Isa Noyola is a Latina transgender (or translatina) activist, national leader in the LGBT immigrantrights movement, and deputy director at the Transgender Law Center. In 2015, she organized the first national transanti-violence protest. This protest was an event that brought together over 100 activists, mostly trans women of color, to address the epidemic of violence trans communities face, especially as race and gender intersectionality relates to immigration and incarceration as they deal with transphobic systems.
Noyola was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in California. Her roots and family come from Comitán, Chiapas and San Luis Potosí, Mexico. She was born and raised in the evangelical Pentecostal faith, where her parents were pastors and ran a church in the San Francisco Bay area for over 25 years. Noyola began to identify as a feminist after she was shamed as a child for pretending to be Wonder Woman.
Noyola identifies as a translatina, gender fluid, activist, two-spirit, queer, “jota”, “muxerista”, and “chingona” cultural organizer.
Part of the QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color Pitzer Series.
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