Watch: Raquel Willis on Bringing Your Black Transgender Identity to Work

The Root 100The Root 100: Celebrating Black Excellence, 10 Years and Counting

“Right now is the time to be your most different, most radical, most unique self—and you should own that.”

—Raquel Willis


Raquel Willis was recognized on The Root 100 this year for her unapologetic voice and dedicated work to elevate the transgender community. Watch above for her personal story about how hiding her true identity while working as a journalist in Monroe, Ga., shaped her advocacy.

The Root 100 prime-time special airs on Fusion TV on Sunday at 9 p.m.

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