Youth reporters explored the question of transgender identity and community support in Long Beach. Reporters interviewed three trans community members about what it means for them to be transgender and what they would like to see in the city. The videos featured above and below reveal their answers.
Queer Youth Radio is a monthly radio series that serves as a platform for LGBTQ young people to amplify their voices to educate and bring awareness and visibility to their communities. QYR is a collaboration between VoiceWaves, The Gay & Lesbian Center of Long Beach and Bienestar Long Beach.
Chelcee Bunkley is 22 year old college freshman attending Long Beach City College and a Southern California native, living in Long Beach since 2009. Chelcee is passionate about film-making, writing, and photography and looks forward to the challenges and victories that come with being an independent filmmaker, freelance photographer and writer. She is an active volunteer at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Long Beach. She hopes to tell stories that will help people in some form, whether it be with knowledge of resources, emotionally, or any other way possible.
Nayobi L. Maldonado-Ochoa is a multimedia content creator based in Southern California. Her work has been featured in many outlets such as KPFK 90.7 FM, YouthWire, and The Panther. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Women's Studies from Chapman University in 2016. She is passionate about sharing her words and stories to others and her overall career goal is to become a talk show host on FM or satellite radio.