Standing up

B. uses stand-up comedy to stand up for their right to express their gender — in rehearsals actor Aila Peck came up with the great word “gender-full” to describe B. — but stand-up is just one of the ways to be heard.

Emily Quinn, a 25-year-old animator who has Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, posted a powerful open letter about her experiences on the Internet. In this interview with Huffington Post, Emily discusses her decision to “stand up,” as well as her work with MTV’s Faking It — one of the first television programs to feature an intersex character. Read Emily’s original letter here.

Young wordsmith and trans person Alex used rap to share his story. Watch him work the mic below. (The lyrics to the rap are here.)

Leave us a comment and share how you have “stood up” in your life!

A Primer on Stand Up Comedy

Creating the feeling of an authentic comedy routine is a huge focus for the BRAHMAN/I team. Toward that end, we’ve compiled a slideshow below with some basic concepts about stand-up, as well as a bunch of videos and interviews with comics. Enjoy!