Joshua A Holiday
1.For people who don’t already know you, please share a little about yourself, your work, and/or your activism.
Hello everyone. My name is Joshua A. Holiday. I’m 51 years old. I’ve been involved in activism since I was probably around 5 or younger. My mom was union person, in NYC, and she always attended rallies. She was also very much into Pan Africanism, so I grew up learning about different types of causes, the history of different ethnic groups and cultures.
Something a lot of trans people, including and especially trans people of color, don’t know is that Transsistahs Transbrothas was the original trans conference for people of color and I was blessed to be a part of that process.
I’m going back to school and majoring in Psychology. I’ve started a Facebook group, for trans men of color, who are in or have been in abusive relationships.
I’m a practicing Nichiren Daishonin SGI leader in Michigan and I’m about to become the Michigan leader for Courageous Freedom, which is Buddhist group for LGB&T members. I’m looking forward to this next part of my journey.
Oh before I forget and because I don’t believe in hiding myself, I’m a part of the Leather community and a member of ONYX, a Leather club for gay, bi and trans men of color. I’m also privileged to be a member of another worldwide family known as Mama’s Family.
2. Many things shape who we are. What is one person or event or experience that has empowered you?
In 1993 I was diagnosed with a serious and rare neurological and muscular illness known as Myasthenia Gravis. I almost died three times and I credit my Buddhist practice and fellow NYC/NJ practitioners, which is why I have returned to it, to saving my life.
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 want ALL trans people of color, that just like non trans people, this fight is about all of us, not just a few of us. I want them to remember that Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson and other trans people of color, during that period, worked together. It wasn’t about one of them, it was about all of them. No one was left behind. We need to get back to that and we need to do it immediately.
How to connect and learn more about Joshua Holiday:
Joshua A Holiday
The Joshua Transgeneration/Safe Haven,
Founder Michigan Leader of Courageous Freedom, SGI
Facebook: Joshua JahOnyx Holiday
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