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Why Trans People Should Run for Office

Lives at Stake: Imara Jones in Residence

Originally Aired: Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Journalist-in-Residence Imara Jones continues her monthly residency in The Greene Space with a discussion on the importance of transgender people of color running for political office.

With trans rights and lives hanging in the balance, this election year is as consequential for trans people as ever with trans people of color having even more at stake. That’s why it’s time to take a look at the importance of trans people running for office.

Jones talks with Aimee Allison, founder and president of She The People, an organization devoted to recruiting cis and trans women of color to run for office; Elisa Crespo, a transgender woman who is making a historic bid for New York City council; Phillipe M. Cunningham, a Minneapolis City Councilmember and the only out trans man of color elected to office in the United States; and Katelyn Burns, the first openly trans Capitol Hill reporter.

ASL interpretation will be available during the show.

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