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American Problems, Trans Solutions Screening Event

The Greene Space x TransLash Media Presents

Originally Aired: Wednesday, June 19, 2024


This Juneteenth, join award-winning journalist Imara Jones to watch the PBS World documentary, “American Problems, Trans Solutions” where she travels across the country to tell the stories of three Black trans leaders on the frontlines of change. Despite a record-breaking number of anti-trans bills housing advocate Kayla GoreBreonna McCree, a champion for economic empowerment; and Oluchi Omeoga who fights for the rights of migrants work tirelessly to address these critical issues with heart and vision.  The screening will be followed by talkback moderated by Imara with Gore, McGree and Omeoga.

“American Problems, Trans Solutions” is a production of TransLash Media in association with The WNET Group’s Chasing the Dream initiative.


By RSVPing you are agreeing that The Greene Space can share your name and email address with our co-production partner, TransLash Media. We will not share your information with anyone else. To opt out please email us at TheGreeneSpace@nypublicradio.org. Thank you.

Imara Jones

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Imara Jones, whose work has won Emmy and Peabody Awards, is the creator of TransLash Media, a cross-platform, non-profit journalism and narrative organization, which produces content to shift the current culture of hostility towards transgender people in the US. She was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People on the planet in 2023.

As part of her work at TransLash, Imara hosts the TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones, which received the 2023 Outstanding Podcast Award from GLAAD ; as well as the investigative, limited series, The Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality which received the Excellence in Podcasting Award from the National LGBTQ+ Journalists Association. Imara is also the first trans person to ever receive an award from the National Black Journalists Association, having garnered the Journalist of Distinction Award in 2022. Also in 2022, Politico named her as one of the 40 power players at the intersection of race, politics, and policy in the United States. In 2020 Imara was featured on the cover of Time Magazine as part of its New American Revolution special edition. In 2019 she chaired the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Gender Diversity with over 600 participants. Imara has been featured regularly in The Guardian, The Nation, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, Fast Company and GQ. Imara is a 2021 Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow and a 2019 Soros Equality Fellow.

She serves on the New York City Commission on Gender Equity. She also serves as Chair of the Board for the Transgender Law Center, the nation’s largest transgender non-profit organization, and as Co-Chair of the New Pride Agenda. Imara is also on the boards of the GLSEN, and the LGBTQ+ Museum. Imara is also part of the Move to End Violence.

Kayla Gore

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Published Author, Non-Profit Founder, Social Justice Advocate. Kayla Gore has worked for many organizations with a collective mission of elevating marginalized identities, the advancement of rights for those people. The Transgender Law Center, OUTMemphis, Trans Justice Funding Project, SONG, The Official Black Lives Matter Memphis, Memphis Community Bail Fund, Planned Parenthood, The Transgender Strategy Center, and most notably My Sistah’s House an organization that breaks downs the barriers to home ownership for some of the most marginalized people.

Kayla has presented at many conferences and private webinars over the past decade. SXSW, Transgender Health Summit by USFC, Black Trans Advocacy Coalition Conference, USCHA Conference on HIV/AIDS, Creating Change, Point Source Youth Conference, Enterprise LGBT Employee Conference.

Breonna McCree

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The Board of Directors for the Transgender District named Breonna McCree and Carlo Gomez Arteaga as the new Co-Executive Directors of The Transgender District, which has been legally recognized as one of the first districts of its kind in the world. McCree concurrently serves as Director of Community Engagement for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California San Francisco. She has led transgender empowerment, and HIV prevention and treatment programs in San Francisco’s Tenderloin for 20 years, including with organizations such as Walden House Recovery Services, TARC (Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center), Public Health Institute and CAL-PEP. She recently was awarded for her public service by San Francisco Pride as a 2023 Grand Marshal, and received accolades from Mayor London Breed, Senator Scott Weiner and the Bayard Rustin Coalition for her longstanding commitment to transgender empowerment.

Oluchi Omeoga

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Oluchi (any pronouns) is a Minnesota-born organizer who still lives and organizes in Minneapolis, Minnesota today. Born from Igbo immigrants from Nigeria, Oluchi’s dedication to global Black liberation is seen through their work. Oluchi is a co-founder and founding Core Team member of Black Visions, a black-led local organization that centers Black Queer and Trans folks in Minnesota. Black Visions has been instrumental in bringing Direct Action Organizing that’s centered in a Black Radical Tradition to local, national, and global movements. Black Visions believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in the right relationship within our ecosystems. In their role at Black Visions and together with other abolitionist organizations, they diverted over 1 million dollars from the police budget in 2018. In 2020, Black Visions called to Defund Police after the brutal murder of George Floyd which catapulted the conversation around safety and abolition to the global stage.

At the same time Oluchi was creating Black Visions, they also co-founded the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project or BLMP where he still works to this day as the Co-Executive Director overseeing Organizing and Membership. BLMP envisions a world without forced migration, where no one is forced to give up their homeland, where all Black LGBTQIA+ people are free and liberated. BLMP is focused on centering and uplifting the power and brilliance of Black LGBTQIA+ migrants through organizing and membership development. In the last 5 years BLMP has built an active membership of over 250 directly impacted members, decarcerated one of the longest-detained immigrants in US history, advocated for LGBTQIA+ migrants at the US/MX border, and supported global Black organizing on the continent and beyond.

Oluchi is committed to a Global, Black-Led organizing strategy that is centered around those who are most impacted.

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