews, and an Editor at The Rumpus. She’s an Aries/Taurus cusp who has been described as a combination of cats and sadness and having the aesthetic of a Sunnydale student who actually has secret powers and helps Buffy (the Vampire Slayer) in the end but is never seen again in any other episode. She volunteers with Mercy for Animals, The Humane League, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and ACCT Philly. Roxane Gay once said she liked her voice. Her writing has appeared in Livekindly, The Dodo, VegNews, Adweek, USA Today, Into, Bustle, Nylon, Teen Vogue, In Defense of Animals, One Green Planet, Bitch, The Rumpus, Pride, Out, The Mary Sue, Mask, Everyday Feminism, and more.
Buffy’s veganism is inclusive and thoughtful. It acknowledges the black and POC roots of the movement, strives for increased awareness and inclusivity of veganism across the spectrum, and promotes understanding and conversation vs. judgment.
In her senior year of college, Buffy started a blog called Homo Normo, which focused on the under-discussed topic of ‘homonormativity.’ With only three posts on the site, Buffy was catapulted to the first page of Google. Her work remains there today. This is because homonormativity is often written about in highly academic, inaccessible formats. Buffy’s goal from the start was to be able to help queer youth who felt like they were being treated differently by queer and non-queer peers alike for things like their gender representation, weight, ability, and the like. While Buffy’s work on homonormativity started with a focus on the prejudices facing feminine gay men it has since expanded with a large focus on the oppression of trans people in and out of the queer community.
Meet My Team
The following are just a few of the many team members who make my work possible.
The First Cat and Vice President
Found as a kitten, alone, wandering into a busy street, Kit-Tee soon found himself in the comfortable role of a sassy sidekick and loving best friend. While he prefers not to be picked up, he is an affectionate, loving, and empathic cat. Despite his cool cat exterior, Kit-Tee is a total mama’s boy who wants to be friends with every cat and dog he meets.
President of Public Relations
Yurio — named after Yuri Plisteski from Yuri!!! on Ice — joined the team from the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), where he was originally Leroy. Despite his brother being adopted and moving on without him, Yurio persisted, using his charm to find his way to a new, loving home. Now, he is the first to greet any and all visitors, breaking stereotypes that cats are not friendly.
Max & Dawn
Manager of Meows & CEO of Cuddles
Max and Dawn joined the Flores team as temps (foster kittens). However, they fit in so well that they were hired full-time. Max is an A+ communicator who is always happy to talk, whether it be in the morning, at night, or before a meal. Dawn, while less talkative than her brother, is the industry’s leading cuddle expert who can provide comfort on even the hardest days.
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