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My Transgender Ghost Story Reading w/ Writer Andy Marra

  • Asian American Writers' Workshop 112 West 27th Street #600 New York City, NY 10001 USA (map)

In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Hertiage Month, Sister Diaspora for Liberation and the Asian American Feminist Collective present an initmate reading and discussion of "My Transgender Ghost Story" with writer Andy Marra.

From Korean mudang, to spirits, and issues of identity and culture, this unique short story takes us through Marra's spiritual experiences and connection to her Korean ancestors. Join us at the Asian American Writers Workshop for a short reading and open facilitated discussion.

This is a safe space for all self-identified womxn of color. Allies are welcome.

Andy Marra (she/her) is executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF). Prior to TLDEF, she spent five years leading external communications at the Arcus Foundation; managed public relations at GLSEN, a national organization focused on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education; was co-director at Nodutdol for Korean Community Development; and served as a senior media strategist at GLAAD. Andy currently serves on two boards including Freedom for All Americans and Just Detention International. She has previously served on the boards and advisory councils of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Andy has been honored by the White House and the City of New York for her contributions to the LGBTQ community, profiled in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40,” and listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “Most Compelling LGBT People.” She is also a past recipient of the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Award, NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award, and the Colin Higgins Foundation Courage Award.

Illustrations:
Alex Myung is a NYC-based animator and illustrator whose most recent short film,“Arrival,” has showed at over 30 international film festivals worldwide and been viewed over 2.5 million times on Youtube. The 22-minute short tells the tale of a young man in the city struggling to come out to his mother back home.

Facilitators:
Julie Ae Kim (she/her) is a Queens raised community organizer and writer. She works in local politics and focuses on issues of gender, immigration, and Asian America. She served as one of the lead organizers in the initial Asian American Feminism event series.

Patrick Lee is a queer Korean American filmmaker and journalist. He’s currently working on films about Asian American coming out stories, LGBTQ self-representation, and queer Asian history. He also works with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and helps produce a monthly pan-Asian drag show in New York. Patrick’s favorite snack is peanut butter.

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Earlier Event: April 17
Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia