Aaryn Lang (she/her/hers) is a Black, Ohio-born, consultant, writer, public speaker, and media personality. Miss Lang’s primary focus is championing the social, economic, and political well being of the Transgender community, specifically the needs of Black Transgender women.
Throughout her career, Lang has been a central figure in Black social justice movements in the United States. She was a co-founder of the Ohio branch of the Trans Women of Color Collective, and a key part of the Black Lives Matter network since its inception. Along with BLM, Lang served as a lead organizer of Black Trans Liberation Tuesday, the first national day of action-centered solely on Black Trans women. Aaryn has ensured that movement spaces have centered the most marginalized as they work toward collective liberation.
In conjunction with her movement service, Aaryn has advanced her work creatively— Publishing writings in Very Smart Brothas, them., Cosmopolitan, as well as being featured in HuffPost, Mic, Allure, and more. Additionally, Ms. Lang co-wrote and starred in a Barnard College organizing training video about intervening during racist attacks, in collaboration with transformative justice organization Project NIA. Most notably, Aaryn hosted the Emmy-Nominated PBS series First Person, an interview style series highlighting LGBT stories through intimate portraits of everyday life.
Aaryn's commitment to simplifying challenging social constructs while holding our collective failures with grace has opened the door for various speaking engagements. She has been welcomed to speak on panels, at conferences, and institutions such as The White House, Slayfest, Vice, The Claremont Colleges, Columbia University, OSU, NYU, and more.