Trans Activist Holding D.C.’s Feet to the Fire

By David Artavia

One activist making incredible strides in our nation’s capital is 30-year-old Emmelia Augusta Smith Ruiz Talarico, one of The Advocate ‘s Champions of Pride. As the director of, a collective of organizers and activist fighting to liberate queer and trans people, Talarico and their staff work endless hours to ensure its success — all without a dime of government dollars. The organization […]


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