National Center for Transgender Equality Aims To Amplify Trans Voices In A Story Telling Campaign

March 14, 2022

AMPLIFY! Trans Voices is a storytelling campaign by the National Center for Transgender Equality aiming to highlight the lived experiences, the joys and challenges, of trans people in the United States. They aim to present a diverse cross-section of the trans community, of all races and regions, including binary and nonbinary trans identities.  For the first in the series of videos, the focus is on GeeXella (they/them) a DJ, rapper, singer, and educator from Florida, where the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill just passed the state legislature. They talk about their experience in creating safe and affirming party spaces for Queer and Trans BIPOC folks and their dream to create more spaces across the South in which Queer and Trans BIPOC folks feel uplifted, heard, and seen. They’ve relocated to Atlanta, where a similar bill is showing up in Georgia.

Here’s what GeeXella has to say about what’s going on right now.

“There is a lot happening in the South! It seems like it is all hitting us at once and we are trying to fight while trying to grieve multiple pandemics at once. I feel it is my duty as a Cultural Organizer and Facilitator to use my platform and art as a tool to bring joy and disrupt these systems of oppression. I like to see the dance floor as a site for liberation. I see Queer and Trans folx taking up space and using their bodies as an act of reclaiming. For so long our bodies have been used and abused. Our bodies collectively hold so much  harm and my hope and manifestation is to curate brave and safe(R) ecosystems for Black and marginalized communities. My community is hurting. As a southern organizer I feel there is an understanding that we often have to fight multiple battles at once. We take in many losses but I see myself as someone who is in this work for the long haul. I will continue to fight to see liberation in my lifetime.” 

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