Meet the Logo30: Mx. Justin Vivian Bond

"Our rights were secured for us by trans women of color."

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2020 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

Best known to many as the singing, cocktail-wielding Kiki, one-half of the world-renowned—and Tony Award-winning—cabaret duo, Kiki and Herb, Justin Vivian Bond is a queer New York nightlife legend.

For Bond, Pride is “a month each year where our community has been able to gather together, celebrate, reflect, and fight. To take stock in our community, and where we need to go,” the performer told Logo and NewNowNext.

“It seems this year we are dealing with systemic racism in this country, and as queers we have been fighting for our rights for many years,” Bond added. “Our rights were secured for us by trans women of color.”

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When asked about the first Pride they ever participated in, Bond thought back to San Francisco in 1989, where they joined protesters who were beating a police car in the march: “My first was this punk float in San Francisco, complaining about police brutality, and here we are 30 years later, and it’s still the same old story. We need to write a new story, tout suite!”

In addition to the stage spotlight, Bond has also appeared on screen in movies such as Can You Ever Forgive Me? and streaming series like Difficult People and The Get Down. Bond can be heard next in the star-studded audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, where they will play Desire.

“I find it frightening to think that other people are looking to me to speak for them,” the performer Bond told New York Times in 2012. “What’s uniquely interesting about people who are transgender is this exploration of a truth that is not evident within the lexicon of society at large.”

Watch interviews with our 2020 Logo30 honorees in the video below.
 

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