Raquel Willis is a Black queer transgender activist, writer and media maven dedicated to inspiring and elevating marginalized individuals, particularly transgender women of color. She is a National Organizer for Transgender Law Center, the largest organization in the U.S. advocating on behalf of transgender and gender non-conforming people. She is also a part of Echoing Ida, a national Black women’s writing collective and a thought leader on gender, race, and intersectionality.
In 2017, she was a speaker at the National Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and was named to ESSENCE’s Woke 100 Women and The Root 100 annual list of the most influential African Americans. She was also in the pilot cohort of Channel Black, a media organizing and training arm of the Movement for Black Lives. She was also the final host of Black Girl Dangerous Media’s BGD Podcast, discussing pop culture and current events from an intersectional lens. She was also a member of the 2017 Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle through Auburn Seminary.
Raquel commands a major social media presence for her analysis on identity, current events, and politics. Raquel is experienced in many fields including online publications, organizing marginalized communities for social change, non-profit media strategy, and public speaking while using digital activism as a major tool of resistance and liberation.