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!

Brahman/i, meet Hari

B.’s not the only one who uses comedy to confront racial divides. Check out the New York Times profile on Indian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu.

Hari

“It’s cathartic for me to make people laugh because it means I’m not alone. Other people find this absurd as well.”

Citing Richard Pryor’s groundbreaking stand-up as inspiration, Kondabolu turns the pain of the past into laughter while riffing on post-colonialism, homosexuality in pop culture, and why America needs new superheroes. Or find out why Kondabolu is waiting for 2042 in his interview¬†on NPR’s All Things Considered.

I think Brahman/i would admire Hari Kondabolu’s conviction. And that deserves a big “Heliocentrism!” salute!