The life journey of a Black trans woman

Adrienne Kinkaid is an African American transgender woman living and working in Portland, Oregon. In this story, she reflects on her recent decision to come out to her family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues after flying under the radar successfully for many years.

Kinkaid writes, “[I]f you really love someone or a group of someones you will do what is best for them, even if it is hardest for you. It is better for young transgender women to know that there’s a life out there for them that doesn’t involve sex work, either prostitution or pornography, nor does it rest on the vagaries of celebrity, stardom and being discovered. I am not a celebrity, I live a good life but it lacks glamour and excitement. That’s kind of the whole point.”

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Read Adrienne Kinkaid’s story to learn more about her life and experiences as a black transgender woman.

Why I had to come out as a black trans woman


Kincaid, A. (2016, August 23). Why I had to come out as a black trans woman. HuffPost.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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