Matthew Nouriel, aka The Empress Mizrahi, is a non-binary digital activist and content creator of Iranian Jewish descent living in Los Angeles, California. In recent years, Matthew has been using their voice to passionately advocate and fight for the causes they believe in, namely LGBTQ+ rights and equality within the Iranian and Jewish communities, and combating antisemitism using their social media as a means to reach those who relate to their perspective and lived experiences, as well as engaging audiences on panel discussions and speaking engagements accross the country. They have taken on leadership roles with both queer and non queer organizations such as JDC Entwine, JQ International, Tel Aviv Institute, and most recently joined the team at JIMENA – Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa. Matthew has had articles published in JNS, The Forward, and Hey Alma, as well as being featured in Jewish Journal, Tehran Magazine, the Algemeiner, and more. In 2021 they were the recipient of the TrailBlazer Award at the JQ International annual Impact Awards.