Tennessee trans activists recognized nationally


We Happy Trans, a website that celebrates the positive experiences of transgender people, and This is H.O.W., a Phoenix based non profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the lives of trans people, announced their Trans 100 list, an inaugural overview of the breadth and diversity of work being done in, by, and for the transgender community across the United States. The 2013 Trans 100 list was presented at an event sponsored by Chicago House, GLAAD, the Pierce Family Foundation, Orbitz.com, and KOKUMOMEDIA.

Among those honored are Tennessee's Dr. Marisa Richmond. Dr. Richmond serves on the board of directors of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Trans Advocacy Network, and GLSEN of Middle Tennessee; she is also the lobbyist for the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition. She served as a delegate to two Democratic National Conventions and was a member of the steering committee for Trans United for Obama. She is a regular panelist on Out & About Today in Nashville, and has written prolifically on transgender rights.

Also included on the list is Asher Kolieboi. Educator and artist Asher Kolieboi hails from Saint Louis, Missouri by way of Monrovia, Liberia. Asher is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt University. Before Vanderbilt, Asher worked as the LGBTQ coordinator and assistant director of the Oberlin College Multicultural Center. In addition to speaking about the inspections of LGBTQ rights and racial justice, he is the founder of (Un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color Speak, an audio-visual project about transmasculine people of color.

For the full list click here.