June 10, 2020

Pride Series - Shoshanna Carroll

Pride Series - Shoshanna Carroll

Pride Series Day 10 we talk to Shoshanna Carroll. Shoshanna is currently the Director of Communications and Advancement for the LGBT Center of Raleigh. She also helped launch The Trans Love Project that designs t-shirts, stickers and more to raise funds for small trans and p.o.c. queer organizations across the country. Outside of work Shoshanna is an independent artist and creator, and has had her artwork published in Bible Belt Queers, and showcased at The Queer Lens Exhibit in Durham, NC during Pride 2019. She is tenaciously focused on advocating for transgender rights across the country and globally. She is also an avid writer on transgender rights and advocacy and has been published on The Huff Post, Denton Record Chronicle, Durham Herald-Sun, and Raleigh News and Observer.She resides in Durham, NC where during Quarantine she has been making tweaks to cosplay costumes, doing home MMA/self-defense training, and trying to fight chronic insomnia.

Introduction

 

When you transition into your authentic self no matter what your journey looks like, there are often times risks associated with that. One in particular is the loss of family and loved ones from your life. This is something that many people in the trans community face and one I have faced personally, but it has given me the opportunity to make my own family. What many of us like to call our chosen family. During Pride month, many of us in the LGBTQ Community come together during festivals and parades and celebrate our community with our chosen family. My hope is that despite the circumstances we are in these year 2020 that you will give yourself time to celebrate with your chosen family in some form, whether it be via zoom, telephone, etc. Blood may be how you came into this world, but it certainly doesn’t stop you from existing in this world.  

 

Meet Shoshanna Carroll (she/her/hers)

 

Shoshanna is currently the Director of Communications and Advancement for the LGBT Center of Raleigh. She also helped launch The Trans Love Project that designs t-shirts, stickers and more to raise funds for small trans and POC queer organizations across the country. Outside of work Shoshanna is an independent artist and creator, and has had her artwork published in Bible Belt Queers, and showcased at The Queer Lens Exhibit in Durham, NC during Pride 2019. She is tenaciously focused on advocating for transgender rights across the country and globally. She is also an avid writer on transgender rights and advocacy and has been published on The Huff Post, Denton Record Chronicle, Durham Herald-Sun, and Raleigh News and Observer.

She resides in Durham, NC where during Quarantine she has been making tweaks to cosplay costumes, doing home MMA/self-defense training, and trying to fight chronic insomnia.

 

Podcast Episode

In this episode, we talk about:

-       LGBTQ Centers in the U.S.

-       Pride during a Global Pandemic

-       Paying attention to the LGBTQ Community

-       Chosen Family

 

Quotables

 

“Pride is a way of life.” – Shoshanna Carroll

 

“I have this chosen family I can rely on.” –Shoshanna Carroll

 

“We force the world to notice.” – Shoshanna Carroll

 

“Being a part of a community where there is unconditional love, is really awesome to feel and celebrate and just be a part of that each and every year.” – Shoshanna Carroll

 

“We are going through a Global Pandemic, yet we still have an administration that is still trying to figure out how to strip rights from people who still need to go to a doctor.” – Shoshanna Carroll

 

Resources

 

LGBT Center of Raleigh

https://www.lgbtcenterofraleigh.com

 

Trans Love Project

https://www.transloveproject.com

 

National Center for Trans Equality

https://transequality.org

 

Find Shoshanna

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/shoshannacarrollart/

 

Medium

https://medium.com/@shoshannacarroll

 

 

 

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