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REBECCA KLING

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ABOUT REBECCA KLING

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Rebecca Kling is an educator, community organizer, storyteller, and advocate for transgender rights. 

Rebecca pursues a multidisciplinary approach to advocacy. She works with community organizations, civil rights groups, and elected representatives to elevate the experiences of transgender people, and to bring transgender issues into discussions of public education and policy.

Rebecca began her career working as a touring educator and performance artist, exploring gender and identity through solo stage pieces and interactive workshops. Her genre-bending productions - which incorporated conversational storytelling, personal narrative, and comedic vignettes - took her all across the United States to interact with a wide variety of audiences. 

 

In 2013, Rebecca was recognized for her artistic work when she was named as part of the inaugural Trans 100, a list celebrating excellence in the transgender community.

From 2016 through 2019, Rebecca worked with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) in Washington D.C., first serving as their Community Storytelling Advocate, before becoming the organization's Education Program Director. She is currently part of the Beyond Coal campaign at the Sierra Club.

Rebecca firmly believes that understanding combats bigotry, and that everyone has the ability to push for a more just and equitable world.

 

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INTERVIEWS, FEATURES & QUOTES IN PRESS​

  • Refinery 29Why Trans People Don’t Always Have Good, Pleasurable Sex—At First (June 2019)

  • Kenyon Collegian: Activist’s talk focuses on trans representation in media (Feb 2019)

  

  • USA Today: Activists vow transgender Americans #WontBeErased by Trump administration (Oct 2018)

 

  • Washington Post: Among thousands of LGBTQ teens, a survey finds anxiety and fears about safety (May 2018).

 

 

 

  • NBC 5 Chicago: Transgender Chicago Artist, Educator Tells Her Story (Aug 2015)

 

  • New Times: Performance artist Rebecca Kling explores issues of transgender identity at Cal Poly (Jan 2015)

 

  • The Killjoys List: Excellent plays by trans-identified and trans-ally-identified playwrights (July 2014)

 

  • GlaadFirst-ever Trans 100 list released by We Happy Trans and This is H.O.W. (April 2013)

 

  • Chicago Reader: Rebecca Kling's busy time: new gender, new book (June 2012)

 

 

 

  • Chicago Reader: Charged Bodies introduces emerging solo artists (Nov 2008)

ARTICLES BY REBECCA KLING

  • MediumChanging Hearts and Minds in Massachusetts, One Doorstep at a Time (May 2018)

 

  • The Guardian: Don't call trans people 'brave' – we're just trying to live in a prejudiced society (Oct 2015)

 

  • Women's HealthHow I Decided to Have Sex Reassignment Surgery - and What It Was Like (May 2015)

PODCASTS & RECORDED INTERVIEWS

  • Encyclopodia: Rebecca Kling talks about storytelling as advocacy. Human connection is always going to be more powerful than dry facts or figures and stories have the unique power to hit someone in their heart. (March 2019)

  • Not About You: Rebecca Kling talks about issues surrounding gender, bathroom use and anti trans activism. Rebecca also unpacks the idea of reciprocity and whether someone is or isn't obligated to teach about their identity (June 2017)

 

  • Beyond Gender: Interview with immigration defense attorney, activist, and entrepreneur Caleb Arring (Aug 2016)

  • General Admission: This week we interview transgender performance artist Rebecca Kling on her art, her identity, and how the two come together. (Oct 2014)

 

  • Chicago Fringe: Vinnie Lacey, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Fringe Festival, joins forces with a 5 year veteran of the Chicago Fringe Festival, a transgender artist and educator. Rebecca Kling (June 2013)

STAGE & PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

 

 

 

 

  • City Beat: The Storms Beneath Her Skin (June 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

  • Chicago Reader: Charged Bodies introduces emerging solo artists (Nov 2008)

VIDEO & STORYTELLING

RECORDED WORK & MORE

 

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TRANS SPECIFIC PARTNERSHIP

Join Rebecca and Health Equity Advocate Joanna Cifredo for an ongoing discussion of the role politics, gender, and sexuality play in a culture in transition.

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