Kim Watson moved to the US from Barbados when she was 23, hoping to escape the abuse and stigma she’d encountered as a young woman of trans experience. Two years later, homeless and engaging in sex work, she was diagnosed with HIV. Now 54, Kim is a proud mother to her 10 year-old daughter and was married for 11 years . She’s living a full, active life with HIV and is sharing her story about how she overcame stigma, found her voice and established a community for herself and other people of trans experience.

“By speaking up and sharing my story, I hope to empower others to do the same. We’re in this together, we’re never alone


SWER/TGNC Advocacy

J.P is a GNC Nuero-Divergent, Afro-Diasporic Teaching Artist, Street Scholar and Cultural Werker from Washington Heights, Manhattan. Their body of work, and advocacy focuses on embracing queer identities, autonomy, healing through art, and questioning cultural norms. They strive to uplift and center TGNC folx of all backgrounds to be empowered and accountable members of their communities.



Queer Advocacy

J. Christopher Johnson is a speaker, advocate, and change agent whose goal is to elevate standards, empower others and transform lives. As a self-proclaimed COO, Chief Optimizing Officer, he aims to leverage the most out of any circumstance regardless of what characteristics may shape it. As a graduate of Dillard University in the field of Political Science, he deems it a personal responsibility to fiercely advocate on behalf of communities of people who may not be able to do so for themselves.

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