Archive for the ‘News’ Category

  • Jevon Martin

      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 […]

  • Toni Newman: I Rise

    [Image: The cover of Toni Newman’s book mentioned in post which has Toni Newman with long, black braids wearing a low-cut shirt with long earrings, looking into the camera with conviction. The title of the book, I Rise, is across her image.] Toni Newman, I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman (2011). Born the eldest son […]

  • Marcelle Cook-Daniels

    Marcelle Cook-Daniels (1960-2000) had two traits that set him apart from many other Black trans leaders. The first and most important trait is that he didn’t think of the world in the categories so many of us now organize our lives around. He was able to see and support individuals beyond their demographic labels, yes, […]

  • Carlett A. Brown

      Carlett A. Brown discovered that she was intersex during physical exams she received while serving in the Navy during the 1950’s. After her discharge, she worked as a female impersonator and shake dancer to earn money for gender affirmation surgery. Finding that the surgery she needed was not yet legal in the United States, […]

  • Carter Brown

      1.For people who don’t already know you, please share a little about yourself, your work, and/or your activism. I’m Carter Brown, Founder and Executive Director of Black Transmen, Inc. We are the first national, non-profit, Black trans led organization that empowers the Black Trans community through social advocacy, positive visibility, and building strong leadership. […]

  • Sir Lady Java

      Sir Lady Java, born in 1943 in New Orleans, LA was a popular performer at the Redd Foxx Club and other Los Angeles, CA venues in the 1960s. The city’s Rule No. 9 made it illegal to “impersonate by means of costume or dress a person of the opposite sex” and was used frequently […]

  • Trystan Cotten

      1.For people who don’t already know you, please share a little about yourself, your work, and/or your activism. Like most men, I answer the first question about who I am by talking about my work and career. I’m an associate professor at California State University, Stanislaus and the managing editor of Transgress Press. My teaching […]

  • Lucy Hicks Anderson

      Lucy Hicks Anderson 1886-1954 Lucy Hicks Anderson was born in 1886 in Waddy, Kentucky (and was assigned male at birth). She entered school and began wearing dresses and calling herself Lucy. Progressively, physicians advised her mother to raise Lucy as a girl. In the 1880s, most people weren’t discussing gender identity or expression, and […]

  • The Lady Chablis (book)

      The Lady Chablis, Hiding My Candy: The Autobiography of the Grand Empress of Savannah (1997). Author, The Lady Chablis, who was cast as the unforgettable character in the novel and major motion picture, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, says she always knew she was different. At a Tallahassee club, in her […]

  • 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 […]