Black trans advocate, activist, author and GLAAD People of Color Media Institute graduate, Ja’briel Walthour has launched a IndieGoGo campaign to gain support in the pursuit of her gender-confirming procedure(s) and the release of her transgender-themed children’s book series and resource guide.
The Georgian community organizer was the creator of “Partnering for Peace 2012“, a two-day series of panel discussions geared towards finding solutions for school yard bullying, local hate crimes and LGBT discrimination in employment, health care and places of faith. She has been a contributing writer for a plethora of web-based publications, including Ebony and Huffington Post; Ja’briel also runs ELIXHER‘s inspirational column, ‘Live Your Best Life’. She was honored for her active work in making the lives of Trans people better in the inaugural Trans 100 list and was named one of the “Ten Leaders Building a New LGBT Politics in the South and Midwest” on Colorlines. She was also featured on Women Who Kick Ass.
Having been twice denied coverage for her gender-affirming surgery, due to a specific “exclusion clause” within most insurance policies that deny coverage of all medical procedures related to a person’s transgender status, Ja’briel has taken the fruition of her dream into her own hands and is reaching out to the community for their aide. In reaching her goal, she hopes to further use her voice to amplify those who cannot speak, to include others who experience injustice and have been banished or bullied into the shadows.
“Apple of My Eye!” is the chronicle of the home and school life of Jacob, a 10-year old, African-American boy facing issues pertaining to gender identity. With the publication of the book, Ja’briel seeks to influence educators, counselors, parents, religious leaders, etc. to use the book and guide as a tool to spark dialogue with young people who may be experiencing a conflict at the intersection of race, gender and self-image.
Ja’briel’s Indiegogo page can be viewed here: A Journey with Ja’briel: Raising Funds for Transgender Surgery