June 3, 2020

Pride Series - Skyler Jay

Pride Series - Skyler Jay

Today on the pride series we talk to Skyler Jay. Skyler is a vivacious transgender activist from the South East. He has worked for the LGBTQIA+ community for over a decade, and has also worked to greatly increase visibility, growth, and opportunity for Transgender people. He is most notably recognized for his appearance on Netflix’s Emmy award winning hit, Queer Eye; as well as his groundbreaking lawsuit against the Georgia state system to remove Trans* exclusionary healthcare policies. Skyler’s broad skill set lends him to be a source of leadership guidance, community education & resources, and building affirming environments. Available for keynotes, workshops, trainings, and consulting. He has worked with groups of all ages within and outside of the LGBTQIA+ community. In his talks Skyler exercises what he refers to as “radical patience with an open book mentality.” He promotes and encourages an open learning environment with important dialogue on the Trans* experience, focusing on the trials and triumphs he has encountered as a visible Trans person while maintaining an uplifting and interactive presence with the audience. A percentage of Skyler’s bookings are donated to Aayda Rising’s annual Transgender surgery scholarship. Aayda Rising is Skyler’s newest endeavour, a non-profit he helped Co-Found that is focused on providing  life-altering support services and aid to at-risk and marginalized populations of all ages within the broader Queer and Transgender communities.

Introduction

Being queer in the South is hard and being trans can be even harder. Frankly being a marginalized community in the South simply sucks even more so than being a marginalized community in other parts of the United States and around the world. The South in America has always had a bad reputation towards marginalized communities. Those of us who have either once lived in the South or live in it now like myself and Skyler continue to see the oppression on a daily basis. We must stand up and fight for the Pride we all fight for the most every June. Let’s stand together and conquer the hate in this world. 

 

Meet Skyler Jay (he/him/his)

 

Skyler is a vivacious transgender activist from the South East. He has worked for the LGBTQIA+ community for over a decade, and has also worked to greatly increase visibility, growth, and opportunity for Transgender people. He is most notably recognized for his appearance on Netflix’s Emmy award winning hit, Queer Eye; as well as his groundbreaking lawsuit against the Georgia state system to remove Trans* exclusionary healthcare policies. Skyler’s broad skill set lends him to be a source of leadership guidance, community education & resources, and building affirming environments. Available for keynotes, workshops, trainings, and consulting. He has worked with groups of all ages within and outside of the LGBTQIA+ community. In his talks Skyler exercises, what he refers to as “radical patience with an open book mentality.” He promotes and encourages an open learning environment with important dialogue on the Trans* experience, focusing on the trials and triumphs he has encountered as a visible Trans person while maintaining an uplifting and interactive presence with the audience. A percentage of Skyler’s bookings are donated to Aayda Rising’s annual Transgender surgery scholarship. Aaydaa Rising is Skyler’s newest endeavor, a non-profit he helped Co-Found that is focused on providing life-altering support services and aid to at-risk and marginalized populations of all ages within the broader Queer and Transgender communities.

 

Podcast Episode

In this episode, we talk about:

-       Pride and Freedom

-       Giving back to the community

-       Safe spaces

-       Hate towards the LGBTQ Community

-       Being queer in the South

 

Quotables

 

“Pride means to me the biggest word is Freedom.” – Skyler Jay

 

“Were sequestered in these states most often…. Being able to hug them and be in their physical presence.” – Skyler Jay

 

“We’re going to have to find a way to lift each other up during this time.” – Skyler Jay

 

“I think as a community we will come together to make this work.” – Kayden Taylor

 

“We should celebrate pride January through December because we are equal to everyone else.” – Kayden Taylor

 

Resources

 

Aayda Rising

www.aaydarising.net

 

Athens Queer Collective

https://athensqueercollective.org

 

 

Find Skyler Jay

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/trans.ginger/

 

Email

skylerjaybooking@gmail.com

ben@gotham-artists.com