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Elle Hearns      

Transgender Rights Activist; Executive Director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute; Co-Founder of the Global Black Lives Matter Network

Elle Hearns is an organizer, speaker, strategist, and writer. Hearns' voice as a community organizer and speaker were formed from her upbringing in Columbus, Ohio as a youth organizer. Hearns is a co-founding member of the Black Lives Matter network an organization formed with multiple local chapters as a political project in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin in order to explicitly combat implicit bias and anti-black racism and to protect and affirm the beauty and dignity of all Black lives. In her role before stepping down she was formerly a strategic partner to BLM co-founders Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi and to local chapters of the organization as the former interim Organizing Director advocating for Collaborative Solidarity across the network and Black Liberation movement. Hearns has been honored with the Young Women’s Achievement Award for Advocacy and Organizing by the Women’s Information Network, the Black Feminist Human Rights Defender award by Black Women’s Blueprint,and as a Woke 100 honoree by Essence Magazine.

Hearns currently is the Executive Director of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute an organization founded in 2015 that works to create a crucial entry point for Black transgender women to advocate for an end to violence against all trans people through advocacy, transformative organizing, restoration, civil disobedience and direct action. As a speaker Hearns has delivered keynotes and talks at Harvard University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,The Public Theatre, and for The National Lawyer’s Guild,Columbia University, Stanford University and NYU.

Hearns’s writings have been published by The CUNY Law Review and Ebony magazine. Her work has also been chronicled and featured by Time, CNN, MTV, The New York Times, Alternet, Democracy Now, The Daily Dot, Fusion, Essence Magazine, The Root, Alternet, Telesur TV and The Washington Post.


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