What is a problem for you may not be a problem for me, and May Sifuentes is hoping that one day soon, we can accept the problems of everyone no matter how different they are from our own.

“Don’t forget the struggles of others, like issues of poverty, economic opportunity, and safety,” said Sifuentes, 29. “Trans women and specifically trans women of color are victims of incredible violence. Intersectionality and the fact that we have many identities to bring to the table is important to keep in mind.”

Sifuentes is a program officer at Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood for America. She travels constantly — all over the country and to other countries — to provide assistance and healthcare to women, men, and families. Originally born in Mexico, Sifuentes and her family moved to California when she was 12. Now a citizen, she tirelessly works for all groups for better, safer communities.

“As a person that has a lot of privilege — I'm a citizen, I have a job, I speak English — I want to make sure I'm doing my part to help my communities here and abroad,” she said.


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