Author: ecochran

  • On Searching for Higher Education while Trans

    I am a mixed-race, disabled, transfemme individual living in the United States. During my initial college search around 2014, I would sometimes experience an odd, almost physical sensation while touring campuses around the country. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something about the experience felt very alienating. I didn’t feel like I belonged…

  • On Gender Policing in Sports

    Gender policing in sports has a blatantly racist history, often being disproportionately performed on Black woman athletes regardless of whether their gender identity conforms with their birth assignment. Even just this year, former Polish sprinter Marcin Urbas requested Olympics organizers run a “thorough test” on Namibian athlete Christine Mboma to “find out if she definitely…

  • Community Spotlight: Niambi Stanley

    Community Spotlight: Niambi Stanley

    Niambi E Stanley AKA Niambi Prodigy (she/her) is a ballroom icon and historian, entrepreneur, trans activist, and mental wellness advocate. A prominent member of the Lancaster’s drag community, Niambi will be organizing and performing in the Coalition’s SHOTS Pride Month vaccination drive with DJ VJPumpDaBeat! With humble beginnings in the underground Philadelphia ballroom scene, Niambi…