1.For people who don’t already know you, please share a little about yourself, your work, and/or your activism.
I never planned activism as a career and had no idea I would still be doing this work. I was inspired to do it because I came out in a time when we were less visible and the unemployment rate for those of us that came out was almost 100%. I just didn’t want others to experience the horrors that I have had to experience and thought it was grossly unfair that one could be fired, killed or otherwise just for being trans.
2. Many things shape who we are. What is one person or event or experience that has empowered you?
There are so many events and people that have shaped me but the two most prominent are my mother and father. I was inspired because they endured many things that I would never experience as did many people of their time and those that came before. They lived life and move forward and moved forward with a positive outlook. They also convinced me to belief in myself.
3. What is a piece of Black Trans History that you want to make sure others know about and don’t forget? (person, event, cultural development, trend, ___?)
I think that Black Trans History is a large missing piece of the movement as are other people that make up the diverse community. Black Trans History is more than just a month and should be lived everyday so that society and the larger movement is welcoming and inclusive. It should be clearly included in every part of our work. It’s nice to see the movement be more diverse. I just hope that people take a pause to realize this is the first time in history that we’ve had so many visible trans people. People worked hard to make this day happen and it’s one I wasn’t sure that I would see in my lifetime.
How to connect and learn more about Kylar Broadus:
Kylar W. Broadus, B.S., J.D.
Kylar has a B.S. in Business Administration from Central Methodist College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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