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Imara Jones and transgender people

Imara Jones is an American journalist. Jones was named to the Time 100 list of most influential people of 2023.


Jones was born on May 9, 1972 and grew up in the Atlanta area.

Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1994 and a master’s degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jones held posts at Viacom, which included work on the campaign “Know HIV/AIDS and Fight for Your Rights: Protect Yourself” which garnered two EMMY Awards and a Peabody Award.

Jones was a Soros Equality Fellow and chaired the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on Gender Diversity. 

Jones’ Translash podcast did a limited series titled “The Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality.” The series profiles a number of key anti-trans activists. Season 2 examines how through “the disinformation ecosystem constructed by the Christian Nationalist movement, anti-trans lies are laundered through some of the biggest and most respected news rooms in the country, and how this effort creates a  world where the existence of trans people is questioned.”


Jones, Imara (June 25, 2021). My life growing up Black and trans in 1980s Atlanta. CNN

Jones, Imara (June 16, 2019). Trans, black and loved: what happened when I returned to the deep south after transitioning. The Guardian

Coan, Jamie Shearn (April 25, 2019). Imara Jones. New York Trans Oral History Project

Tourmaline (April 13, 2023). Imara Jones. TIME 100

Taylor, Savannah (March 17, 2023). Translash Media’s Imara Jones talks about true liberation and uplifting the trans community. Ebony

2003 Peabody Awards Know HIV/AIDS and Fight For Your Rights: Protect Yourself Campaigns

Kaiser Family Foundation (October 1, 2004). HIV/AIDS Public Education Campaign Wins Emmy.


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