I Am Who I Say I Am
I Am Who I Say I Am is a Silver Anthem Award-winning series of three video shorts capturing stories of gender affirmation. The series is a BPM-commissioned work directed by Sophia Clark and co-produced by Black Public Media and Feral Films.
73% of Americans know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns,
but less than half (47%) feel comfortable using them.
— Pew Research Center (2019)
A Letter from Black Public Media's
Leslie Fields-Cruz (she/her)
“As the Black parent of a gender nonconforming adult, nonacceptance was never an
issue. I love my child, and affirming who they are is, and will always be, of utmost
importance to me and my husband.”
I Am Who I Say I Am is a series that boldly asserts gender cannot be dictated. Gender must always be
self-proclaimed and self-assessed. As a community, it is our duty to affirm and support each other
— this is especially true for Black transgender people. Go beyond the gender binary.
Understanding Gender Indentities
How to use pronouns correctly
How to be an ally to trans nonbinary youth
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Vote! Be Heard
In 2022, Be HEARD: Vote! won Anthem Award Gold in the nonprofit Human & Civil Rights Awareness Campaign category. In 2023, Be HEARD! I Am Who I Say I Am won a Silver Anthem Award in the nonprofit Human & Civil Rights Social Media Content, Campaign or Channel Awareness & Media category. BPM applauds all who contributed to these award-winning campaigns.