Meet the Logo30: Qween Jean

"It is my right to hold space," says the Stonewall Protests organizer.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2021 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.

If you’ve attended any of the weekly Stonewall Protests in New York City, then you have Qween Jean to thank.

A professional costume designer and longtime transgender activist, Jean organized the first Stonewall Protest last June during the resurgence of Black Lives Matter activism that swept the nation. She has sustained the movement ever since, orchestrating weekly demonstrations led by Black queer and trans activists every Thursday night outside of the landmark gay bar in NYC’s West Village. Last Thursday (June 17, 2021) marked 52 weeks of consecutive Stonewall Protests, a huge milestone for Jean and her local LGBTQ+ community.

Her weekly demonstrations aside, Jean also addressed the crowd at this year’s Brooklyn Liberation action for trans youth, a cause near and dear to her heart as a Black transgender woman.

This year, Jean says she has expressed her Pride “each and every day.”

“I’m most proud of educating and empowering our community on trans liberation and Black Lives Matter,” she tells Logo. “Because it is my right. It is my right to hold space. It is my right to be Black, powerful, trans, and femme.”

Learn more about Jean and the rest of our inspiring 2021 Logo30 honorees in the video below.
 

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