Name: Ikal Avila
Ethnicity: Guatemalan and Garifuna.
Favorite color: blue and black.
Bio: I’m a proud trans-Latina who is currently on estrogen for the past 8 months. I started my transition, June of 2017. I’m currently employed, but looking for new job opportunities. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with my bachelor’s of Psychology and Chicanx-Latinx Studies. I’m pre-opt, but hopeful that I can get my Gender-Affirming Surgery this year. I have struggled all my life about not feeling myself, and not been able to expressed the womxn, I am. Until I finally came out last year. By all means, I felt that I was ready to confront criticism by both cis-women/men, and ready to affirmed my preferred gender. I am strong, unique, compassionate, and resilient womxn. Although, sometimes I feel blue and eyed-teary because even the most meaningful people and allies can still misgendered you. I’m here to let others know that I’m more happier than I ever been. I’m confident. I’m successful. I am a womxn. I might challenge the social/political conditions and conventional ways of being a womxn. I’m proud that I’m brown, migrant, Guatemalan, and first to graduate from college. I am here and blessed that my trans journey has been more acceptable in our current days, because of trans activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who fought for our liberation and unity amongst GLB and allies. Sometimes getting misgendered and seeing/noticing that cis-women/men are unwilling to validate your womxnhood and existence, gets hurtful. I’m here as a trans-latina to reclaimed the spaces that I come across, and letting others that I have the right and the privileged to be in those spaces. I am unafraid. Thus, my dreams are to be admitted to an elite Law school and get my face feminization surgery. Because, I still on the lower rank of the social class and independent. I’m here asking for my community and allies to support and share my fundraiser: https://www.youcaring.com/ikalavila-1057685 (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS)