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"racquel willis" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

Democracy Now! Audio

14:57 min | 2 weeks ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

"First state to ban gender. Affirming care to trans-youth earlier. This month arkansas tennessee and mississippi enacted new laws aimed at banning trans athletes from joining sports teams in tennessee. The legislation forces trans students to show legal documents revealing the sex. They were assigned at birth in order to participate in middle and high school. Sports and in south dakota republican governor christie gnome issued two executive orders monday banning trans women and girls from playing school sports as attacks against the trans community intensify so has their resistance with trans-youth leading the fight against violence and discrimination trans seventh grader. Chris wilkinson who plays football for north middle school and harrisburg south dakota. His last score refused to let him. It's team because he's trans. Wilco said football has saved. His life did not exist. I don't think i would be here. Respect the person next to you in the person behind you just let them live their life the way they want to and makes them feel accepted. Because that's all anyone ever wants. Today is international trans day visibility which this year was marked with a week of action urging people to be active in the fight against antitrust legislation violence and discrimination joining us. Now a rocco willis activists award winning writer former executive editor of out magazine and former national organizer for transgender law center. And chase strange. You the deputy director for transgender justice with the lgbt an hiv project. Raquel and chase cole road. A new piece in the nation titled visibility alone will not keep transgender youth safe. We welcome you both packed a democracy. Now chase strange. Let's begin with you. Can you review for us. The laws that are being voted on a cross country store with the latest arkansas. We are truly witnessing and escalation of attacks on trans people. Unlike anything i've ever seen in government this week the arkansas senate passed. hp fifteen seventy a sweeping bill that would strip young people of healthcare that we know they need to survive. It is going to the governor's desk. We only have four more days for him to veto. This bill and young people and their families across arkansas are already planning for the worst. People are considering fleeing their homes. Having to relocate to other states. Young people are in sheer panic. We have to understand. This is medically supported care approved by every major medical association. That people need to stay well to stay alive and we were on the verge of having that stripped away from hundreds of people across the state of arkansas and unfortunately there are similar bills pending currently in alabama and tennessee part of this wave of anti trans legislation that started at the beginning of twenty twenty one and has escalated throughout the state legislative sessions and chase to. What do you attribute this sudden wave of legislation and all various states across the country. I mean you know. This year is particularly egregious and sweeping. But this is something that is been the culmination of work from an anti trans anti lgbtq lobby for the past at least seven years and of course we can trace this history going back much much longer we can look at the moral panic of anita bryant of phyllis schlafly and even just looking in one hundred years in the past and the ways in which colonial powers used regulation and control over upset bodies to exert power. So there's a long history here. I think what we're seeing today in state. Legislatures is a particular effort to pivot from the anti trans restroom bills into a new form of regulation of trans young people and trans bodies and they have seen an opening because they built alliances even with some people who consider themselves liberals and progressives who have either remained relatively complacent or who have joined forces and the attacks on trans young people. So right now. We're seeing an escalation in super majority republican legislatures where we are not countering that escalation with the appropriate level of resistance given the magnitude of harm that is going to result to bring into the conversation. Rocco you tweeted the quote. The gop continues to terrorize communities on the margins. All across this country. This is why we must come together on these fights as a black trans woman from georgia. It's not lost on me of these fights against people of color and lgbt lgbtq. Folks are connected. Can you elaborate on that absolutely. Yeah you know. i'm from georgia. And when i think about my life all of my identities have played a role in in the way that i've navigated society and of course the way that i have been made a target and so when i think about the recent passage of voter voter restriction back in Georgia i think about the wave and woods. It's all about policing communities of color and and that is completely tied to this fight and this onslaught against trans people. It's about policing our bodies right. And so this is about us interrogating what power looks like and how it is wielded within our society it makes absolutely no sense for these people to be trying to control the lives of vulnerable communities. And when i think about trans children is so horrible how they are being stripped of their childhood and not even look out the humans that they are. I wanted to ask chase about one of the. Aclu's clients dry a year would black trans student athlete. Andre is a recent high school graduate. Who ran on our schools. Girls track team. Let's go to her in her own words. One of the issues Our community is facing. It hasn't been facing for while is misinformation in general who we are in our community stands for in our community is and wanting to combat that is education more more education within our school system. So that people don't say oh that's a man or woman miss gender education very important in having to understand what we as a community. What gets you will stand for chase. Can you tell us about intra. Yeah so i just want to start by saying under a year. Would and terry miller too young trans athletes from connecticut to young black women who have endured so many attacks simply for existing and participating in school sports alongside their peers. As they have every right to do andrea is young person who graduated from high school. She was a track athlete. She trained every day for four hours. Worked so hard loved the sport. And how is she rewarded for that. She is the centerpiece of attack campaign with pieces on fox. News targeting her a lawsuit brought by alliance defending freedom on behalf of sis gender athletes trying to block her from running in her senior year which ultimately all of their senior seasons were cancelled because of covid but the lawsuit continues even though she has quit the sport altogether due to the ongoing harassment that she experienced the lawsuit is continuing because they are trying to strip her and terry of their past titles and any win that they have achieved. They're trying to get it. You raised from records even records that are hanging in their individual high schools. They have been the subject of so much misinformation and assault and claims that they have displaced this gender athletes when all they were doing was running consistent with their rights under state and federal law winning sometimes they lost this gender athletes. And i think an important clarification point here is that there are claims that gender athletes are going to be somehow displaced in scholarships by transgender athletes. No trent out. Transgender woman are athlete from high school has ever achieved or received athletic scholarship to compete in flex at the collegiate level. Because there is so much discrimination. Terry and andrea never once got a recruitment call even though all of this gender athletes who are trying to block them from participating are currently on athletic scholarship in division one schools. We have a serious conversation to have about. How much discrimination trans people are facing and yet they're still escalating attacks if you can also elaborate on that raquel and talk about the peace. The two of you co authored for the nation visibility alone will not keep transgender youth safe. What will rock cal. Yeah i mean. I think a big part of the work that safe and i have been partnering on over this last week. As we've expanded trans day visibility into trance week of visibility and action is really getting people to be about that action. And so that means we can't just rest on some of the social strides that we've made whether it's in hollywood or on different screens and these different sector. Those things are powerful and great and we definitely need to see more of our stories in media in the way but we also need to be using that action. Such chains are material reality and protect our right and so this week has rarely been for us all about getting people mobilize so that they can contact makers let them know that trans people have a whole group. Folks who support us are behind us who love us and wanted to see us. Safe and protected when i think about Trans you i think about two trans youth who actually really inspired me because of the way that their lives ended just a few years ago so within months of each other leila alcorn young trans girl and blake rocking sending young trans boy die by suicide right and we know based on the things that they said and the people who knew them and of course a suicide letter leila had published online after she pads is that they felt like they were not being supported that there was no future for them out openly trans youth. And i'm afraid that if we don't get involved and be active we're gonna see that trend continue and chase. Give us a quick shake on her. How you see the biden administration of the actions. It's taken on behalf of the trans community in three first three months of the presidency. I think we've seen some important federal executive actions coming down from this administration. And i hope to see way. More aggressive and robust actions from this administration enforcing federal civil rights laws. I also you know as we think about what today represents i also want to hold the fact that the law alone isn't isn't gonna save us that we are ultimately going to have to energize and mobilize and build power for our. If i think of the two things to central things for me as a trans person that saved my life or sports and health care and those are things that are being stripped away from our young people and yes we already have the legal rights. It's all of these bills are illegal. They violate title nine. They violate the constitution. But we need mass mobilization resources to our translate organizations and support for our communities materially beyond what visibility can afford. And even beyond what the law can afford chase. You spoke to joanna brand the mother of a fifteen year old trends boy ahead of arkansas state. Senate vote earlier this month. This is joanna speaking about the importance of gender. Affirming care for her son dylan today. After two years of therapy doctors visits and almost eighteen months gender affirming hormone therapy and don is happy. Healthy confident and hopeful for his future is outside now. Mattress deals on the inside and his support to other. Lgbt kids tramps Trans girls our girls in trans boys. Our boys denying access to gender affirming. Healthcare is denying the right to be themselves. My son will be devastated if he is forced to stop his hormone treatment. All of the progress that he has made all the plans to be able to graduate from high school and go off to college presenting outwardly. In the full expression of how does the insider would come to a screeching halt. It would be heartbreaking. Not only for him but for all the other trans youth in arkansas. That depend on this care chase strange you. It looks like the governor is going to sign this legislation. is that right. I am hopeful that we can mobilize for. Vito and i think everyone should take action. We have a few days. Tell him tell him to veto it because it will send a message to trans young people and even if he does be to it. It's a simple majority override in the state legislature so we are preparing litigation because we want trans people to know that we will defend their ability to access us life. Saving care through any possible tool that we have in our toolbox and your final comments on this day of trans visibility racquel willis. Yes i mean. I think that we have to continue to have a nuance discussion about what visibility mean there are so many great strides that come from it but it also makes our community more of a target and the other thing i wanna say is that it's important for us along with being in contact with lawmakers to make sure. We're supporting the organizers and organizations who are on the front lines and lift every day so donate support their work. And we'll continue to move. Forward racquel willis leading transgender activists We will link to your and chase strangers. Peace in the nation headline visibility alone will not keep transgender youth safe chase stranger deputy director for transgender justice with the aclu next up state so excluding incarcerated people from saving covid nineteen. Vaccines will look at. How a new york judge has ruled this unfair and.

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"racquel willis" Discussed on Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast

Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast

06:46 min | 4 months ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast

"Going. I'm so excited about this event. I can't wait to be honest. The the house. The tulip in engine district are partnering together on to have a winter. Gallup andres her Because we share. We share a shared goal in combating poverty for our local appease here in san francisco en warling and how to is already underway with their housing strategy in housing program but the Also launching one in january. and so. that's what we're raising funds for and the man happens tomorrow Tomorrow night by thirty precipitate seven. Thirty central time and eight thirty eastern time and we have an incredible lineup We have a coarseness. Diamond styles of much playing As one of our hosts and she is taking the host hosting stage with a t s madison And then we have some special gas. We have Racquel willis um who is a critically acclaimed claimed writer and activists Got mariah who else we got. We have India moore who is Actress model You know star of the groundbreaking Show pose We have a teak milan We also have traced set Yes we have performing never ending meena One of my here from The city of new orleans that who resides in los angeles california lightens invoice as invoice lion. Babe gary some live music lime babe and from don rashard of daddy came Really marty account right but Many may know her from From the days of danny joaquin with ozzy. I'm dominic morgan on. Who will know she actually is the executive objector black campaign but she's also a pop vocals and she is releasing. She's already released her second album This week and so you can See her Do a music. Video premiere live performance Tomorrow and download her. It tunes and wherever music is so And boy cannon from the voice of jessica stakes Who is led by newly released. Who's puerto rican chance in. They had it in dance. Music growth across the Across the globe and and more we have so many surprises up our sleeves. Really watch out. Who are listening to get the context of this. It's like literally is never happened. we have a event. Bat is put on by trans people featuring trans artists featuring trans halls. This is fucking major. I watch out to understand the magnitude of this. We talk about how we want to have programming. That centers as that led by this literally leads like an award show like Like event that's literally for us by us like fubu up. Why would you support that. And and i wanted to point out. You know in our industry in a nonprofit so suggests we put this event together for two reasons wine we as organizations after working silos Bettino brian i about partners on so many different things. I mean it just made sense for us to do a joint under far projects in nyc support work that we're doing on a different ways and so really promoting that You know that we can come together and partner with each other. Most nonprofits actually do their gal by themselves but We wanted to sort of share our resources to make even bigger magical night And that was part of why we did it. We also wanted to. You know it's it's the holidays it's cold it's cold it's the flu. It's the cold it's the it's all things and we really you know. Twenty twenty s. It's been a roller coaster year. And like we just you know it's a free event. We're not targeting bar gallon night we really just want people to come and just like you know. Hold it up on their phone ipad on the court to the tv whatever they gotta do to get in the moment in celebrate and have good times and dancing. Their socks either played in their car. Wherever you are like Just to like have some feel good moments And that's really what it's about like. Of course we're raising money but we wanted it to be because we want anybody to be able to access the and just like here exclusive original content From these creators and performers in just to have a good night before the holidays especially as trans people. The holidays can be. I don't know what it is but you already feeling it right now. Like there's that triggered only to be alone all this and of that and so just want to come together how we can which is virtually An popoff in celebrating trump with. It's so i'm gonna have all the information down in the bottom but link is going to be down there for you to light. Article said it is free. You ain't got shit to do we know. Don't be fucking lockdown. About especially with a month. Before what i'm gonna do but a mug before we get a new administration.

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"racquel willis" Discussed on 1A

1A

07:08 min | 4 months ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on 1A

"To trust the process. We also have to trust that. Either you know this project will go into you know future iterations or someone will make a responsive text on the things that they feel like weren't there but we had to trust that you know within the confines that we had that it was enough just just even for right now and i think that for i can speak for myself and say i think that's one of the greatest victories was that we just had to sit together and say okay. We have done our best well. The book is divided into these categories with titles like power joy justice memory. How did you come up with this cataloging system and why was that the right lens through which to tell the story of black life today You know we struggled with figuring out how to organize all the materials in the book right. Should it be kinda logical. Should we pick an end date and beginning date and end date and just try to list everything that's happened for the period of time that we're working on you know it was. It was really kind of an interesting challenge. Our designers were really wonderful and design. Its color scheme. Which you all spoke of and i think that was one of the initial impulses around the book as well that it wouldn't be linear. Would it make sense to try to catalog been chronologically because that's just often not our experience of things things that are happening in two thousand twenty reminders of things that happened in eighteen twenty right and we're constantly trying to make sense of that and to try to pull from the past and and pull from the president to understand kind of the where we're at where we want to be going and so thinking about the themes that kind of governor lives made sense and of course this is. This is just a handful of themes that we picked these are not all encompassing of the black experience. But as we're looking at the images and the essay's is starting to make sense okay. These essays and these images and these works are about ownership right and how we think about it and how fraud it is in. This country is a black person to think about home ownership. Or even you know agency of your body and excuse me the same was true and we started to look at some of the images around memory. And how do we remember things and we're always fighting. Well we believe we're always kind of fat fighting this this ideological battle against trying to remember right because we live in a time where there's just so much information there's so much content. There's so much happening. You know our brains are constantly struggling with trying to even hold onto what happened two days ago which can feel like it happened two years ago ray so we wanted to tangle with that in the book of memory so it really emerged very organically but once the concept presented itself to us in the process. It was like this is how the book will be organized. We'll do it semantically and will make sure that there are connections between the themes as well so. The book can kind of flow in that way teasha emails. I am a teacher. And i'm listening to one a. Right now while. I worked during my planning period and i cannot tell you how much this conversation has lit me up. I just ordered the book on amazon. This is very exciting because it affirms black people on a global scale and it allow it allows us to be seen we have to continue to say black lives matter with tangible artifacts for the present moment one of these sections is titled black is still beautiful and includes chapters about black hair including a nudge a not to launch at two thousand sixteen song. Don't touch my hair. They're also pieces on trans visibility including an essay. By writer. racquel willis kimberly. Why was it important for you to touch on representation and visibility in these ways. Honey i mean what is the conversation about blackness that isn't a conversation about visibility and representation. We have to do it. And we were so lucky especially to have our cal who is like a sister to both of us. Who is such a brilliant thinker pulled together this essay that happen as an iterative process and took a few different forms to really speak to this moment especially online. That was happening where people were better able to determine and affirm their own identities and find a sense of who they were not only in response to mainstream media images but in response to a newfound community a newfound way of having these conversations and dialogues about what it meant to be in the bodies that we find ourselves in. You know in looking through the book. Jenna it was. There was something very grounding about it. I guess is that. That's how i would explain it because it seems like so much information right now is transient it. Just sort of flowing over your twitter feed or it's the next website you you click on. How did you come away from creating this book that you feel. I guess more more grounded personally in black life right now you know i definitely felt more grounded overall and i think working on the book was a salve you know and as kimberly mentioned earlier we were working on the book up until the spring and so we were in the middle of the latest round of uprisings in this country around needing to remind people about how much black lives matter what it actually entails and it was such a difficult time for so many of us and for a multitude of reasons and it was almost impossible to think about right. We have to sit down at our computers remotely of course because of the pandemic and work on this book and finish these edits and go through it. Line by line by line by line and kimberly and i just kept saying you know it actually is the most serious thing we doing right now. It's actually the most healing thing we can be doing right now. Which is just immerse ourselves and these stories of black resilience black sorrow and black joy and we felt comforted. And i think that was a really clarify moment for both of us where we understood something about what the impact of this book might be and also how it might be received which is grounding experience and that was just that was. That was an incredible revelation. Kimberly we've got just about a minute here before the break. What about for you How did it help you wrap your head around the black experience. In this moment. I think so much About a metronome and thinking about the kind of doom scrolling than i think so many of us are finding ourselves in right now and it was such. I mean to borrow from gina it was such a salve to have the metric or the beat of this moment. Be around this project and one that we wanted to be a companion to folks who were also going through this moment instead of just feeling so overwhelmed. Which i think is the first stop on the train of two thousand twenty. We're talking to curator. Kimberly drew an author. Jenna worth them about their new book. Black futures it's a new collection of art and stories chronicling contemporary black culture. Coming up. we'll hear about how food fits into the black experience from one of the books. Contributors.

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"racquel willis" Discussed on Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast

Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast

04:38 min | 4 months ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast

"I love me. Well you know we gotta talk about an again that we're womb. Yes we do. The guy listen when h when they carly. It's all we do who it was. I was like. I gotta let my dr seuss the no in front of the world these sheets if it. If she's is known she's she's she is the birthplace to the queen. Bee our so excited for it you know and we were supposed to do it in person. But the cova nineteen thousand eight hundred win in the all the way up so the transgender cultural district And the house of to look led by mariah more. In aria saieed. They are throwing a winter. Gala is like a holiday fundraiser. And it's going to be friday december eleven and it's going to be five thirty specific time Seven thirty central time eight thirty eastern time and is going to be an amazing event hosted by yours truly diamond styles and amazing t f. You spend going to have people who are featured. Like racquel willis traceless said india. More at the grand gerstle. Yeah oh if they'll be dom rashard from thity came to me. Lying bay is gonna be tons of trains artists musical arts. It's just gonna be a just a trans celebration where we are really in a lot of transmitters as well is just gonna be. We're just gonna show y'all good time then try to raise money so we can help the trans community bigger level. I just love that. They organized this. Because you know. I get to work with you and we just really get to do something bill. Something for ourselves. Yes another thing. These are multiple powerhouses common together to really do some device that we really are trying to build community and create if a structure so that our trans folks don't have to survive without community in the way that we had survived when we were young. Yes yes and. I'm so honored to be a part of that. Because you know who you're talking about you know about playing the game with the car to shoot. You're dealt it it..

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"racquel willis" Discussed on Going Through It

Going Through It

06:37 min | 7 months ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on Going Through It

"Before we get into this week's episode I WANNA. Let you know that it evolves themes around suicide in self harm. If you're worried about yourself or somebody that you love please please please reach out to the national suicide prevention hotline that number is one, eight, hundred, two, seven, three, eight, two, five, five South Carolina everything. This is going through it a show about women who found themselves in situations where they said no no thanks. I'll have nine and they made a decision to make a change in turn something around. I'm your host, Tracy, Clayton? They're all of these like successful algae. Hugh plus folks Thank it gets better. It gets amazing. All these different things and the truth is for a lot of people that doesn't get better. That's Racquel Willis. Today Racquel is a writer editor and transgender rights activist. She's done organizing work at the transgender law center and she was executive editor for out magazine. Big things big things happen. But at this point of her story, she was just trying to get a footing. So my relationship to Queer and Trans Activism prior to Leila Alcorn stuff. was kind of non existent I also had been in the closet. Gender identity working, and almost the middle of Georgia. My first job as a newspaper reporter picture of. The year is twenty fourteen. You cannot get rails happy out of your head and you also cannot stay off tumbler because tumbler was it. It was the place to be. It was so revolutionary because people there were using their own voices to talk about themselves learn about their own realities and there was a fourteen year old trans girl from. Lee alcorn that Raquel became aware of who did just that she used the platform to discuss and process her life. So Leela alcorn with a Yang Trans girl who really had learned so much about her identity she was active online as of millennials she became known in our community when she wrote a suicide letter that was set to publish on Tumbler after she had died by suicide Leila had battling both depression and parents that she felt were really unsupportive. It was kind of that bizarre instance of using technology to kind of say you know what you were. Going through and then to also have this translates youth telling the world that she was GonNa die because she couldn't a future for herself. When I sat with Racquel, she read the part of Leila's suicide note that resonated with her the most when I was fourteen I learned what transgender meant and I cried of happiness after ten years of confusion I finally understood who I was I'm mmediately told my mom and she reacted extremely negatively telling me that it was a phase that I would never truly be a girl that God doesn't make mistakes that I am wrong. If you're reading this parents, please don't tell us here kids even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don't ever say that to someone especially your kid. There was so much of Leila that Racquel on herself even reading this now I'm like, yeah, this was like me at the age came out of fourteen out gay I didn't have the language of transgender and I grew up in a very catholic environment. So the idea of like charts turning back on you and your parents choosing their faith of our farming you was was an imminent threat I. Always when we're cal I read Leila's note she felt so many fill in all at once I bar since it's here's just as I read more and more about her and I don't something just compelled me to do something different and not care about being. Silent anymore and I stagger these boxes on my like little rinky-dink coffee table and I put my laptop up they are and I recorded myself and I I made this short video where I'm dislike crying you know about this that feeling of helplessness like as a Black Trans Woman and the South I knew what that felt like Racquel hill posted a video to youtube not sure what kind of response she was going to get it got picked up by. BBC They saw it and they asked me to be on this radio show Racquel knew that this opportunity with the BBC could really open up the conversation about Black Trans Women that nobody at the time was having. She had just one little problem. I wasn't out at this now, second job that I was I was like, what's the point of being out? You know let me just like navigate as seamlessly as possible like I did in my last job but killed knew that in order to speak on Trans Women issues in the importance of their voices, she had to use her as I. I really only had like a day to kind of thinking through and I told my immediate boss was woman. Yeah was trans and that I was going to be talking about my experiences on BBC and then she talked to her boss who is like the the of like entire company. Who was a straight man? And I was Oh, how could this go but he also was like very supportive of and they were like you should do it by your voice is necessary inside did speaking on the BBC was a huge turning point racquel found her voice and now she was not afraid to use it. Soon she grew huge following on twitter and before you know it, she became somebody that folks looks who regarding issues facing the Trans Community I think the situations around Leela and subsequently being on the BBC just made me felt like I could be a mirror for other. Trans People. Now I sit down with Kale right as the pandemic it but it was also.

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"racquel willis" Discussed on Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast

Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast

04:49 min | 8 months ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast

"Oh Yeah I mean I I am not interested in being with anyone who makes me feel guilty for thinking At all. Period so. A Lug so that just tells me you ain't thinking enough. AMBAE had like I. Just I don't know how energy for that BS anymore and I. I just I. Agree so much. You know almost like especially being a black shrouds woman. With a certain I think amount of or at least failing like you have a certain amount of awareness. It does it often feels like you're. Decades. Remove. If. Not Centuries removed from world that could even like. Produce the type of partner those worthy of you were wall. Unfortunately I against the world where creating. Away will world we're creating is GONNA be the girls coming up but we not going to be able to enjoy the food labor. MAKE SOME SACRIFICES OFF I don't say that because it's a discount like anybody's experience I think. I have nothing. But love and Kudos for the the girls who have figured it out found the wines that worked for them. and I have a little hope but I'm not like wasting sleep over right now. You know I'm loving solitude. I'm loving King somebody out. I'm loving my own spe. Mound. Yeah and I think that's where I'm at. Now I'm where I'm I'm enjoying I mean like you said I'm enjoying my own space and I'm enjoying the power of. When I want the comforts of man, I can have it. And I don't have to deal with the extra staff and if you're not stepping up in the way that I want you to step up I, can I don't back in the day I thought that it was it was. I thought the having a man was. Apart of one of the it was that you needed if you wanted to be validated to women because that's what the women in my family why they had husbands, they had me and they were with for years of Laso. I thought that that was part somebody sues in you was of your validation of. And so I've gotten to the point where it is no longer a part of the validation and I enjoy the freedom from that. Yeah. And with all that said honey, if you finding, you want to highlight honey on my aunt. Well I think that I think that that we talked about so much and I so appreciate you being on the show Can you tell them where they can find you? Yeah. So you can definitely find my work at rock hill, Willis Dot COM R. A. Q. U. E. L. W. i. l. l. i. s. I'm on all platforms twitter facebook I G as Racquel Willis And and if you WANNA find out more about the foundation, you can check out four women dot work. F. O. R. W. O. M. E. N. DOT ORG And I will put all the links down in the bottom. So you can check out and check out what work that she has. She has always been been generous platforms he is always innovating and creating something new so. Definitely a thought leader in our community that I am so proud to know. I. Am Proud to see your glow up because I met you as a baby as. Your glow up and grow into the woman that you have become. It is so beautiful. So proud of you thank you will be an Oncho. Thank you and I'm so proud of you holding down all the time I'm glad I got to get online marshalls play Nikon. I gotTa talk to the to the floor crew. We definitely excited with they they so busy working and doing only fans. Okay. Well. I'm mad at you know it is beautiful. So they do they say. Are Right, now thank you for listening and. Yeah. Well. That's it. Thank you for comment and getting a taste of Martius play. You can listen to us on itunes and soundcloud makes you leave a review 'cause we really need those five saw..

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"racquel willis" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

WMAL 630AM

10:05 min | 8 months ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

"Bowie. I tell you, it is an amazing world out there today to The Washington Post and The New York Times trashing Susan B. Anthony because Orange Man bad President Donald Trump says Susan B. Anthony is good on The New York Times after 100 Years of praising Susan B. Anthony Says she's a racist pig on then they praise Bill Clinton on the Democrat Party, and they make up all the stuff about she withdrew his support for the 15 men Total. Miss Samantha Schmidt is just a gender betrayer of the first order. Andi, They're smearing her. It's there. There really something there. They're just they're just something and they're attacking. Or they think they went in. Found A And who was that? Steven Portnoy. Today, CBS radio is tweeting out that they have all gone to this left wing person at the Susan B. Anthony Museum. Who is trashing trump and staying. Susan B. Anthony doesn't want the pardon. Well, no, she should be exhumed and jailed. What do you say will just throw you in jail and the Washington Post, as still many said she didn't do enough to advocate for black voting rights. Well, neither did Barack Obama. But, you know, you guys think that he's Jesus on Earth. Then Racquel Willis, a black transgender activist and communications director for the MS Foundation for Women. This is where the Washington Post and Samantha Smith went to for comment. They went to Rachael Willis. They black, transgender activists and communications director for the MS Foundation for Women, which no one has ever heard of. Tweeted Tuesday. It makes sense that Trump would pardon Susan B. Anthony, a white feminists who didn't mind turning her back on black folks. This is of course, completely slanderous and false, but that doesn't bother you. Cement a Schmidt the gender traitor at the Washington Post, working for Dr Evil, the richest man in the world, by the way, Susan B. Anthony worked with Frederick Douglass Red regularly worked with Ida B. Wells regularly met frequently with leaders of black churches and with black students on historically black college campuses. And still, she's not pure enough for the Racists of the Democrat Party. Today. The pardon also sends a message that answer Anthony was the most important suffragist. And Alison laying an associate professor of history at Wentworth Institute of Technology, another institution. No one has ever heard of said, and that's a message I don't agree with. That's the entire quote, waited a long interview with her, and that's it, And that's a message I don't agree with. That's the quote. There's a reason Anthony's face is perhaps the most recognizable among suffragists. She was ah, one of a few who spent substantial time and money distributing portrait of herself. Like Obama again. We got more Obama stuff going, said Susan B. Anthony is now a goat. She is a villain. She's nobody. She didn't do anything. Oh, you kids got a treasure smear. Her is a very, very slimy people. Very slimy people. Big, Very slimy people. You know, Ellen degenerate. Some people, people that know her color, smell and degenerate. Is that true? People call her smelling. Well, see, Ellen sounds like smelling. So when you're in your named Ellen, and you're in fourth grade people call you smell And if your name is de generous, it sounds like degenerate. So sometimes people you know, equate too generous with the general called Smell in degenerate. Sometimes people do. It's not very nice, but not everybody's always nice, like all those violent mobs that the Democrat Party is loose in our cities, burning and looting and destroying and beating people and mob violence. That the news media covers up actively eyes there Any story in the post on the young man in Portland that was beaten nearly to death by the left wing. Black Lives matter. Mob. I'm just Is there anything in there? I don't think there is. They don't cover that. Because they're not a newspaper there. Filthy, corrupt Nicks and Samantha Schmidt is like the Uncle Tom of feminism. She is That searches for the first time in 100 years. The Washington Post is smearing Susan B. Anthony, and they test Samantha Schmidt with doing it because she was eager to betray her gender. Now, Ellen, generous smelling degenerate. Some people she apparently they fired three producers. Senior producers at her little TV show business. Reputation, never minded her. She seemed fine to me. She even did 20 comedy back in the old days, but she she's big. She's like a $100,000,500 million. She's wealthy private jet wealthy, multiple estates wealthy from TV because, you know dent with Barack Obama and stuff like that. And find find, but it turns out she created a toxic work and environment and allowed her producers to be racist and sexist pigs. And and everybody knew it for years. And then finally somebody raised their head and said, Excuse me, sir. I'd like some more. And they said that everybody there is a pig. And so they fired three of the senior producers and now smelling degenerates. Reputation is not the pier is the driven snow thing, wink wink that it was before So and I was talking to one woman yesterday and said, I think this is the end of smelling degenerate on affection said smell into general. But this is the end of Ellen DeGeneres Center show that can't survive this. She's been canceled because toxic But wait because it gets better. My my buddy Marty sent me along a fine piece here. The National Organization for Women, the president of the National Organization for Women. Perhaps you've heard of it. That one we've actually heard of. That's now now It sounds like a demand. It's in all caps. National Organization for Women president resigns after claims of quote Toxic work environment. Hey, wait a minute. What they move smell into generates producers over there something the president of the National Organization for Women now just in case you don't know resigned in the wake of an internal investigation that found evidence of Government issues that's in quotation marks and in quotation marks again a toxic work and viral upon announcing she was stepping down Tony Van Pelt. Is that, like a fake name is that really the national and Tony Van Pelt is the name because that sounds like a made up porn name or something like that sent an email to her colleagues on the board, claiming as the reason for resignation. Very painful health issue reported the daily Beast. So that means they're lying. Is that is that what I'm saying? That you're lying about this? So they lied. The National Organization for Women had attacked toxic work environment. They had analysis they found the toxic work environment. And then they forced her out, and then she lied because she is a lefty, and that's what they do. If they're talking, they're line. She reportedly added that her doctor had implored her. Four months to stop working. I can only imagine how gruelling it must be being the President Tony Van Pelt of the National Organization for Women in the Age of Black lives matter when nobody's paying attention to women's lives. Yeah, That's what's going on Van Pelt's head Up Until now, she had been ignoring her doctor's advice, so it's really she really got into an elaborate lie here. But really, it's about the toxic work environment and that's and that's what's going on. That's who she is. She is resigning because of the toxic were converted. Kills, who wrote All black lives matter. She huge, dangerously close to saying all lives matter, and we know that that's not allowed from Tony Van Pelt. Hey, that's quite a Tony Van Pelt you have there. All lie all black lives matter, Not all lives. And then she wrote as a white woman should. She should probably open a vein in a tub and do a Frankie five Angels for the betterment of humankind. I'll never understand the experiences of women of color. Really you'll never understand. Will they understand your experiences? I challenge myself to address structural racism and recognize that this is a lifelong ongoing process. It's like being a drug addict or an alcoholic. You know, it's one day at a time. She should get her her chip her coin for like going one day without being a racist, something like that They should do that racist, anonymous The Democrats should start. What an embarrassment. This whole organization is what embarrassment The left is What a disgrace The leftist remember normal. It wasn't really that long ago. Now there, however, attacking Susan B. Anthony because President Trump pardoned her. And these people couldn't be bigger Hypocrites if it were their goal to become bigger hypocrites. Now here's something I mentioned a couple of days ago that we have started. It's the Chris Plante Show Storage. Chris Plante story. We just call it the Chris plant store. And it is available on Al Gore is amazing Internet Iowa's thank people for jumping in a couple of days ago. We have we have some T shirts and some coffee mugs and some some things and we're not. We're adding some things as we go along, and we've added something else this morning. Now the number of people we have T shirts with the department of Deep State, and it looks indiscernible from a State Department T shirt. There is a small Chris Plante show logo on the sleeve, but the State Department logo And if you look closely, it, says Department of Deep State United States America kind of nice..

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"racquel willis" Discussed on In The Thick

In The Thick

08:17 min | 10 months ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on In The Thick

"We find joy in the midst of it, because joys also liberation, joy, also form of resistance, and so I've been. been sitting with all of those emotions, and then father's Day just passed, and so there's something familiar of when I think about relationship with fathers, and as a pretext to me, being a black transplant and black men that sometimes also bring up emotions from me because often. I see the conversation that we need to do with our communities with men of color indigenous. And black men are their relationship with Trans Women and also just gender-based violence period so I'm sitting with all of those things. Yes you both of you mention the resistance, the love and the joy and I just want to say that that decision to ask everyone to wear white was really a nod to history, because in nineteen, seventeen, nearly ten thousand demonstrators in New York City were white, as they participated in the end of Lacy, peas silent protests parade with one of the first public demonstrations of civil rights by black-americans with a capital b. that is just like a kind of beautiful moment, Julio. Mystery, just hearing what you guys are saying about ancestors. I'm really uplifted as journalists. To have voices who reminded us of the historical context. Thank you. Thank you very much and to focus on the the last. You know since May right just two days after George. Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis Tony mcdade. A Black Trans man was shot and killed by by police in Tallahassee Florida. And Tony mcdade's name. It's been mentioned far less than media coverage and he was MIS gendered in initial reports of his death, and I just want to remind people in twenty twenty, the human rights campaign. has already recorded at least fifteen transgender or gender, non conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. As a Puerto Rican I just have to acknowledge the five. Killings at happened in Puerto Rico this year which I've I've covered for food or media, and that's just what's being reported and it was so bad that in twenty nineteen. The American Medical Association declared the violence toward transgender women of Color, an epidemic I think I will talking about. Black people face many pandemics, and here's another one so as transpeople organizers in the space. Wouldn't needs to be done to end the senseless violence. What needs to change now? Why don't we start with you? I think about my work that is centered around folks across the African diaspora in two thousand seventeen is when I really started focusing on my work on traveling intercontinentally constantly and really center, and like how do I find my people that are not just across the African diaspora that actually sitting Intersex of queasiness and gender issues. And so the the conversation like echoing. What else is that? It is a pandemic when I think about Pan African as I'm like what does that mean that we you can find every corner of this world where anti-black this this an anti trans, the expression of gender issues. And so the work that is required that globally we have a call to action, and we look at how anti-black may show up in our policies. How anti-black that shows up in our relationship interacting with folks and how that is also connected to. Gender, expression gender based violence and racial equity. All these conversations is not an either or they are interwoven into each other, and so it's so necessary that we not only have conversation that we also have teachable moment right, and that we allow people to be teachable. I think often time as particularly as fam- and women across the identity spectrum are often doing the work of being teachers and not being met with. With folks who are willing to be teachable, and so what happens is this love of women and people doing a lot of the emotional neighbor, even the physical labor and there isn't met with like this is what we're willing to do. A commitment of I'm willing to do XYZ. I think about this moment and this time where there's a thing of white guilt starting to resurface, I'm like we've been here. Right and so this is nothing new. I think what needs to take place is what is white folks, Action Plan and their commitment to undoing racism. What is their commitment and work to undoing the things in the very system, the whole their privilege, and that they benefit from directly, yeah? Yeah, no, I mean I appreciate. All of that I think something I. Often say around this particular question is that in order for Black Trans people to live and survive the conditions in black communities actually has to improve, and that's from a global perspective, and so some when we think about well than we think about capitalism, it's impossible for capitalism, not to exist, if Black Trans people are so disconnected from equitable realities in so a redistribution of wealth and resources is an essential necessity in order to sustain Black Trans people whether it's the US or globally. You know I think that there is also just a great need for us to constantly. Anti-black Katcher, that exists as a popular form of entertainment in there are so many strains of different ways. The anti blackness shows up in our own minds, but also in our government, and also in our communities and so i. do think that there's a real. Whether it is abolishing the police or creating community centers and community organizations that actually provide those teachable moments that this violence that we know is physically happening, too. Old is also not happening. Structural level because I feel like the systemic instructional levels are what creates the space for the physical violence to be the end exactly how many of our lives exactly right? It's the constant dehumanizing historically saw a shadow to artist and filmmaker normally, who tweeted recently quote Black Trans. Women deserve more than just not being killed. We deserve to feel good. Ease and joy to move through the world fully alive, not worrying about anything and you know it is a problem that people end up talking about Black Trans Women oftentimes when we're referring to them. Because of death rights, because of racist Transphobia. And then the media comes in and they they create problems. They need to do better for example. Ryan Milton's sister. Marianne she posted on social media about how angry and it was to see the news consistently Miss Gendron riot and using her dead name, which is the name given at birth before a transgender person has transitioned. Yeah, but then you have the flip Racquel Willis when she was executive editor at out magazine started the Trans Obituary Project. The introduction to that project reads and I'm quoting. We felt important to elevate the group who is most impacted by the epidemic transgender women of color. Now we honor those who have been reported as victims of violence with the obituaries they deserved. So, we want to talk for a moment about the issue of media. Coverage. And and when we were prepping for this segment, you know I was talking to my producers and I was like. You know they're trans. People who are part of my life I get I get a phone call from three. WHO's in prison in a men's prison in North Texas she calls me and we talk all the time. We're doing journalism about her, but oftentimes we're talking about recipes and cooking. You know Ourika. Who.

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"racquel willis" Discussed on What A Day

What A Day

11:27 min | 11 months ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on What A Day

"It's Wednesday June. Tenth I'm getting sick. And I'm Racquel Willis filling in for Keila us. And this is what a day were returning in our grandfathers on suspicion of being anti. We'll not my grandfather's. They're not around anymore. That's. I'm sorry. On today's show, we're going to talk to writer and activist Cal Willis about what this moment means for the Black Queer and Trans community than some headlines But first the latest Louisville standings. People have been standing in line. What is going on Georgia I, mean we know what's going on. The United States this eating. In.

"racquel willis" Discussed on The Secret Lives of Black Women

The Secret Lives of Black Women

05:46 min | 1 year ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on The Secret Lives of Black Women

"For lifting up you know black women and I have to go all right. We just finished our interview with Racquel Willis and I mean I have so many note so many just words. Yeah feeling so informed that inspired. And just this is another instance of wishing that you guys could see the interviews because like Raquel Glue all right. I feel like we're doing a disservice by being like. Oh my God. You guys can't see how awesome these people and it's like post. Pick Mu puzzle but this should be a visual. Podcast should be a TV show now. Just a true. Ara An one of the things that she said. I'm just GONNA go. Yeah right into the word of the week is she said. Love is Labor circled Laura. I circled that leg. Will you that when she said that? My mind just was like I shea and exploding yeah. Love is labor and I think they did. It applies to so much not just like our interpersonal relationships but also like what we want like to me one of the most inspiring things about how she's just super living her dreams and her truth to the fullest extent and capacity. And it's just like also recognizing that that is a journey that has not been easy and that's like Labor to I'm in those one of those moments right now where I'm just kind of like leading everything wash over. You know when you have to sit with something for a second because love Labor absolutely haven't circled and then she also said something that hit me hard. She said being black is inherently gender non conforming. I was like okay. All right you want to say a word Raquel okay. It's one of those moments where I was just like man. She's really laying on a lot of revelations that wow okay. They never looked at it so true. It's so true like literally when she said that I thought of Michelle Obama being compared to a horse while she compared to know that was Serena Williams and then compared to grow or whatever and I was just like yeah. There is this inherent aspect to blackness. That makes it. I guess that makes you. I guess abnormal or something in the eyes of Whiteness. I mean yeah a lot of things to sit with but you know love is labor is like one of the things that I think. I'll carry with me for a very long time. Also she. I mean this is another episode. Just like there's so many things. Lovers Labor is definitely my word of the week but she also said myself care is love. Yes and it's like not facemask. It's not this. It's low yeah I mean I'm just I'm I'm truly just so full from episode and then just I can't wait to get home and I always like I write stuff on posted and I will either like put it on my mirror on my fridge so that. Yeah if it's like a message something that I'm looking at as like a mantra. Something to remind me through the day Mike Love is Labor is going on the bathroom mirror absolutely. I definitely feel like this episode has. It's it's been a meditation on love and love of Sal love of cell of of community. You like absolutely in all of its forms love and all of its forms. Because like I really feel like this interview with Raquel. Really embodies that the becoming yourself and people accepting you and loving you in the relationship. She has with her mother in the relationship in their community. And the place that she's from. All of those things are a part of her narrative and a part of her love story. You know so I'm just like I really feel like this is one of those episodes. That's GonNa make meditate on my love story from myself. Oh my life saying you know and I'm just like we hope that you guys listen. Just sit back to just go home and meditate on. What did you you said it. So I'll store your story. You know 'cause I I really feel like Rico's unlucky one right like not all of us get that acceptance in that love of self of community but from family from family but I I do feel like it's worth it to seek it at least in ourselves because that is what we have control over. You know how we see ourselves how we speak to ourselves how we consider ourselves. You know that self-care is love is a really important one and we talk about it on this show a lot because as black women. I feel like we're always number one. You know we internalize the hatred of the outside and we turned into against ourselves. And it's like I feel like especially me in my life. I don't have room for that anymore like truly I don't have the mental energy to hate myself and our anymore. I don't I just don't have the energy so this is it. So let's do a meditation on our love story or loving ourselves on loving the people in our lives on Seeing them fully as themselves so that they can beat themselves. Because what's the point? If you can't be yourself you know. Yeah I have nothing else to say. That was a word. Let's do that and I didn't even give a word of the week. Got Away with it. several words. Thank you guys for listening as usual as always meditate on your love story.

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"racquel willis" Discussed on The Secret Lives of Black Women

The Secret Lives of Black Women

15:24 min | 1 year ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on The Secret Lives of Black Women

"Device. Bitch magazine Buzzfeed and Huffington Post. I am so excited to meet rebel and to get this conversation started. So let's just jump right in. Let's do it. We are here with you. Know Media Racquel Willis. I'll lotion our hands as we just discussed the fear of Ash. Yes no one wants to be ashy and these street literally. Everyone at this table right now is rubbing lotion into their hands. I'm like I had enough that I'm like bring it up my forearms arms because I'm just my body's part just really feels like the blackest thing we've ever done on this show. I love black lady moment of all of us just like going with the low. Yeah itself care itself. Payer Sodas not about motion repel you and then episode is about you. I'm like there's so many things that I want to talk to you about. I like am wondering where to begin. I mean I think we start at the beginning. I mean you are a transgender rights activists your writer and I WanNa know. How did you get started with this? Work it actually is really weird to me to consider that my career right because I think the a lot of times activism has become something that people latch onto for visibility right or latch onto Avalaible for cloud or whatever you can think of right and I think there's there's something that rubs me the wrong way about thinking of my career's activism. I think in my career as a time and nonprofits as a time in media as an editor now at out magazine Executive Editor But it's weird to think of my activism as my career. I don't know I don't know what the line it's like tied to it right because I think that activism is so expansive like I think we get into this idea that it is something so limited it is just being on the streets into a bullhorn. You Know Martin With Stop. And all of that is beautiful and powerful and important and we've seen through history. How those kinds of direct actions have shifted Culture Right Society but activism is so many different things organizing can come in so many different forms my thing. Israeli people need to find what their passion is and Organiz within it right. So if you're a writer. Are you writing about things that can liberate other folks? You know if you are a teacher. Are you teaching things that can liberate other folks right? Are you using your curriculum with these lessons of social justice these lessons around elevating blackness and Brown and Queer and and different types of bodies and disability all of these different things? So you're trans. Yes yet and I mean is it okay by ask about the beginnings of you deciding to go on this journey. Yeah I mean I appreciate this question. I think that Like your gender isn't really the choice right or your identity isn't really the choice. The choice is whether you're gonNA live in it and for me. I mean I grew up in a very traditional southern family and the judge and went to college college enjoyed. I spent the first twenty five years of my life in Georgia. You know and so I really see my suther ness of a strong important part of my identity and I was raised Catholic right so there are so many layers I mean and then you talk about being a young black person born to pretty traditional parents who were middle class. I mean you know I I joke about being you know. The huxtables by some standards. Right my mom was a had a doctrine of an education and and you know advocated adults for thirty or so years. My Dad was a professional as well and later went back to get his masters. Then become a professor as well so I had that kind of background where I had privileges and I also had you know obviously those levels of repression. I mean being black right being a budding queer and Trans Person So it took me a while to get to that point where I was like. Oh No you know. There's something else going on over here. It's not just that you know. I'm a feminine would call me or that. I was gay right even though I knew I was attracted to men. No there was something fundamentally different about my experience in gender and when I got to college and found the language and found other people Who had similar experiences. It was on like it was time for me to like figure out where I fit on the gender spectrum figure out of I could even see a future right because there were a lot of decisions I had to make You know when I was in college and trying to come into my identity because I also did not have visions of a trans person who had a professional life right or who had a family and who was loving right had a partner and had these healthy experiences. We just. We're not seeing that. Yeah what age did you start expressing your gender identity? So it's funny you ask that because I felt like I was unintentionally expressing my foods ender throughout my entire life right like I think we get so hung up on what people wear. If someone's face is down which you know of course. It's so much more than that. I felt like mind. Gender was so tired and how I was expressing myself And that's why people would call me a feminine or call me slurs and I just can never hide it right like you know we hear about these folks who are like yeah I was. I was pushing it up and and really deepen than closet like no people knew something was going on with me. We didn't quite know what was different about My experience and I didn't know but I I felt like I was always kind of living my gender even when I wasn't trying to And I will say when I got to college. That's when I got the education around. What are the options medically right? What are things that I actually want to do for myself? physically right whether it be you know a hormonal journey or surgical journey. Yea I I. It's been beautiful to kind of witness Our expansion and understanding on gender and and our sexual identity. When you question asks one in a minute I wondering when you enter your career in journalism because I'm reading about you so that your father staff really was a catalyst for your transition but also your career and were you thinking of you know you mentioned earlier which is so powerful for me of like how you didn't imagine a possibility of like some like in the world and that impact like a not only my going to be journalists as I'm dealing with this transition but I'm going to cover issues that spread awareness about my experience so other people are informed and no. Yeah I mean I was committed. You know I came in to college experience knowing that I wanted to deepen my understanding of of storytelling and use the media Asa Tool to make things a little bit better for people who are like me who grew up isolated grow up in New York or Atlanta for that matter. I grew up in Augusta Georgia and and although there are a solid amount of folks they are. I mean that's the has the second largest population in the state there. It's still felt like a smaller southern experience so I didn't know other algae Q. Folks for the most part there are a few obviously like teachers that people speculated about but they were never going to say anything because they might lose their jobs and so when I graduated from college I did not find any job prospects in New York. I tried and I found myself working in a very small newspaper in an even smaller town in Georgia called Monroe Georgia and I was in the cloth You know so all that first job I was in the closet about being queer about being trans And you know I maybe. People had assumptions or whatever they never brought sumptious to me. My understanding was like no one really knew partly because you know there are so many ways in which you have to comport your salve to be at that point what we're calling being passable right so that people wouldn't try and clock you're Trans Ness But then also I just felt like people. There is a certain level of ignorance. That was blissful right even for me like people weren't as verse and Trans Identity and Trans folks and so it was a little bit easier to navigate in some regards but it was hurting me on the inside. It right as deeply as I wanted to. About Social Justice Issues. I even had an editor who he was my boss who you know would basically try and steer me to write less liberal right or less progressive and that hurt you know it was hard. I couldn't really be my full south in that meant that I was only telling part of my story but I could only tell parts of the stories that I was interested in as well. What help push you through that moment to live in the fullness of your truth both journalistically and personally a few things so a personal moment I was asked to cover the first drag show that they had in that county and I actually. I mean I knew the whole community like in that kind of I Guess Tri County Radius. And I really had to pretend like I didn't really know what was going on. Draft show asking. I'm like drag was fabulous and so I had to do that. And so I'm like interviewing these folks that I totally know girl because I mean you like. They didn't know that I had to do that. And and anyway I mean I think even when I was my career being fresh out of journalism school this whole idea of objectivity right and not inserting yourself into the story. That was a mask for me to not really be my full south and so still. That was one experience right. The kind of you know bringing off fraudulent And then I would say the large are calling came from what was happening in the movement. You know this was a time you know. When the murder of people like Trayvon Martin were happening? Mike Brown People were shutting down highways Atlanta and other places. This is very recent RECCO. It's yes it's still pretty recent right. It felt like a lifetime ago. I think to some people but particularly for black folks like that was yesterday You know just yesterday and so that was That was what I was was witnessing but again I mean also wasn't just yesterday because this was what twenty thirteen two thousand fourteen so even now I mean thinking about it I was what like six years ago Six or so years ago so I mean I I was seeing that and I was like how in the World Am. I wasting my energy trying to fit into another grabs for these people to keep my job and survive. It's bigger than that. It's bigger than me and the semblance of survival and so what also happened was I am at this point. I had I was a few months in a new job in Atlanta as a media publisher for A website called. How stuff works again. Not Related to any of the liberation work that I was really interested in. But it kept me afloat And I also Read about the death of Leila alcorn. Who was a young trans girl who died by suicide And this was two thousand fourteen and so she. It was interesting because with her case she had written suicide note and she had Scheduled to be published on Tumbler pads after her. Death happened and so it was so interesting. Because you know I think there a report reports about it and then the note came out right and so everyone could read what she had written and she basically said how she couldn't see a future for herself after Trans Person and so. I did a video on Youtube when I ran and I was like ugly crying about what had happened to Leela what was happening period because there was the death of. Alon nettles had happened about a year before that another while. She's a Black Trans woman. Who was murdered and so all of that was happening and I was like. I have to be present and fully in this moment so I don't look back years from now wondering why I wasn't using my energy for what I knew to be right. This is so powerful. We have to take a break but when we come back. I really want to ask you because your transition to living your expressing yourself fully has been so recent. I.

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"racquel willis" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

Democracy Now! Audio

02:55 min | 1 year ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

"Have a hard time with the frame framework for understanding progressive politics. There's a rudeness in the status quo. And a failure of Magic to imagine a world beyond the status quo and I think that really hurts our discussion or politics imagine of a moderator asked a Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren. What are the cost of not doing the green new deal or Medicare for all. Or why are there no questions from the moderators often? Amy about the cost of endless war. But there's always a question about the cost of doing major bold programs that would improve. There were no question of air where no major questions on foreign policy but I wanted to go to end with Chila. Who's just come back from Nevada and going back there in two thousand sixteen. Although Hillary Clinton one I believe that Bernie Sanders pulled a great deal higher among the Latino community and the Tino coming community is coming out in force in Nevada which is about something like almost thirty percent of the vote a third of the vote here final thoughts as we move into the Nevada caucus on Saturday. Well let the communities. The Latino community has been under intense attack By this president by president trump but also has been at the bottom of our economy Has Been at the bottom of scoop school graduations and I think what what Sanders speaks to my community. Is this idea that he is committed to building a country that includes all of us So when he says that he that we're going to have healthcare for all and that includes everybody including undocumented people. That's what my people here. When he says that he's committed to making sure that we have debt free college and that will include also young people who are new in this country that speaks volumes to to my community I think what we are seeing a big difference that we're seeing from two thousand sixteen to now is that Bernie. Sanders has really been able to create the most multi racial most diverse coalition of young people people of Color. Black folks letting next folks Immigrants who UNAMERICAN and there but I wanNA thank you so much being with us. Ana Maria Chila Co Director of the Center for Popular Democracy Katrina Vanden Heuvel a publisher of the Nation magazine. Activist and editor. Racquel Willis executive editor of out magazine and former Houston mayor. A niece. Parker I wanNA thank you all for being with us. Democracy knows currently accepting applications for Development Manager Position and news production fellowship and news producer. Check our website democracy now dot org tomorrow the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm x. The cases being reopened. I'm Amy Goodman from Indiana. Thanks so much..

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"racquel willis" Discussed on WLOB

WLOB

02:09 min | 3 years ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on WLOB

"All this is amazing my morning is made but some were not so praising racquel willis i'm who she is but she's she somebody can this owns has proven to be antiblack anti lgbtq and fact hating honestly there's so many more descriptors for connie to align himself with her is messy and dangerous so they're not real happy about that but here's the deal i always told you that i thought that of all the all the white folks and all the world of all the white candidates out there for president the donald trump had the best chance of appealing to the black community and the reason i say this is because he was a hero to a lot of black folks out there before he got four he started running for president and they went for high grass i mean he's in some of them are still with him don king and others stand by my rented the don king at the convention he's still with them but you and all of these you know black stars black athletes black music stars black businessmen black business women all these folks love donald trump when he was the businessman he got the nwea pc award and jesse jackson and praised them and all that stuff until donald trump ran for president republican and they're all of a sudden he's persona non grata he hasn't changed the same things that that warranted his award from the n double acp are the same things he's trying to do now he's trying to help everybody and helping everybody helps black folks to and kanye west and candice owens and some other folks are are realizing this candice obviously realized for konya now coming to the party and you can imagine with connie's influence out there if he starts making a cool to be a trumpy can you imagine i mean you what happens is overnight the black community leaves.

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"racquel willis" Discussed on SuperTalk WTN 99.7

SuperTalk WTN 99.7

01:36 min | 3 years ago

"racquel willis" Discussed on SuperTalk WTN 99.7

"I am my own biggest fan because you made it okay i need you to help wake up the black community kanye is taking all sorts of grief now because he is in support of somebody who wants people to be independent she's she talks about the low black unemployment under trump and how we need to get a handle on all this government dependence trump took the opportunity today to talk about the record number of people off food stamps and things like this and so he's jumping in this and people are going nuts and somebody up there there's some support from the i love the kanye west loves the way the candidates owens things one road richard amande mills i know he is conde west tweeted that he likes the way this owens thinks i have legitimate tears in my eyes for hip hop artists with platform like west to promote and align with a strong conservative like candice owens i'm an all this is amazing my morning is made but some were not so praising racquel willis known who she is but she's she somebody can this owens has proven to be anti black anti lgbtq and fact hating honestly there's so many more descriptors for connie to align himself with her is messy and dangerous so they're not real happy about that but here's.

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