7 Questions – Kat

7 Questions – Kat

If I was forced to name my favorite YouTube channel, it would be Kat Blaque’s. Kat represents the best of what the medium allows. Her videos talk about heavy issues in a way that is still fun, she personalizes through her own experiences what others would render in abstract theory, and while there is enough…

7 Questions – Kortney

7 Questions – Kortney

I’ve written and deleted several intros to the 7Qs video from Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, so I think it’s just best to be up front about my issue. I have a crush on Kortney. This is making it impossible for me to trust my own judgment, even though I think it’s objectively true that Dr.…

7 Questions – Jahaira

7 Questions – Jahaira

“This is my community. This is my truth.” I came across Jahaira’s YouTube channel after trying to track down one of the 360+ nominees for the Trans 100. Her name was misspelled, and the nominator didn’t provide any links, but eventually it became clear it was her. I watched a video and instantly fell in…

7 Questions – Nino

7 Questions – Nino

I first learned about Nino while going through the 500+ nominations for the Trans 100 list. A Chicagoan with several nominations? This was clearly someone I needed to know. Happily, he readily agreed to do a 7 Questions submission, which gave me reason to message him every few days, which always just ended up with…

7 Questions – Audrey

7 Questions – Audrey

I really do have a special spot for first videos, submissions by people who aren’t really visible online, but get inspired by the other entries here and decide to put themselves out there. It’s terrifying to take that initial step and a testament to the power of the stories shared. Audrey is a chess loving…

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Important Conversations: Rising Above A “Transgendered” Life w/ Angelica Ross

Listen to internet radio with ToniNewman on Blog Talk Radio African-American Transgender Author/Writer Toni Newman chats with African-American Transgender Songwriter/Actress Angelica Ross. The discussion talks about the struggles minority transgender men and women face in America and the ability to overcome obstacles to find success. Guys, conversations like these are SO important to the accountability…

7 Questions – Precious

7 Questions – Precious

We Happy Trans is particularly happy to introduce our newest partner, Precious Davis! Watch her 7 Questions video below for a taste of the fierce pride, intelligence, drive, beauty, talent, and love that makes it our privilege have her join our team, read our About page for more about Precious and her work, and then…

7 Questions – Lavon

7 Questions – Lavon

Welcome Lavon, another member of the This is HOW community  (joining Kayla, Victoria, Nickie, Ineda; plus Executive Director Toni). Several aspects of Lavon’s story warrant attention, but I particularly love that despite being a woman who never really went through transition as we typically understand it, she still feels compelled to encourage, educate, and empower other trans women, particularly…

7 Questions – Kayla

7 Questions – Kayla

Welcome the very sweet Kayla, the fourth in our series of submissions from the This is HOW community (joining Victoria, Nickie, Ineda; plus Executive Director Toni). Kayla offers a simple suggestion for changing the world, but perhaps simultaneously the most realistic and powerful: just be nice. Kayla, you should check out this previous submission from Jenna F, another musician and singer…

7 Questions – Victoria

7 Questions – Victoria

Welcome Victoria, or “Queen Victoria Marie Schultz II”, the third in our series of submissions from the This is HOW community (joining Nickie and Ineda; plus Executive Director Toni). Victoria has one the best pronoun preferences I’ve yet heard:  “who gives a fuck?”   Thanks for contributing Victoria!  

7 Questions – Nickie

7 Questions – Nickie

The best possible introduction to Nickie is to directly quote her. This is what she says after she’s pushed to explain why she wants to see more acceptance of trans people: Just so we skip all that bullshit, so that at 20 years old, instead of fighting for a place to live and eat and…

7 Questions – Ineda

7 Questions – Ineda

As I post this, it is Transgender Day of Remembrance. I have ambivalent feelings about TDOR. I understand the importance of elevating awareness of the violence trans people face, particularly trans women of color and sex workers, and honoring those who have fallen, but it hasn’t been clear to me how many of the various…

7 Questions – Melvin

7 Questions – Melvin

I met Melvin at one of dinners that the photographer Khoi Nguyen has been hosting, the same that T.J. and KOKUMO also attended. Melvin is one of those people that brightens any part of the room he is in. His affable smile, ready laugh, and colorful classic style create an air of instant comfort, like…

7 Questions – Toni

7 Questions – Toni

This 7 Questions submission comes from Antonia, or Toni, also known as Dyssonance, or Dyss for short.  That may seem like a lot of names, but as the Empress of the Known Universe,  a legion of sobriquets is well justified. Toni is part of This is HOW, a Phoenix based trans crisis center, blogs at…

7 Questions – T.J.

7 Questions – T.J.

Khoi, the photographer whose project I wrote about previously, has been hosting a series of dinners for trans people in Chicago.  I came again in support of my friend KOKUMO who was attending for the first time, and was thrilled to see returning guests Andre and Gloria. The moment I walked in, I recognized T.J., who I had…