Ignacio G Rivera
1.For people who don’t already know you, please share a little about yourself, your work, and/or your activism.
I’m Ignacio Rivera. I’m a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit, Black-Boricua Taíno who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they.” I’m an activist, writer, educator, filmmaker, performance artist and mother.
I have over 2 decades of experience on multiple fronts including anti-racist, anti-violence, mujerista and LGBTQ movements. I’ve been doing trans outreach and organizing for over 10 years. I had the privilege of helping to develop The Global Trans Research and Advocacy Project where our team worked in solidarity with trans, gender non-conforming and intersex activists in Africa and Asia. (http://www.globaltransresearch.org) Additionally, I worked on national outreach for the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey, that recorded the largest number of TGNC folks in the U.S. and its territories (http://www.ustranssurvey.org). We are everywhere!!!
I’ve been an out sex worker of various forms and more publicly (and privileged) for queer feminist indy porn. I’m the founder of Poly Patao Productions. P3 is a 15 year old project, near and dear to my heart, dedicated to producing sex-positive workshops, performance pieces, films, play parties, and educational opportunities. P3 is specially geared toward understanding the history/politics of sex in marginalized communities and the sexual liberation of queer women, transgender, multi-gender, gender-queer, gender non-conforming and gender variant people of color. I sporadically blog on WhatTheySaidBlog.com and was one of the founding board members of Queers for Economic Justice.
Currently, I am one of eight survivors of color to be granted the Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellowship. JBC is a movement building platform designed to initiate, cultivate and fund strategic efforts to end child sexual abuse. (Heal2End.com Coming Soon)
2. Many things shape who we are. What is one person or event or experience that has empowered you?
Ok, I know this has been said time and time again but its true. My mother is the first beautiful, strong, smart, Black Indigenous Latina woman who shaped my early life. She instilled values, faith, showed me what commitment to family could look like and even through tough times, I’ve always felt my mothers embracing love. The second person, is my daughter. She literally saved my life. I had her when I was a teenager, which was a challenge but her life, gave mine the value I needed to go on living. I grew deep desire to be a better person, get my GED, go to college, and be the best mom I could be.
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, ___?)
There are so many things that need to be highlighted as part of Black Trans History. In the past few years we have seen a rise in Black Trans magic and unfortunately the devastation of hatred of Black and Black Trans people in this country. Black Trans history is abundant with wonderful and tragic tales. In all of that, we always want to honor our elders— Miss Major, Monica Roberts, Kim Watson, Kylar Broadus, Yoseñio V. Lewis and we see the continued rise in brilliance all around us— Lavern Cox, Janet Mock, Angelica Ross, Andrea Jenkins, Kye Allums, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler and Tiq Milan— just to name a few. Although Black Trans history is nothing new, it is treated as such. Black trans history is made everyday as we live and breathe. It is made when Dane Figueroa, became the first Black Trans woman to publish a novel of fiction in DC, when Imani Henry performed “Before T,” when J Mase III created AwQward POC talent agency, when Lourdes Ashley Hunter co-founded Trans Women of Color Collective, when Black Trans Lives Matters was born, when Cece Mcdonald fought back, when Rox Anderson helped create Cafe Southside in Minneapolis to created safe space and jobs for TGNC folks. This is history. All of what we do to live, work, love, survive and thrive is our history. There is still so much more to document.
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