- Transgender advocate
- Works with special needs children
- Author of children’s book series inspired by her experience growing up trans* in the South.
- Former partipant in the GLAAD People of Color Media Institute.
- Writes “Live your Best Life” for ElixHer, also writes for Ebony.com and The Huffington Post.
“As I fulfill my call to duty, I am hopeful that my life will serve as a beacon of hope to other transgender and gender non-conforming people. I am also hopeful that through education, faith, and fortitude, someone else will hear or see the stories of other brave trans-women and men of color, and choose to love and support them, rather than ridicule and reject. There is a role for each of us to play, as we summon hearts and minds, tell our stories, and search for the inherent good in us all. As we seek to find this peace, let us rest assure that one day our change will come. Today that change begins with you.”
New York, NY
- Former Staff Editor of People Magazine with publication credits including Marie Claire, xoJane and The Huffington Post.
- The mind behind #girlslikeus.
- Has appeared on MSNBC, HLN’s Showbiz Tonight
- Her commentary has been featured in The Telegraph, NPR, the London Times Magazine, Sirius Radio, BuzzFeed, Loop21, Colorlines and TakePart Media.
- Honored by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in 2012
- Other honors include: Top 13 Women of Color to Watch by the Center for American Progress, the Huffington Post’s 23 Inspiring Women Blazing Trails for the LGBT Community, The Grio’s 100 most influential people, Sundance‘s Top 10 LGBT voices, Huffington Post’s LGBT History Month Icon of the Day, and a nominee for a GLAAD Media Awards and the first-ever Women’s Media Center Social Media Award.
- Her memoir Fish Food will be released in February of 2014.
“Telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and ultimately to the world, is a revolutionary act. It’s an act that can be met with dangerous curiosity and hostility, and for many women, like myself, abuse. And yet telling our stories can also be met with love and transcendence and community.”
- Author, political activist and professor.
- Author of the 2003 memoir She’s Not There: A Life In Two Genders, the first book by a transgender American to become a bestseller
- Was a three-time guest on Oprah Winfrey and a two-time guest of The Today Show and Larry King Live
- Has written ten books in total including I’m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted and the upcoming Stuck in the Middle With You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders.
- On the National Board of Directors for GLAAD.
- Has been a professor of English at Colby College since 1988
“I feel like somebody who just got out of prison after 40 years for something she didn’t do, like I got pardoned by the governor. When dear friends deal with me with mixed emotions, it is a little like being told, ‘Well, Jenny, we’re glad you got sprung, really, but quite honestly we did kind of like you better when you were in jail.”
- Founder and Executive Director of TransActive, which “provides necessary support to improve the quality of life of transgender and gender non-conforming children, youth and their families through services, education, advocacy, support and research.”
New York, NY
Website: The Sylvia Rivera Law Project
- Writer, editor, scholar and activist
- Core Collective board member at The Sylvia Rivera Law Project advocating for and educating other trans women of color
- Writing credits include Bitch Magazine, Feministing, Kotaku, Questioning Transphobia and The Border House
- Former President of the Hunter College Women’s Rights Coalition
“We often find ourselves unable to pay, and at the mercy of a small number of service providers or adversarial doctors. Our bodies are public property, up for every cis person’s debate and scrutiny, owned by everyone but ourselves. If that isn’t a reproductive rights issue — if that isn’t about “my body, my choice” — then I don’t know what is.”
- Executive director of the Trans Youth Support Network in Minneapolis.
- Volunteer for the Trans Health Coalition’s Shot Clinic.
- Serves on the Advisory Council for the GLBT Host Home Program Advisory Council.
- Youth counselor at Avenues Shelter for Homeless Youth.
“…this kind of violence that we have seen is not unusual. A lot of the young people that I work with have experienced this type of transphobic and homophobic and racist violence in their lives, not only at the hands of such attackers, but also within the justice system.”
Website: Trans Texas
- Executive director for Transgender Education Network of Texas
- Eleven years of experience in public advocacy and education in Texas communities on LGBT topics, emphasizing gender diversity.
- Steering Committee Chair for Trans Advocacy Network
Dr. Kelley Winters
Website: GID Reform
- Community advocate and consultant on issues of gender diversity in medical and public policy.
- Founder of Gender Identity Disorder Reform Advocates.
- Member of The International Advisory Committee for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care.
- Advisory Board Member of TransYouth Family Allies and The Matthew Shepard Foundation.
- Author of Gender Madness in American Psychiatry: Essays from the Struggle for Dignity.
- Winner of 2007 Melissa Chapman Award for Social Change.
“We too have been injured by Robert Spitzer’s role in perpetuating defamatory stereotypes of mental “dysfunction” and deviance. Trans people continue to lose our jobs, homes, children, families, dignity and civil justice because of these stereotypes and continue to face predatory gender conversion psychotherapies. These stereotypes lie behind every extremist political campaign that demeans our most basic civil rights as “bathroom bills.” These stereotypes lie behind military discrimination and government policies that still malign us as “mentally unfit.” These stereotypes convince parents and school officials to dismiss trans youth as “confused” or going through “a phase.” Trans communities have waited more than two decades for a retraction or an apology from Dr. Spitzer. and we are still waiting.”
- “I am a plus-size, dark-skinned, African-American transgender woman. And according to several states I am actually still considered a youth. And the concept of youth is interesting to me. It’s supposed to be the time in your life where you learn.” (via)
- KOKUMỌ is the CEO of KOKUMỌMEDIA, a production company that uses film, music and literature to create and generate realistic depictions of transgender, gender-nonconforming, and intersex people of color.
- KOKUMỌ MUSIC released the EP There Will Come a Day in February 2013.
- KOKUMỌ PUBLISHING will launch the digital magazine Thrive in Spring 2014.
- KOKUMỌ PHILANTHROPY is a black trans* foundation and social justice agency.
“I believe that Prides are superfluous. Because for me, we already are proud. We woke up this morning proud; we stepped out of our house this morning proud, but we don’t always go around this world powerful, and that’s what I’m here to do. I’m not here to let people know I’m proud. I’m here to remind people that I’m powerful.”
New York, NY
Website: Laverne Cox
- Actress, reality TV star and activist.
- First African-American transgender woman to produce and star in her own TV show, VH1’s TRANSForm Me, which won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program
- First African-American transgender woman to appear on a reality television program when she was a contestant on VH1’s I Want to Work For Diddy in 2008
- Acting credits include Law and Order: SVU, Bored to Death and Musical Chairs.
- Writes for The Huffington Post
- On Out Magazine‘s 2010 Out 100, one of Metro Sources’s 2008 55 People We Love
“The mission is not impossible if we can move past our own insecurities to work together. We need not settle for crumbs. We need no longer hide for fear of the discrimination Jenna experienced. We can say no more. We can say being transgender is beautiful, and we have the right to dream. The revolution doesn’t happen alone.”
– via The Right to Dream
Website: Trans Equality
- Founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
- Has appeared on news outlets including CNN and C-Span.
- Regularly quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post and other national media.
- Has almost 25 years of professional experience in social marketing and opinion research
- Served on the board of Directors of Common Roads and on the steerting committee of The Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition
“To steal a phrase from President Barack Obama, transgender people aren’t a special interest group. Fighting for trans rights isn’t really about anything other than ending violence. Whether it’s the physical violence faced by Paige Clay and CeCe McDonald, the violence of poverty, or the spiritual violence of rejection, trans people know violence too well.”
Website: Marsha Botzer Consulting
- “Consummate bridge builder for the trans and queer communities and inspirational leader and speaker.”
- Founded Ingersoll Gender Center in 1977.
- Co-chair of The Task Force
- Served as national co-chair of the Obama Pride Campaign in 2008
- Founding member of Equal Rights Washington.
- Awards and honors include The Greater Seattle Business Association Community Leader Award, Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award, The Horace Mann “Victories for Humanity” Award from Antioch University and the Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Gender Education.
- Served on the boards of The Pride Foundation, Lambert House and Seattle Counseling Services.
Dr. Marisa Richmond
- First transgender woman to win an election in Tennessee, garnering 99.7% of the vote!
- Serves on the board of directors of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Trans Advocacy Network and GLSEN of Middle Tennessee
- Lobbyist for the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition
- Delegate at two Democratic National Conventions.
- Won The HRC Equality Award in 2007
- Member of steering committee for Trans United for Obama.
- Regular panelist on Out & About Today in Nashville.
“I was raised to stand up for what I believe in and never to accept second class status. My parents were politically active and they encouraged me to be so, too, because everyone can make difference.”
Miss Major Griffin-Gacy
- “A black and formerly incarcerated transgender elder” who has been a community activist and advocate for over forty years.
- Was present at the Stonewall Uprising in 1969
- Original member of the first all-transgender gosepl choir.
- Executive Director of the TGI Justice Project.
Los Angeles, CA
Website: The Red Circle Project
- Has been working in Los Angeles with underprivileged minority groups since 2008.
- Program coordinator of The Red Circle Project, an HIV-prevention program which targets native American/Alaska Natives.
- On the council for the Los Angeles Prevention Planning Committee and the Transgender Law Center’s L.A. HEALTH Council.
“I have been discriminated against; I’ve been sexually and physically abused; I’ve loved and have been loved. Learning to take care of myself emotionally requires me to be happy with all of me. I must accept and learn from all of my experiences because they make me who I am today.”
Website: Monika MHz
- Professional House DJ, Remix Artist & Producer.
- Speaker on feminism, music, culture, queerness, racial and gendered “passing.”
“If we can dance together, then we can live together.”
– via Monika.MHz
- “Writer, award-winning activist, lecturer, speaker, native Houstonian and Texan who transitioned in 1994 and absolutely loves her semi-boring life now.” (via)
- Founder of the immensely popular and award-winning TransGriot blog.
“But as I’ve discovered ever since I began my own transition in 1993, my life not only began when I did so and got comfortable in my own skin, my family expanded. We have a proud history that is still unfolding every day. I have out and proud trans brothers and sisters all over the world now. I have trans elders who are eager to pass down their hard won knowledge to me so I can do the same for you. I love the fascinating journey of discovery I’ve been on.”
Mia Tu Mutch
San Francisco, CA
Website: Facebook Fan Page
- Queer and trans social justice advocate, organizer and educator with a focus on homeless youth
- Former Equality Rider, featured speaker on the Vanguard Queer History Tour
- Has facilitated community workshops and conversations on LGBTQ issues at over 25 universities
- Founded Feather, a fundraising collective making transition more affordable for low-income trans people.
- Chair of the Housing LGBTQ and TAY Committee of the San Francisco Youth Commission
- Facilitator of holistic group for trans youth at LYRIC and 12N: Now Or Never.
- On the San Francisco LGBTQ Speaker’s Bureau Advisory Board
- Honors include Bay Area’s Faces of Feminism and Certificates of Honor from the San Francisco Board Of Supervisors.
“I get really annoyed by the hundreds of millions of dollars that both sides of Prop. 8 have spent. Trying to pass it, trying to repeal it, trying to get it unre-pealed. I think that everyone should be able to show their love in a way that’s equitable, but when we have so many queer homeless youth, I don’t think our highest priority should be a piece of paper from the government.”
– San Francisco Gate: Street Survivor Looks Out for Homeless LGBT Youth