What’s the biggest misconception about identifying as non-binary, and what would you say to correct this?
One misconception is that people oftentimes people think that we’re “new.” Non-binary and gender non-conforming people have been around since the dawn of time. I’ve read beautiful myths from Mexico, poems by two-spirited people in Native American culture, and in Indian culture there are deities that transcend gender and are celebrated. Another common misconception is assuming that non-binary people all use the pronouns “they/them.” This would be incorrect, as some non-binary people don’t use these pronouns and are very much so non-binary. Language is powerful. For example, the wording of this question above invalidates and suggests that non-binary people “identify as” rather than “are” which would imply a state of being.
Can you tell us more about the posters you’ve made to raise money for Black trans women and trans women organizations?
On June 4th, in the midst of the BLM uprisings, I launched a homegrown fundraising initiative with the aim of allocating money for transgender people, prioritizing Black trans women in need. After raising over $5,600—and continuing to raise more—I donated to organizations such as: “For The Gworls Medical Fund,” "National Queer and Trans Therapist of Color Network,” “Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund,” and “Gender Justice LA.” The Black Transgender community has been hurting long before the uprisings, but I felt an immediate urge to mobilize and support in a way that was safe and accessible for me. I reached out to a local Risograph company in Chinatown who offered to print 200 individual posters for me. As of now I have no plan to re-print these posters. But make sure to follow me on Instagram for future posters I create.
What’s the best concert you’ve been to?
Easily Raveena’s concert in 2019. The energy was immaculate. Everyone was incredibly friendly and welcoming. The Palo Santo and breathing exercises really set the tone for the healing force that Raveena and her band bless us with. I was so in love with the evening I didn’t want it to end. My best friend and I bought merch to support and took a lovely stroll afterward. Highly recommend you give Raveena’s records a listen <3
Who is your favorite author?
Omg… such a difficult question… but Audre Lorde, her collection of essays “Sister Outsider” is an essential read to understand the importance of language in a culture of violent silence. She was also a Black Lesbian woman who wrote poetry about the body and asked the largest and most intimate of questions.
The best place to eat in Los Angeles?
The beautiful thing about Los Angeles is that you don’t have to pick. There’s so much great food! Koreatown never disappoints, but be patient with parking.
Breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?
Dinner for breakfast! I don’t like to be limited by only breakfast food options in the morning hehe.
What are you bingeing right now?
Ooo I’m mostly binging films with my mom right now. I just got us a projector and it’s been a nice activity lately. Some of these films include: Y tu mama tambien, Paris Is Burning, and Gentefied.