“My philosophy is afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.”
Andrea James may not have a name as instantly recognizable as Laverne Cox or Caitlyn Jenner, but there are few activists who have done as much to connect, educate and help the trans community as this writer, producer and educator has over the past several decades.
James, along with other prominent activists like Kate Bornstein, used the internet to connect trans and gender-nonconforming people to facilitate discussions about trans experiences long before the online space became regulated or corporatized. Her own site, Transsexual Road Map, became one of the first websites to focus on and educate individuals on the practical aspects of transition.
Calling herself a consumer activist who works with trans issues, much of James’ work has been out of the public eye but monumental in its significance for the queer community. In this interview with The Huffington Post, James reflects on her journey from rural Indiana to where she is today, the current state of trans politics and her legacy as a writer, producer, educator and so much more.