TransAction Spotlight - Aryah Lester
TransAction Advisory Board Spotlight
"Last year, Equality Florida launched its statewide transgender inclusion initiative in support of the Transgender Community. With the creation of TransAction Florida's Advisory Board, we now have a statewide scope and reach to provide advocacy, awareness and education of the transgender journey. We are very pleased to highlight one of our Advisory Board Members each month in 2015. This month, we are honored to spotlight the incomparable Aryah Lester."
- Gina Duncan, Transgender Inclusion Director
Aryah Lester, speaker/author/educator, is a transwoman of color from New York residing in Miami-Dade since 2005. Ms. Lester is the current Chair for the State of Florida Health Department's Transgender Work Group, former Chair-Elect of the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, as well as a board member of Unity Coalition (UC|CU). She helped to create this summer's TransArt series with the Betsy Hotel, the LGBT Visitors Center, and UC|CU. She also sits as a member on the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Transgender Networking Group. Aryah Lester founded the organization Trans-Miami, as well as continued the network of her National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL). Ms. Lester currently assists the Switchboard of Miami as a nationally certified crisis hotline counselor, and speaks nationally towards transgender equality, showcased as a listee of the 2015 Trans100 & SFGN Out50.