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PEPPERMINT

Actress, singer, trans lives activist

"top" emerged in 2020 as one of the most important voices in the Black Trans Lives Matter movement.

Tapping her following on social media, she brought greater awareness to violence against Black trans women and the broader Black trans community and to the relentless toll of racism, homophobia, misogyny and transphobia.

“I think we’re on the precipice of some really great change,” Peppermint told Entertainment Tonight. “We’re able to speak about race and misogyny and sexuality in a mainstream way that we’ve not been able to do in years past without being shunned or canceled.”

The first trans woman to originate a leading role on Broadway in “Head Over Heels,” Peppermint rose to fame on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” followed by performances on “Pose,” “God Friended Me” and “Deputy.”

She recently joined the national board of directors of advocacy group GLAAD and was nominated as outstanding music artist for "A Girl Like Me: Letters to My Lovers" in the GLAAD Media Awards, which honors LGBTQ representation in media.

“I’m so thankful that the Black Lives Matter movement began after the murder of Trayvon Martin and continued with George Floyd, but what we’re not seeing is the same sort of energy when it comes to the women who have been killed: Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland and many others,” Peppermint told the Guardian.