Meet the Logo30: Shakina Nayfack

"This is when we need to be coming together in the biggest way possible."

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.

Shakina Nayfack has been honoring Pride this year by “taking to the streets and marching for Black lives.”

The actress and transgender advocate is best known for her role as Lola, a “trans-truther,” on Difficult People, a Hulu original series. (Nayfack also served as a consultant.) She also made a splash as Ava in the 2019 musical finale of Transparent, Amazon’s long-running series directed by Joey Soloway.

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Nayfack (L) with Faith Soloway and Joey Soloway.

Earlier this year, Nayfack voiced Hana—a cherished but misunderstood trans character—in a U.S. dub of the classic anime Tokyo Godfathers.

Asked by Logo and NewNowNext about what Pride means to her, Nayfack paid homage to the Black and brown trans people who made the Pride celebration we know possible. She also called on all LGBTQ people to support Black people in the fight against systemic racism and police brutality.

“It’s been really wonderful to stand alongside my Black brothers, sisters, and nonbinary siblings during this time of revolution, and to wave the flag of Pride especially for my Black trans sisters,” she said. “Because this is when we need to be coming together in the biggest way possible.”

Learn more about Nayfack and our other 2020 Logo30 honorees in the video below.

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