9: Gender is a Journey

In this episode, Cynthia and Yvette interview Isa Noyola, the Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center, discuss the manslaughter conviction of Ky Peterson, and analyze the G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board case. They highlight the ways in which survivors of domestic violence are criminalized and note the challenges that trans folks face in being able to navigate public space. Isa shares how her gender identity is linked to reclaiming her indigenous roots, the importance of letting those directly impacted lead, and what gender would look like in her ideal world.

Interview with Isa Noyola


“Isa Noyola is a translatina activist, a national leader in LGBT immigrant rights movement, and the director of programs at Transgender Law Center. She works extensively for the release of transgender women from ICE detention and an end to all deportations. She is a part of the #Not1more campaign team and sits on the advisory boards of TAJA coalition, El/La para Translatinas , and Familia:Trans, Queer Liberation movement. She has organized the first ever national trans anti-violence convening that brought together over 100 activists, mostly trans women of color, to address the epidemic of violence trans communities are facing.”

Learn more about her work at the Transgender Law Center here.

Current Event: Ky Peterson’s Continued Incarceration

Read more about Ky here. Learn more about violence against the trans community here.

Case: G.G. ex rel. Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board

Learn more about the case at the Supreme Court: “This Supreme Court Case Could Affect Trans Lives for Generations” by Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project


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