March 31 is the International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day dedicated to recognizing transgender and non-binary people around the world and acknowledging the work that still needs to be done to achieve justice for transgender people. In The Know will be celebrating trans stories during the month of March in a series called “Trans Visibility Matters,” in collaboration with the Phluid Project.
“Honoring someone’s pronouns is really a way to show that you’re listening, that you’re including and that you’re caring about people,” Jam told In The Know. “Your pronouns — let people know.”
Jam is a multi-threat: She’s a singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and LGBTQIA+ activist. But, above all else, what she wants people to know are her proper pronouns.
The beginning of Jam’s life was about dealing with the pressure of trying to live up to something she wasn’t — a struggle many members of the non-binary and trans community can relate to.
“When you’re a person of trans experience, you literally live a different life for your safety, to fit in, to assimilate, to make sure that people don’t treat you certain ways and don’t pick on you,” she said.
Now, though, Jam is no longer burdened by that pressure. Instead, she’s focused on what she calls “ideal inclusivity.” She’s eager to encourage others to open new opportunities for people like her — who grew up feeling excluded, and those who don’t always have the opportunity to set the tone or speak for themselves.
“This is super important to me,” she said. “[It] should be important to you.”
Jam believes acknowledging and accepting pronouns will be the foundation that sets the landscape for ideal inclusivity.
“We live in a world that’s not black and white,” she added. “We can learn something from each other.”
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