Guerrilla Feminist Focus: Xeph
Welcome to our weekly column, Guerrilla Feminist Focus, where we feature one badass Guerrilla Feminist!
Location: Toronto, Canada
1.Tell us a about yourself. What projects are you currently working on?
Hi! My name is Xeph. I’m a TWoC, living in Toronto. I love doggos and Star Trek. Currently, the only project I’m working on is surviving through being unemployed and wanting to be housed.
2. What are you passionate about? Why?
I am very passionate about trans issues, as well as social issues involving human rights, housing, displacement, local food programs and the development of programs to help in these areas. I am passionate about these things as they apply to my daily life, and I see and hear about many of my trans siblings suffering while just trying to live their lives authentically.
3. What activist efforts are you involved in? What causes do you support?
While not being deeply involved in many movements, largely due to access to transportation and the anxiety I feel when leaving my home, I do what I can to support Black Lives Matter Toronto. Earlier this year I helped in doing some fundraising for a camp for youth from LGBTQ families, which was very rewarding. I am also supportive of the Red Umbrella Project, Slut Walk, and Take Back the Night.
4. What do you like most about doing activist work on social media platforms? Why?
I enjoy doing work in a social media platform as it allows folx to reach a wide audience, but is also very accessible. Social media never sleeps so I can do work when I am able, and it causes me much less stress if I don’t have to leave my house.
5. What or who inspires you?
Laverne Cox and Janet Mock are probably my two biggest inspirations, for obvious reasons. They are incredibly kick ass Black TWoC who do amazing work. Angelica Ross is also amazing. I love her work towards educating and employing trans women in the tech industry. But probably, the most inspiring folx are the trans folx I meet who are out there and doing their thing with no apologies.
Also, Jennicet Gutiérrez: she’s so hard working and passionate. I’m in awe of her work.
6. Since activist burnout is a very real thing, how do you practice self-care?
Making sure I get enough sleep is very important to me. Also trying to remember to eat properly is very important. The thing I love most though is curling up with my partner and eating chips and watching Star Trek.
7. Do you have any advice for those wanting to engage in activism (either online or offline)?
Be aware that you may lose some friends, but you will meet lots of other great people. Try not to burn yourself out. Also, be prepared to do a lot of research.
8. Where can people follow you online?