Eight Trans Women of Color For Transgender Day of Visibility
Daniella Carter is an advocate for LGBT youth and has spoken at local, national, and international events, including panel discussions with political leaders and dignitaries. Carter has worked with various celebrities, from Cyndi Lauper to 50 Cent, to raise awareness of LGBTQIA youth homelessness. She has continued to focus on the intersection between race, nationality, and
gender. She was featured in the Logo/MTV documentary Laverne Cox’s Presents: The T Word.
Hina Wong-Kalu is a teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader bringing national attention to the Native Hawaiian embrace of mahu - people who embody both male and female spirit. She was a founder of the Kulia Na Mamo Transgender Health Project, has been a cultural director of a Hawaiian public charter school, and was one of the first transgender candidates for statewide political office in the United States. The award-winning PBS documentary Kumu Hina traces Hina’s evolution from a timid high school boy to a married woman and teacher who uses traditional culture to empower a young girl to lead the school’s all-male hula troupe.
Geena Rocero is a Filipino model and activist. After working as a model for several years, Rocero officially came out as transgender on March 31st, 2014 during a TED Talk she was giving for Transgender Day of Visibility. She has since founded Gender Proud, an advocacy and aid organization to advance the rights of transgender people.
Samantha Jo Dato is a Philadelphia-based activist and advocate for transgender rights. She has played integral roles in the Philadelphia Trans* March and Mazzoni Center’s Trans Wellness Project. She is also developed and facilitated workshops at several LGBT conferences, including the National Conference on LGBT Equality and the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference.
Tommy Luckett is an activist and speaker recognized for her health advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS. An Arkansas native, she became the state coordinator from Arkansas for AIDSWatch 2014, is a Quality of Healthcare Advisor for the Arkansas Department of Health, and is a board member of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition.
Ari South first appeared on Project Runway, by the name “Andy South.” She was in the midst of transition while auditioning and being cast on the show, deciding to pause her transition and spend her time in the competition as Andy, making it all the way to the top three that year. Three years later, she competed on Project Runway: All Stars as Ari South, publicly out in the fashion industry and the first transgender contestant on the long-running hit show. South continues to use the name “Andy South” as the name for her brand and fashion line.
Kokumo - Kokumo is an artist and activist. She is the founder and CEO of KOKUMOMEDIA, which uses music, film, and literature to illuminate the experiences of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex people. She also founded the Chicago-based annual summit TGIF, (Trans*, Gender Non-conforming, and Intersex Freedom), which addressed the national needs of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex people. Her music video “There Will Be a Time,” envisions a world in which trans women of color are fully seen and heard. She gave herself the Yourba name Kokumo, which means, “this one will not die.”
Joanna Cifredo - Cifredo began as a youth educator in central Florida, then worked for The Health Department providing case management services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Since relocating to Washington DC, Cifredo has served on the Board of Directors of Whitman Walker Health, has been awarded the 2015 Visionary Voice Award by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for her Trans-Inclusive work, and is the current Brand Ambassador to the DC Rape Crisis Center. She has also launched “SIS to Cis,” a city wide conversation between cis and transgender people.