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Black History Month: Alexander John Goodrum




Alexander John Goodrum (1960-2002): A Trailblazer in Trans Rights Advocacy


Alexander John Goodrum, a remarkable civil rights activist, writer, and educator, left an indelible mark on the world during his lifetime. As the founder and executive director of TGNET Arizona, a transgender advocacy and education organization, he tirelessly championed the rights and well-being of transgender individuals.


Mr. Goodrum, a black transman, faced intersecting challenges—he was low-income, disabled, and bisexual. Yet, he fearlessly advocated for justice within each of these communities. His commitment to authenticity and inclusivity allowed him to address social justice issues that affected all the communities he represented.


His written works furthered understanding and dialogue. Notably, he authored “Gender Identity 101: A Transgender Primer,” a valuable resource for those unfamiliar with transgender experiences. Additionally, his work “Gender, Identity, and Politics, and Eating Our Own” delved into the infighting, that distracts from what really matters, serving one another. He emphasized that unity and collective action were essential for advancing our rights and well-being.


Alexander John Goodrum’s legacy continues to inspire and educate, reminding us that advocacy knows no boundaries and that every voice matters in the fight for equality.




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