Aaryn Lang (Brooklyn,NY) is an Artist, Human Rights Advocate, Public Speaker and Media host who uses unwavering honesty and humor to affirm the plight of black transgender people everywhere. An Ohio native, Aaryn has played a vital part in solidifying and strengthening social justice movements in the United States. From co-founding the Ohio branch of the Trans Women of Color Collective— to working in partnership with the budding Black Lives Matter movement, Aaryn has consistently challenged local and national organizing spaces on supporting the liberation of the black transgender community. In conjunction with her movement service, Aaryn has advanced her work creatively— Publishing pieces in Very Smart Brothas, them., Cosmopolitan, as well as being featured in HuffPost, Mic, Allure, and more. In collaboration with Barnard college, Aaryn co-wrote a PSA equipping people with intervention strategies to defend against white-supremacist attacks following President 45’s inauguration. Most notably, Aaryn hosted the NY Emmy-Nominated PBS series First Person, an interview style series highlighting LGBT stories through intimate portraits of everyday life. Aaryn’s commitment to simplifying challenging social constructs while holding our collective failures with grace has opened the door for various speaking engagements. She has been welcomed to speak on panels, at conferences, and universities such as The White House, Slayfest, Vice, The Claremont Colleges, Columbia, The Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, and more. You can follow Aaryn’s work @Aarynnlang on Instagram.