April 9, 2013 in Posts
The inaugural Trans 100 List was released today, and what an amazing honor it was to find myself included on the list along with so many of my personal heroes. People like Miss Major, Masen Davis, Janet Mock, Jenny Boylan, Kate Bornstein, Namoli Brennet, and so many others… well, 93 others.
For anyone who found this site through the list, here are some things you should know about me:
I started my advocacy work on Youtube back in 2006. At the time, posting videos about my transition just seemed like a good way to connect with others going through the same thing. As it turned out, I was the first openly Trans* person to do something like this… and apparently it caught on. At this point there are literally thousands upon thousands of youtube videos covering every aspect of life as a transgender person. Over 200 videos and nearly 5 million views later, and I’m still constantly blown away by the impact the community I helped to build has had on people all over the globe. Who would have thought that taking a video camera down to the subbasement of the store I worked at would have such a lasting change on my life, and so many others. (Hint: Not me!)
Nearly 7 years later, and I’ve been able to document everything from getting a name change, visiting my family for the first time after transitioning, getting married, and even undergoing GRS, but at some point these sorts of life changes slow down… after all, you only do most of these things once.
Today I continue my advocacy across many different online spaces such as my Facebook, Twitter, or even this very site. I was lucky enough to snag a job working in the Transgender community in SF doing HIV prevention and community empowerment. I am so fortunate to be able to turn my passion into a career.
What a journey my life has been. It’s hard to express how lucky I feel to have been a part of all of this. And if you want to continue this journey with me you can:
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