Writer and blogger who is known for being a transgender rights activist. She is known for having written for Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, and The Advocate and is also the editor at large of Media Matters for America. She is also known for bringing attention the transphobic language featured on RuPaul's Drag Race which helped influence the course of the show.
She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with her degree in Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management. She came out as transgender to her co-workers in 2013. She then released a book on her coming out story in 2014 and started writing for several publications.
She was listed on the Windy City Times 30 Under 30 list in June of 2014. She was also nominated for a 2014 National Women's Political Caucus Exceptional Merit in Media Award for an essay she wrote entitled "I am a Transgender Woman, and This is What it's Like".
She was born and raised in Manhattan, Illinois and married production designer Kayla Pekkala.
After college, she worked briefly for Pitchfork Media which led to her working as an assistant for singer Andrew Bird.