"Today, on this International Women’s Day, I celebrate and bow to the women writers who dared to be seen, who dared to be heard, who dared to define their lives for themselves. Without you, I would not and could not exist as a young woman of color writer, adding my voice to the collective chorus singing the experience of marginalized womanhood. I am deeply humbled to be a part of this legacy.” —from my new essay celebrating Womens History Month through the words and works of women of color writers
Can’t make Tuesday’s convo w/ me + @LaverneCox at my alma mater NYU? Watch live online! RSVP: http://ow.ly/ujp99
Transgender activist Janet Mock speaks to Dr Brooke Magnanti about the media sensationalising trans women and her past as a sex worker
An interview I did with fellow former sex worker and writer Brooke Magnanti to promote Redefining Realness's upcoming release in the UK.
"Get it the fuck together!" I need this panic button in my life.
I hope my appearance on The Colbert Report pushes the conversation forward, specifically in media, to respect the freedom of all of us to define ourselves.
Thank you Janet Mock and Tina Vasquez (don’t know who you are, but you’re rad) for getting me a free copy of Redefining Realness!
Experiencing all my feels…
Phoenix, an indigenous trans woman writer working on her own masterpiece, is holding my book in her hands…Everything!
Thanks to Tina Vasquez for getting the book to her!
I have been fiercely and bravely living as myself since April of 1990. Even as a young male-bodied person, I refused to be labeled by the hateful word I heard as “boy”. Tuning out those who said I could not be whom I truly was, I embarked on a journey at age 14 to bloom into the girl I had always been and move toward the woman I knew I was destined to become.
Transition has been the most empowering, heartbreaking, exciting, hurtful, love-filled, and beautiful road to travel on. I stand before you with a smile, with hair stained red and eyes dark and filled with passion. I stand before you, confident in who I am and the amount of love I have to offer the world and the individuals around me. I stand before you, a product of unconditional love, with the most amazing family and friends who have supported me 150% throughout the course of this journey that I am still on. At age 23, I look forward to the amazing parts of life I have not yet experienced.
I can’t wait to see what tomorrow looks like. I hope to be a therapist, a writer, and have a family of my own. I hope to help girls like me, of all ages, begin their journeys and find success as they come closer to their own truths. I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know I can tackle any challenge that comes my way, and I’m ready to do so, with grace, courage and, above all, love.
I am Joanna: musician, storyteller, advocate, nature-lover, and fighter.
I Am #RedefiningRealness.
"I can’t wait to see what tomorrow looks like." -Joanna
Hi! I’m Zoë Lapin of Cleveland, Ohio. I’m a queer transwoman of color and I am a visible voice and diligent activist in the LGBTQ community in Cleveland. (For now, I do plan on moving out of here this year).
I am often conducting lectures and forums focused on the experiences of transwomen of color, the culture and theories of oppression as a whole, and how intersectional oppression is an actual phenomenon that people don’t often consider. I have a degree in art, chemistry, and philosophy and I am the entertainer director at one of the largest LGBT nightclubs in the region. I am also widely considered one of the best DJs in the area. I am also a published photographer, specializing in fashion editorial, lifestyle, and photojournalism.
This is a really great thing. I hope this really shines more light to the work of myself and the many others in our community.
I am Zoe: warrior, pioneer, artist, stereotype-smasher, and princess. (Yeah, I don’t get it either, but my friends refer to me as a bunny princess often, so why not!)
I am #RedefiningRealness!
Reading these stories — especially ones from TWoC — give me life.