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Peace Within the Brush Strokes: A Talk on Growing Up Transgender | Casey Hoke | TEDxCPP

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Published on May 22, 2016

Growing up isn’t easy if you truly don’t know who you are. I was lucky to have a medium to find myself through art.

Casey is a transgender artist and activist who moved from his home in Louisville, Kentucky to study graphic design at Cal Poly Pomona. After coming out during sophomore year of high school, he began speaking out as a Gay/ Straight Alliance officer, peer mentor, and National Student Ambassador for GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network). In 2014, Casey began “Art, Identity, & You”, a workshop series for the LGBT youth that focuses on LGBT art history and empowerment through the arts. During this time, he also began writing for the Huffington Post, MTV News, and Teenlife Media. Through these channels, Casey challenged a Kentucky Senator on his anti-­transgender “Bathroom Bounty Law” and discussed of positive transgender coverage and narratives in media. He is currently an LGBTQ Wells Fargo Point Foundation Scholar and works as a designer with the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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