Interview of Nala Simone

Nala Simone is an activist who was born and raised in Brooklyn. Nala begins with her childhood in Bushwick, her time as a fashion design student at the Fashion Institute of Design, and her process of coming out twice. She discusses her experiences with retail work and workplace discrimination, as well as her involvement with Retail Action Project and the Trans Women of Color Collective, which she co-founded. She also explores her experiences with Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, both as a patient and an employee. Nala emphasizes the importance of creating trans home spaces and trans siblinghood.

Date of Interview:

June 9, 2017

Location of Interview:

CUNY Graduate Center, CLAGS Office, New York City

Place of birth:

Brooklyn, New York



Interviewed by

Yana Calou

Summary by

Izzy Levy