June 19, 2020

Pride Series - Rachel Sykes

Pride Series - Rachel Sykes

Pride Series Day 19 we talk to Rachel Sykes a trans woman from Georgia. Rachel Sykes is a 52 year old trans woman from Hinesville, GA. She is retired military after spending 23 years and 2 days in the Army.  During which time she was a Cavalry Scout for 15 ½ years the rest of the time she spent as an IT Specialist. She graduated with an Associate of Science Degree in Hospitality Management and then went on to get her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Computer Programming. Rachel has been out as a transgender woman for about a year and a half and been on hormones for about a year.

Introduction

 

The LGBTQ community as a whole has a lot of different terms to identify themselves. Over the decades there was been terms that were used that were used in a derogatory fashion such as “Queer” that the younger generations now are starting to take back and embrace. Despite the fact that some of these terms we are taking back does not mean they still don’t offend people. Be respectful about the terms you use for someone and ask them what terms they prefer. 

 

Meet Rachel Sykes (she/her/hers)

 

Rachel Sykes is a 52-year-old trans woman from Hinesville, GA. She is retired military after spending 23 years and 2 days in the Army. During which time, she was a Cavalry Scout for 15 ½ years the rest of the time she spent as an IT Specialist. She graduated with an Associate of Science Degree in Hospitality Management and then went on to get her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Computer Programming. Rachel has been out as a transgender woman for about a year and a half and been on hormones for about a year. 

 

Podcast Episode

In this episode, we talk about:

-       Terms used for Trans people

-       Being trans and living in the South

-       Hate for the trans community

-       Being unapologetically you

 

Quotables

 

“Pride is all about how you feel about yourself, to me it presents a positive image.” – Rachel Sykes

 

“I decided I’m not going to be afraid, I know where I go and I monitor the time I go.” – Rachel Sykes

 

“The right thing to do is be unapologetic about who I am, how I am and the way I am.” – Rachel Sykes

 

Resources

 

Southern Equality

https://southernequality.org

 

Find Rachel

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/richard.sykes.54

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/rachelraqueljolene/

 

 

 

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