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Raquel Willis      

Transgender & Gender-Nonconforming Activist; Executive Editor of "Out" & Former National Organizer for Transgender Law Center

Raquel Willis is a Black queer transgender activist, writer and media maven dedicated to inspiring and elevating marginalized individuals, particularly transgender women of color. She is the executive editor of Out.

Previously, she served as the National Organizer for Transgender Law Center, the largest organization in the U.S. advocating on behalf of transgender and gender non-conforming people.

She is a part of Echoing Ida, a national Black women’s writing collective, and Channel Black, a media organizing, and training arm of the Movement for Black Lives. Raquel is also the host of Black Girl Dangerous Media's BGD Podcast, discussing pop culture and current events from an intersectional lens and is in the 2017 Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle through Auburn Seminary.

Willis began her career as a news reporter in Monroe, GA. She quickly took her talents for storytelling, writing, and advocacy to the digital world and began to uplift grassroots organizing efforts in Atlanta, CA. She worked on behalf of the Solutions Not Punishments Coalition to end police profiling of transgender women of color and mass incarceration. She worked with others on a campaign to implement a pre-arrest diversion program in Atlanta.

She also successfully led the Atlanta Trans Liberation Tuesday mobilization effort in conjunction with the larger Black Lives Matter network. Her dedication to trans advocacy opened the door to her current work at TLC in Oakland, CA.

Her writing has been featured on Autostraddle, Buzzfeed, Medium’s Cuepoint, ForHarriet, HuffPost, PRIDE, Quartz, The Root and VICE. Her overarching goal is to use her voice and talents to inspire and uplift marginalized individuals, particularly trans women of color.

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