It;’s December 30, and that means my thirtysomething sis Tona Brown is celebrating another birthday.
Tona as you may or may not know has been a trans trailblazer in her own right as a classically trained singer and violinist based in the DMV area. ,She’s founder of the AIDA Strings, and is the first out transperson to perform for a sitting US President(2011) and first out Black transperson at Carnegie Hall in June 2014.
I was blessed to spend quality time with Tona back in January when I went to Chicago for #CC16 and when I visited Washington DC a few months later in August for the joint NABJ-NAHJ Convention.
During the DC visit I finally got the chance to do the Conversations With Tona Brown interview I’ve been promising her for two years, but could never make the timing work with our busy schedules until that moment..
Yeah, she deserves a TransGriot birthday shout out and much more, so taking the time to wish her a very happy blessings filled birthday and Happy New Year.
May 2017 bring even more success for this amazing woman and looking forward to the next time we’re in the same area code.