On March 30, I joined an amazing group of folks in Chicago for the Trans 100 event. It was an amazing celebration of the diversity within the trans* community, and marked the announcement of the 2014 Trans 100 list. The list highlights the work of trans* folks creating change.
Trans 100 codirector Jen Richards explains that the Trans 100 is not a ‘Top 100,’ ‘Best Of,’ or the result of a vote by the public; it is an intentionally curated list of out trans people who are working on trans issues in the United States and having a positive impact. Honorees are selected on the basis of “doing work that has daily life impact in the service to the Trans Community.”
There were big names honored this year, like activist CeCe McDonald, RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Carmen Carrera, Matrix writer/director Lana Wachowski, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, and 13-year-old Jazz. There were folks I’ve never met or heard of, which was equally cool – particularly to hear about people doing work in rural areas and parts of the country that I imagine to be more challenging.
Also, there were people I’ve had the pleasure of working with and knowing in real life: fellow athletes Kye Allums, who gave a keynote speech at the event, and Fallon Fox; Original Plumbing magazine’s Amos Mac and Rocco Katastrophe; and my higher ed colleague TJ Jourian.
The event was a great opportunity to meet some of the people on the list. The following day was Trans Day of Visibility, which celebrates the living and the work we are doing. It was a powerful weekend.
The complete list can be downloaded at the Trans 100 website.