Blair Imani's "Modern HERstory" changes the narrative of social justice to include women and nonbinary notables

By GLAAD |
November 29, 2018

Blair Imani's activism links her to a number of progressive causes such as Black Lives Matter and organizations like Equality for HER. She has been a voice speaking against the injustices of fellow women, Muslims, queer and black people.

Her recently published work, Modern HERstory, profiles 70 different people of color, queer people, trans people and disabled people who are all agents of change in their own right yet make significant impacts on the world.

“Modern HERstory is a timely and inspiring read that gives women, girls and nonbinary people everywhere access to game changers who they can identify with at their fingertips," said Clare Kenny, Director of GLAAD's Youth Engagement programs. "Several of the names included in this book, including Blair Imani herself, have been instrumental to the work done here at GLAAD for LGBTQ people, and every one of them is instrumental to bringing about positive change in today's society."

Some names featured are Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Phan, Oprah Winfrey and Janet Mock, among many others. In 2017, Imani came out publicly as queer, and later shared her experiences navigating and discovering her identity through GLAAD.

"Modern HERstory takes the stories of people who are historically marginalized and places them front and center," says Imani. "As the Trump administration attempts to make policies that erase transgender and non-binary folks I, alongside GLAAD, am centering LGBTQ trailblazers like Sylvia Rivera, Janet Mock, Kat Blaque, Lori Rodriguez and more to accelerate acceptance."

Earlier this year, she took the stage at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York alongside Pulse surviver Brandon Wolf to deliver a powerful call for unity against anti-LGBTQ and anti-Muslim rhetoric by Tucker Carlson and anti-LGBTQ media. The same gravitas can be found in the many women and nonbinary people featured in Imani's Modern HERstory.