Holiday Simmons

Director of Community Education and Advocacy
Lambda Legal and Southeast Two-Spirit Collective
Holiday Simmons, is a Black Cherokee transmasculine two-spirit activist and athlete. He has a background in Social Work, Education, and Performing Arts & Activism. Holiday is the Director of Community Education and Advocacy at Lambda Legal in the Southern Regional Office. Based out of Atlanta, he is also a founding member of the Southeast Two-Spirit Collective.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Black Trans Everything!: Cultivating a Culture of Resilience

Black Trans people have been the targets of intimate partner, stranger-based, and state violence for a long time. There has been recent heightened exposure of this violence, as highlighted through the expansiveness of Black Lives Matter! Movements, through national trans liberation days, and even through mainstream media. The conversation however, rarely includes the resiliency of Black Trans people. The wealth of resilience strategies and healing tools of Black Trans people will be the focus of this session. Participants will leave with a "medicine bag" of tools. The workshop will include making a collective altar and tribute to our trancestors, a self-love selfies photo booth where people can post their pics on an Instagram account that we create, a short presentation about Atlanta's Pre-Arrest Diversion program, and creating a "medicine bag" of healing tools and resilience strategies that will be collected and emailed out later.

Speakers: Holiday Simmons, Toni-Michelle Williams