Sharron Cooks is a trans woman activist of color and the founder and CEO of Making Our Lives Easier LLC. We chatted with her about her community-building and being the only trans woman of color delegate participating in the Democratic National Convention.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have a B.A in philosophy from Arcadia University, with a focus on ethics. I’m the founder and CEO of Making Our Lives Easier LLC, which is a consulting firm that provides quality resources and information to underrepresented communities through activism, advocacy, community organizing, and political advising. I work in community relations at the Educational Justice Charter School, which is an initiative that aims to provide an accepting, safe educational environment for students and an interdisciplinary learning experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, math, and community service. It was my years of volunteerism at the William Way LGBT Community Center that helped me realize and understand the strong impact that giving back to the community has on both the giver and the receiver. Read more »
This afternoon at William Way Community Center, Brian Sims and a host of local LGBT community leaders made their official endorsement for Jim Kenney for Mayor of Philadelphia.
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Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, GO! Athletes Executive Director, and right hand woman to Philly State Rep. Brian Sims, Anna Aagenes.
"Holding hands proudly, without fear."
Sharron is an amazing community organizer, leader, and advocate for the trans* community in Philadelphia. Despite being busy as a full-time student at Arcadia, a volunteer at the William Way Center, and an entrepreneur, Sharron always manages to show up as the most stylish person in the room.
Yana and Archita Banerjee
I put this married duo together, because, well, when you see their wedding pictures, you’ll understand how beautiful they are inside and out. I met the two of them when I was an undergraduate. Archita is a consultant and Wharton grad, and Yana is a norse practicioner at Greater Philadelphia Health Action (GPHA.)
She's the Director of Development at The Attic Youth Center, meaning that she helps secure valuable resources to fund some of the most important support programs serving LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia. Bonus points since she is engaged to my high school friend Shay.
Amber’s work with Stimulus may be what she is most known for, but she spreads awesomeness and love with whatever she does. She is not only the Director for Upward Bound, but she spearheads the Philly Dyke March, and other important community events and projects.
Erica is a former co-worker and friend who can probably lift and squat more than the strongest man friend you know. By day, she's a case manager for young women at the Youth Study Center (YSC). By night, she's a fierce contender in strong woman competitions or training at Urban Athlete.
Share your Woman Crush Wednesday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to email@example.com.
Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays
In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight one of the most important black movers and shakers in the city.
First up: SharRon Cooks. Ms. Cooks is an activist for the trans community. We chose her for the important volunteer work she does at the William Way Community Center. There she wears all kind of hats: peer counselor, trans support group facilitator, special events volunteer and even front-desk receptionist. That’s what you call dedication.
7 questions with SharRon Cooks after the jump