1.For people who don’t already know you, please share a little about yourself, your work, and/or your activism.
I’m 45 years old, I currently live in the Bronx, born in Harlem NYC. As a passionate leader in the community I wear many hats. I work for the MTA, I am founder/executive director of princess Janae Place Inc.(non-profit organization that provides housing for transgender adults). Also, I am the talent scout for Transcendence Icon management in NYC, as well as president of Black Trans Advocacy NYC chapter. Where I was awarded man of the year 2015 for fostering brotherhood and sisterhood in the trans community and for becoming the change the world needs today.
2. Many things shape who we are. What is one person or event or experience that has empowered you?
The one person and experience that has empowered me is watching my friend of 26 years and gay mother princess Janae lose her fight with lymphoma cancer. We had our ups and downs through life where we would stop talking to one another, and then we would speak again. She named me Jevon many years ago when she put me on stage as a drag king in the 90’s. I know I am blessed, she is watching over me daily. I couldn’t do the work I am doing now if it wasn’t for some the lessons she taught me. This life isn’t promised to us so we have to make the best of everyday.
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, ___?)
The piece of black trans history that I want to make sure others know about and don’t forget is that Marsha P. Johnson died for us to be who we are today! She rose above being a man or a woman, rose above being black or white, she rose above being straight or gay, she was “pay it no mind” human. I follow in her footsteps as the recipient of the Marsha P. Johnson Heritage Award.
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