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Sylvia Rivera

Ms. Rivera was a Puerto Rican transfem transgender rights activist that dedicated her life to the movement, fighting for trans inclusion in queer spaces, which was not always something that could be taken for granted. She was a prominent figure during and after the Stonewall Riot, and formed the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with Marsha P. Johnson.

More Info:

  • Pronouns/gender: she/her, transfem
  • Birth date/death date: July 2, 1951–February 19, 2002

Life Story:

Sylvia was born in New York into a very harsh life, with a father that was immediately absent and a mother who took her own life when Sylvia was three. She was then sent to live with her grandmother, who beat her when she began to try on feminine clothing and makeup. She was attacked by another student at school when she was in the sixth grade, was blamed for it, and suspended from school for a week as punishment. At age 11, she ran away from home, and resorted to prostitution as a means for survival. 

A couple months later, Sylvia was found by a local group of drag queen, who took her in as one of their own. Among them was Marsha P. Johnson, who soon became her best and closest friend. It was one of these genderqueer role models that gave her the name that millions would know her by: Sylvia.

Rivera claims to have been involved in the Black Liberation movement in the following years, and participated in the Stonewall Riots during the summer of ’69 along with Marsha. She claims to have been the second protester to throw a Molotov cocktail at the police, and to have been at the riots for six straight days. 

in 1970, Sylvia and Marsha founded STAR and their headquarters, STAR House, which doubled as a home for trans people in need. Though the STAR House didn’t last long, they gave the clothing and shelter to kids like them that they wished they’d had as kids. 

The Stonewall Riots caused a massive change and boost of confidence within the queer rights movement, and the first pride parades began the following year, though drag queens and trans women were excluded. During one of these events in 1973, Rivera jumped onstage with a fellow drag queen, Lee Brewster, cutting off a feminist activist who was talking s**t about qenderqueer people. While being booed by the crowd, Sylvia gave her famous “y’all better quiet down speech”, speaking out about transgender exclusion in the larger trans community. A recording of her speech is linked here

During all this, Sylvia had been struggling mentally and with substance abuse, with Marsha at one point claiming that she had problems with heroin, and frequently found herself homeless. After attempting suicide, she left New York and her work as an activist behind, but returned to the city when Marsha died in 1992. 

After her return, she got back into the trans rights movement, and founded the Transy House in 1997, a building with the same goal as the old STAR House. Over time, she became known by some as the “mother of all gay people”, and eventually reformed STAR as the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries. The new STAR pushed the New York City Transgender Rights Bill and for trans inclusion in the New York State Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act, which were both in some way passed in later years.  

During a pride parade celebrating the 25th anniversary of Stonewall in 1994, Sylvia was given a place of honor! She was finally thanked for her work by people on the streets celebrating at the parade. 

Sadly, she died in 2002 from lung cancer, but her contributions to the cause still live on today. 


Though Sylvia claimed to have played a role in the Stonewall Riots, and some remember her being there, several sources, such as her friend Marsha Johnson, claim that she was never there. It’s possible that, if she in fact wasn’t there, she lied to give young Puerto Rican kids a role model.

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The New Queer K-Pop Group To Stan—Get To Know QI.X - Koreaboo

(Left to right: jiGOOK, Prin, Maek, YOURA)


QI.X is a 4 member K-Pop group that debuted on November 19, 2022, and released their first official song on March 22, 2023. All 4 members are genderqueer in different ways, and use ‘they’ as at least one of their pronouns.

In their name, QI stands for Queer Idol and X means either infinity, or what’s marked on legal documents that means unspecified gender. QI.X is under Sweet Potato Productions and was brought together by their producer, Jiyeon.

More info:

  • Fandom name: QTZ
  • Fandom color: Periwinkle Purple
  • Links: YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Instagram
  • Members: Prin (they/them), jiGOOK (he/they), Maek (they/them), YOURA (they/them)


About the members:


  • Birthday: 10/10/2000 (22)
  • Pronouns/gender: they/them, nonbinary
  • Roles: leader, main vocal, main dancer, lead rapper
  • Representative color: blue


  • Prin’s name is a shortened and gender neutral form of prince/princess.
  • A favorite quote: “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
  • They’re a fan of Key, NMIXX, Stray Kids, P1Harmony, and ATEEZ.
  • They’re vegan.
  • They gave up on being an idol because of the K-Pop industry’s LGBTQ+phobia.
  • They’re the resident goofball of the group.
  • A couple of their hobbies are dancing and trying new looks.
  • Being a dancer is their biggest identity.


  • Birthday: 12/23/1995 (27)
  • Pronouns/gender: he/they, “genderfluid nonbinary trans male, sometimes genderless”
  • Roles: lead vocalist, main rapper
  • Representative color: green


  • No stage name – uses his real name.
  • They’re a drag artist!
  • He wants QI.X to enter the Billboard charts.
  • They’re also vegan.
  • His hobbies include photography and writing music.
  • Their favorite bands are Nirvana, Radiohead, and Sigur Rós.
  • Some of their favorite soloists are Bon Iver, Damien Rice, and Björk.
  • His favorite queer films are Queer as FolkAngels in AmericaQueer Eye, and Pose.
  • They can play piano.


  • Birthday: 9/24/1996 (26)
  • Pronouns/gender: they/them, genderqueer
  • Roles: main vocalist, lead rapper
  • Representative color: yellow


  • Maek’s name comes from a fictional creature (a Pulgasari) that is tough, eats metal, and breathes fire. They want to be as tough as a Pulgasari when it comes to opposition.
  • They work for JOGAKBO, a trans rights organization.
  • Another vegan!
  • They’ve identified as queer since middle school.
  • They write music, took lessons on beat making, and want to make songs for QI.X in the future.
  • Their musical inspiration is Red Velvet.
  • Their favorite thing to do is eat delicious food.


  • Birthday: 5/7/2000 (22)
  • Pronouns/gender: they/them, unlabeled
  • Roles: lead vocalist, maknae
  • Representative color: purple


  • *Has been on break since February 9, 2023.*
  • They’re in a constant state of questioning their gender, which is why they leave it unlabeled.
  • They majored in acting but they’re interested in traditional arts, music, and movement.
  • After being eliminated from idol auditions in elementary school, they decided that they weren’t suited to be an idol because of their appearance and body.
  • Their favorite style of dance is modern dance.
  • They like singing and playing instruments.



  • Lights Up (digital single) – Released March 22, 2023.
  1. Lights Up
  2. Lights Up (Instrumental)

BIPOC Character Novel Transfem


Image used with permission from original artist, Uzuri Art

Sister is an openly transfem clone trooper who is accepted by her fellow clones and her Jedi generals. She was worried for her safety because of her trans-ness, unsure if she would be considered a “defective” clone, and killed because of it, a fear that many of us trans people know all too well. Due to the man she and all the other clones were cloned from being of Māori descent, Jango Fett played by Temuera Morrison, she is also Māori representation.

More Info:

  • Pronouns/Gender: she/her, transfem
  • Media Appearance: Minor character from the novel Star Wars: Queen’s Hope by author E. K. Johnson


As a clone trooper, Sister has a face, tan skin color, and hair color identical to that of the original DNA donor, Jango Fett, played by Māori actor Temuera Morrison. In Uzuri Art’s commissioned drawing of Sister, she is depicted with long, dark-brown braids, and armor decorated with the pink and blue of the transgender flag.

Story (SPOILERS!!!):

Sister was created on the planet Kamino as one of millions of clones of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, intended to become soldiers for the Galactic Republic. Sister later developed a sense of femininity that was unusual among her brothers. Though this was otherwise unheard of, her brothers, upon learning of her identity, showed their support by giving her her nickname, “Sister”, as a way to reenforce that she is loved and supported. Upon the beginning of the Clone Wars, a civil war between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the clones’ purpose was realized, and they were deployed as the Grand Army of the Republic. 

Sister was once again fearful of not being supported, this time by her Jedi generals, her leaders soon proved themselves to be just as open-minded as her brothers. Sister in a battle at some point fought as a member of the 7th Sky Corps under leadership of Clone Commander Cody and Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Following the battle, Sister made a makeshift memorial under a tree, in memory of her brothers who died during the battle. While rendezvousing with General Kenobi, Sister later had a conversation with General Skywalker about gender, where Skywalker likened Sister’s transition to the Jedi’s belief in rising above conventions. 

Soon after, Sister was deployed to the planet Langston with General Skywalker and the 302nd Battalion on an aid mission. 



This is one of my favorite characters ever!!!!!! This is such a cool idea to me; one transgender sister among hundreds of thousands of genetically identical brothers, it’s so unique and creative!! Plus, I’ve loved Star Wars since forever and I think I’d go feral if Sister showed up in a show or movie.

-Sylvie <3