When Emery Grant organizes discussions dealing with culture, sexual orientation and other issues, he tries to be as inclusive as possible. But there’s one thing he always attempts to exclude: preconceived notions.
“There’s a responsibility to acknowledge that our lives are much more complex. Our lives are more rich and complicated than what might be a certain set of expectations of what LGBTQ might be like,” said Grant, director of community engagement for the Stonewall National Museum & Archives.
Ever since he read a book on feminism in college, Grant said he’s been hooked on cultural studies. “I really feel passionately that LGBTQ culture is for everyone.” As a transgender man, Grant said he’s part of the LGBT kaleidoscope but he wants to make sure every diverse background has a chance to express itself.
“Both professionally and personally, it’s important to ensure that cultural spaces don’t fall short of telling the stories of people with all of their experiences and modes of expression, and that includes transgender individuals.”
Before joining Stonewall in 2013, Grant was the marketing director for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. He started with Stonewall as an arts and cultural worker and transgender activist and has 15 years of experience management of nonprofit arts and cultural institutions. Grant also serves on the board of SunServe and The Association for American Cultures.