28-year-old Rosa Isabel Reyos is an Afro-Latina transgender rapper who aims to create music that uplifts, supports and encourages Black transgender women – including, at times, her own.
Performing by Ms. Reos, Ms. Reos, who says “Everyone who only knows about them, rapes.” Her motive is just to be clear: to connect with other trans people who need a reminder that they deserve to feel security, love and happiness.
Ms Reyos said, “It is important for me to center my work to spread ‘Femin Queen Anand’.” “It seems to do the right thing, build on an emotional level, make the things I need and keep listening. I am also gifting myself.
Black transgender women remain in such constant danger of violence that the American Medical Association Announced a wave of killing of trans people last year An epidemic. “” We’re at the very bottom of the totem pole, “Ms. Reos said,” right next to the ciegender black woman. “
Trans Life’s media coverage is minimal and usually depicts tragedies that stem from harassment and discrimination. According to trance community advocates, this makes rare positive portrayals of trans people more important
Steven Canal, a producer, director and executive producer of “Pose“- a television show about the LGBTQ ballroom community in New York City in the 1980s featuring trans cast members – who were approached by two young Black trans women who were extras.
“One of them held my hand,” he said. “With tears in their eyes, they were like, ‘As a young girl I aspired to be an actor but because I’m Black and trans I always felt like that was never going to happen for me. I Let the dream go. Being here on this set allowed me to dream again. “
Raquil Willis, a transgender activist and a former national organizer of the Transgender Law Center, also emphasized the importance of positive pop culture and media representation for trans people.
“When you were so malicious and marginalized, you have no choice but to imagine a better world or a fuller life because you have been forced to figure it out in some difficult circumstances,” Ms. Willis said. “We have to recreate ourselves, whether for ourselves or to navigate a world that often feels like other people have tried to create for us.”
Born and raised in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, Ms. Reos began performing at the Warehouse Rave Circuit in New York City six years ago and found that she felt empowered on stage. She had previously walked in the New York ballroom scene, and used that experience to develop a distinct physicality and presence that coincided with the ballroom. As a musician, Ms. Reos performed under the name Jay Boogie.
As his popularity grew, so did his success. She started moving to different cities and countries and was subject to profile entry Vice And other publications, but the life she was experiencing did not match how she was feeling.
“I was in a very divisive place in my life,” Ms. Reos said. “I was torn.”
The performance provided an outlet for the expression of her gender. “In many ways, before, it felt like getting ready for a performance and stepping into glamor was an opportunity for me to feel closer to my femininity,” she said. “I really look forward to it.”
In 2018, Ms. Reos appeared publicly in a letter published Paper magazine, Writing: “In a practical world, I will become a ‘trans woman’, but in the world that I have created for myself and my loved ones, I am just myself.”
Next, on stage, was a transformation to a charming cast that Ms. Reos created by combining a bit of her mother’s tenacity, a punch of Grace Jones’ faith, and several spoons of Foxy Brown’s Brooklyn pretty-girl aura.
The extreme self-reliance she hopes is not to circumvent the reality of the dangers that she and other trans people face disproportionately throughout the United States and the world, but to fly in the face of it for. “My happiness and self-determination do not exempt me from being targeted in any way,” Ms. Reos said.
She said that she felt compelled to learn the stories of other trans women and fight for them. But she is also working on enjoying the moment herself. He has a new single, “Fame Queen,” an upcoming album, and was recently featured Vogue mexico.
“I’m just excited to make things and tell my story and to give more gifts to some queens,” said Ms. Reos.