This morning I woke up to a TIME cover story about the trans movement being at a tipping point and seeing my dear friend and sister Laverne Cox on the cover. Such a major media moment for a trans woman of color to be visible and vocal in this way, helping spark multiple conversations about identity, about the intersection of race, class, gender and so much more.
AM Tonight host Alicia Menendez and I did something fun, awkward and enlightening. Alicia suggested that I “flip the script”on her during our interview about my book Redefining Realness and ask her all the invasive questions I’m asked to prove my validity during interviews.
The following is a series of screengrabs where I ask her to prove her identity as a woman to me by asking about puberty, her transition from girl to woman, her genitalia and whether she used tampons. This was beyond uncomfortable but I hope our demonstration illuminates the problem in our media culture and it serves as a teaching moment for us all about self-determination and the fact that we are all valid, real and don’t need anyone’s interrogation into our lives, bodies and identities.
Through Janet, I’ve learned to love me more. For this, I thank her.
As I go on, I hope to inspire girls like me to become women like her.
I am Hope.
I am a risk taker, activist, lover, father, and man.
I am #RedefiningRealness.
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View, download, and share the 2014 Trans 100 (U.S.) from here. Enjoy this glimpse and learn more about a few of the many incredible trans people working in the U.S.
I’m amazed at how much more in happening in our community than any of us realize. This is just a glimpse at some it, but one worth taking.