A Seat at the Table is a bi-weekly feature on The Lady Lynx where, instead of sharing my experience of the world through my cis-white female lens, this blogger chooses to amplify the voices that actually experience the hate, discrimination, tokenism, and systematic oppression that we as a society need to figure out a way to dismantle.
As allies, those of us with (differing degrees of) privilege have a responsibility to have those hard conversations, however, if what we are talking about isn’t our personal experience or something we’ve explicitly gone through and talk over the people who did go through it? We’re adding to the problem, however unintentionally. Instead of being the loudest voice in the room, we need to give the people we’re standing with the spotlight to speak on their own experiences.
That being said, with the recent Transgender military ban and Trump rescinding protections the Obama administration put in place for the protection of Transgender youth, as well as a spike in the already disproportionate amount of hate crime towards Transgender people (especially Transgender people of color), I wanted to talk to some Transgender people on these topics as well as the lack of proper representation in the media, how all of us can be better allies, and more.
This week we have the incredibly inspiring, resilient, intelligent, beautiful, entertaining, and articulate Brielle joining us to talk about fashion, inclusion, and her experience as a black Transgender woman.
Brielle, welcome to The Lady Lynx and thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. Could you tell my readers a bit about yourself?
I am a writer, Visual Artist, and postmodern curator based out of New York City. I’ve been featured in Offbeat Home and Life magazine and I’ve had some of my work shared all over the internet. This is my labor of love, my baby. And it’s really nice to know it’s taking off in a way where it can sustain me and support me. Continue reading “A Seat at the Table ft. Brielle”