Trans Activist Ashlee Marie Preston Made Her 34th Birthday Cake an Act of Resistance
Ashlee Marie Preston has always been a force to be reckoned with.
The trans activist has burst through barriers in her way to become a leading voice of the American LGBTQ community. The first trans woman to be named editor-in-chief of the magazine Wear Your Voice, she also became the first trans person in California to run for state Assembly. Another headline-making moment for Preston was when she confronted Caitlyn Jenner at a Trans Chorus of L.A. event. A viral video showed her critiquing Jenner’s support of President Trump, utilizing a moment many of her peers surely would have shied away from.
She has a lot to celebrate. But while many would choose to take a break from activism to celebrate their birthday, not Ashlee Marie Preston. She decided to dedicate her 34th birthday cake to 77 black trans women who were murdered before they reached their 35th birthdays, the life expectancy for this incredibly marginalized community.
“Sadly the average life expectancy for a black trans woman in America is 35 years old. … I had @cakeandart place the photos of 77 black trans women who were murdered under 35 years old on my cake,” Preston wrote on Instagram.