Serena In Her Own Words | Introduction
My name is Serena Adrienne Sonoma, I am a black transgender woman by way of Raleigh, North Carolina. If there's three things you should know about me they are:
1. I am womanist
2. I am agnostic
3. I am an avid writer
I have always found that the best way to express myself is through words, since the time I was a child I would write stories for my teachers and grandparents. I wrote for my middle school's weekly newspaper, I attended weekly poetry readings in high school, I went to college and I studied creative writing.
Today, I am a freelance journalist, and I thought about it for quite awhile, but it was my gender transition that finally inspired me on October 2016 to become a full time writer.
As a transgender woman I face the highest form of workplace discrimination, and as a black transgender woman this is doubly so. Although I did not start the hormonal or expressive aspect of my gender transition at the time, I was preparing myself so that I could transition comfortably. And I knew if I were going to have a lack of job opportunities or face harassment from employers, I might as well take my work into my own hands and be my own boss (I've never liked working under people anyway).
Since then, I have become a contributing reporter for Everyday Feminism. I've written for various magazines including Wear Your Voice, The Bolde, VICE, Bustle and The Daily Dot and I have no intention of stopping yet.
So if you are still reading this, congratulations. I decided to create this page as a representation of my life as an intersectional womanist. People often ask me “why womanism? What even is that?” And most of all, “why and what does it mean to be intersectional anyway?”
Well you will have to find out more by becoming one of my patrons. But I will tell you this - I am both of these things because I have no choice. My life is at the intersection of multiple identities that cross gender, racial and identity lines. It wasn't a matter of choosing to be an intersectional womanist, rather, I was chosen. Kind of like the sorting hat in Harry Potter (I am a proud Gryffindor according to Pottermore by the way). But intersectional identities are not fictional, or magic. They are real and concrete and sometimes they can hurt, because they lack visibility.
That is why I am here. I want my patrons to know that people like me are humans who live, breathe and pump blood, and live ordinary lives just like anybody else.
PortfolioAs a freelance journalist you can find all of my publications at SerenaSonoma.Contently.com.
Content You Will Find HereI want to convey my life as a marginalized person as best I can and therefore the best way to do that is through blogging. By becoming my patron you will receive access to:
Weekend Blogs - For $1 patrons, every Saturday I will blog about the goings on of my week and my experiences with transmisogynoir, dating as a trans woman, and personal insight, thoughts and advice.
Current Events - For $3 patrons, I will write current events posted monthly, every other week on the days of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For $4 patrons I will let you choose what current events need to be discussed.
Monthly Short Form Essays - For $7 patrons, at the beginning of every month I will write a short form essay regarding my experiences as an intersectional womanist. I will conduct research, cite facts and do transgender 101 work that can help others learn more about being an ally for the queer community.