What we like about this story is that it reveals the COMPLEXITY of Kansas City activism and speaks to intragroup disputes as it relates to intersectionality . . . Which likely gives ur drunk uncle a headache.
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Merrique Jenson understood firsthand how overwhelming trans activism work can be in Kansas City. Previous to Transformations, she had worked with LGBTQ+ organizations that organized funerals for murder victims and raised funds for their families and communities. She had been working upwards of 80 hours every week, as she watched members of her community face brutal violence within months of one another. She said she found little support from the organizations she was working with, which were run by white leaders who Jenson said didn’t appreciate her focus on people of color.
“I left thinking that I was a bad activist, that people hated me,” Jenson said. “I left not knowing what I was going to do. But I knew that I wanted to create some sort of space to activate and heal, and also remind trans women of color and trans young people that they’re resilient.”
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For years, Merrique Jenson felt that local organizations were taking trans leaders for granted. So she founded Transformations to help other trans women of color hold their ground in leadership positions.
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