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Lives at Stake with Imara Jones

Lives at Stake: Imara Jones in Residence

Originally Aired: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Photo courtesy of the host


Journalist-in-Residence Imara Jones continues her monthly residency in The Greene Space with The Future of Trans, a special Pride Month event. In a time of heated protests, intense social backlash and a global pandemic, envisioning a future for the trans community is a radical act. To honor this vision, Jones will premiere The Future of Trans, a documentary short, and lead a discussion with leading innovators and creatives in the trans and gender non-conforming communities.


The Future of Trans explores the bright future in store for trans and gender non-conforming communities in the realms of policy, art and innovation. Participants include Angelica Ross and Dominique Jackson (FX’s Pose); writer and performance artist Alok, YouTube star and activist Chella, musician Shea Diamond, writer Raquel Willis, activist Isa Noyola, artist Fatima Jamal, boxer Patricio Manuel, organizer Toni-Michelle Williams, and politician Aria Sa’id.

The screening will be followed by live discussions with artist Alok and photographer-model Richie Shazam.

An Emmy and Peabody Award winner, Imara Jones’ work has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, BBC News, Mic, The Grio, Salon, and The Root, as well as broadcast on MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, NPR, BBC, and The Takeaway. She is the creator of TransLash, a cross-platform media journalism and personal story project which produces content to end the culture of hostility and save trans lives. Imara previously held economic policy positions in the Clinton White House and was named a 2018 Champion of Pride by The Advocate. She is currently a Soros Equality Fellow.

Lives at Stake is a new monthly virtual event series featuring frank and urgent conversations by and for trans people about issues affecting their communities this Election Season and beyond, produced in partnership with TransLash Media, hosted by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Imara Jones.

TransLash tells trans stories to save trans lives during this pivotal moment in history.  Beginning in 2018 as a series of video shorts which focus on what it is like to be trans–-especially a trans person of color–-at a time of social backlash, it has evolved into a cross-platform media effort led by founder and creator Imara Jones.

Through the lens of journalism and personal narrative, TransLash creates and curates  content, events, and resources in collaboration with our partners, as well as in community with trans individuals and allies. Through our work we center the humanity of the most marginalized of the marginalized.

Find out more at www.translash.org.

Alok (they/them) is a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist. They are internationally renowned for their distinctive style and poetic challenge to the gender binary. As a mixed-media artist Alok uses poetry, prose, comedy, performance, lecture, fashion design, and portraiture to explore themes of gender, race, trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017) and Beyond the Gender Binary (2020).

Credit: Eivind Hansen

Richie Shazam is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and model born and based in New York City. Shazam’s recent performances include “Summer Fog” at Ruaminx HQ (Berlin, 2019), “The Darkroom(s) of Richie Shazam” at Red Bull Arts (New York, 2019), “Blind Audition” at Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland, 2018), and “CELL ECHO” at Yuz Museum (Shanghai, 2018).

Credit: Photo courtesy of the guest.


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