DJ Precolumbian’s Dream Dance Floor

Chaska Sofia, also known as DJ Precolumbian, is a party promoter and producer creating dream dance floors for queer and trans people of color. With a roving cast of queer DJs, performers and party producers, Sofia creates spaces and parties that center women just like her: black and brown, queer and trans, native and proud.

In this segment, DJ Precolumbian talks with us about what her dream party looks like, how dancing and trauma are connected and what it means to mourn Orlando while being brown, trans and queer.

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Translatin@s: Personal Stories Of Gender Transition


Nilda & Cristina 068Christina Herrera began her transition from male to female when she was very young; she began to take hormones when she was 16 years old. At the time, Christina was living in New York City during the height of the AIDS epidemic. She watched as the disease devastated her community. A self-titled “Translatina,” Christina shared with us her journey from a young boy in El Salvador to a strong woman living in New York.







Asher Diaz was born and raised in the Midwest and transitioned from female to male when he was in his mid-twenties.  For Asher, the change brought him closer to the one member of his family that he thought would be least likely to support his decision.




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After the 1959 revolution, being gay in Cuba was considered counter-revolutionary. LGBT Cubans were jailed and harassed because of their sexual identity. Hear from two lesbians talk about their life on the island since the Revolution.

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Von Diaz is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. Her reporting focuses on immigration, Cuba, and LGBT issues. She was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Atlanta, GA. She is a Feet in Two Worlds fellow, and has published her work on PRI’s The World, WNYC, and New American Media.