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Meet Tymber Hudson: Antiracist Activist

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Tymber Hudson (they/she) is a speaker, strategist, and multidisciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You may remember Tymber from their viral Facebook post earlier this year in defense of trans and non-binary people, but rest assured that Tymber has long been a leader in the fight for the equity and justice. 

(photo credit: River Bennett)


A former LGBTQ+ policy associate at the Biden Foundation and congressional intern in the Office of Congresswoman Karen Bass, Tymber Hudson is committed to centering the voices of Black LGBTQ+ foster youth in all of their work, from health care and homelessness, to education and child welfare abolition.

(photo credit: River Bennett)


We recently caught up with Tymber to learn more from their life and their plans for the future, which includes “They Slay: A Lifestyle Blog” and “Unplaceable The Podcast.” Be sure to check out both projects at www.TymberHudson.com


This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.


What can we expect from “They Slay: A Lifestyle Blog” and “Unplaceable The Podcast?”


Tymber: Just go ahead and prepare for the unexpected because BAAAABY, my mind is always all over the place. Much like Beyonce, I LOVE a good surprise! Photoshoots, video content, opinion blogs or vlog, highlights from the day job, and more! For me there are very few limits. All jokes aside, I do work full-time and I’m usually working on at least 2 consulting projects. In the future I would like to have a more consistent schedule for content but for now I will post when my schedule allows. If you have ideas or suggestions for content, email me at contact@tymberhudson.com


When did you first become an activist?
Tymber: I remember learning about the tragic death of Trayvon Martin my freshman year of college. His death was an awakening of sorts. It made me realize that folks read me as a threat because of my race and perceived gender identity, despite my many attempts to assimilate into whiteness. College was an opportunity for me to deepen my understanding of my identities. Becoming more involved in foster care advocacy statewide, LGBTQ+ organizations and student housing allowed me to raise awareness of important social justice issues, while creating healing-centered spaces for marginalized people.


Where are your ancestors from?

Tymber: I have limited knowledge of my family history but someone once taught me that you don’t need to know your ancestors, they know you. My family has roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma and across southern Florida. I am certain that my ancestors fought hard and have made many contributions to our shared history. I believe my ancestors were nomadic people that found work and beloved community across many southern states.

(photo credit: River Bennett)


What’s the story behind your name?

Tymber: When I was a kid I remember seeing my birth certificate for the first time and asking my guardian “ Who’s Tom?!” I was 9 years old when I learned my name was legally Tom not Thomas. For most of my life I have used the name Thomas because I still don’t know who Tom is ( insert laughing emoji). I’ve recently changed my name to Tymber because this name embodies the transformative energy I have and that I am manifesting for my future. 


Who’s your activist crush or role model?

Tymber: My activist role model is the Audre Lorde. Her many writings and speeches addressing sexism, classism, homophobia, and racism are lessons that I revisit each week to ground myself. One of the most profound lessons I found through her teachings is radical self care. Daily, I ask myself, what am I willing to sacrifice for my happiness.

“Caring for myself is not self- indulgence. It is self preservation, and that is an act of political warfare,” Lorde wrote in A Burst of Light and Other Essays.

What issue in the world is most important to you right now?

Tymber: Reducing experiences of discrimination and violence impacting Black LGBTQ+ youth in the foster care system. Because of racism, Black LGBTQ+ youth are more likely to report experiencing homelessness, criminal injustice, and sex trafficking after leaving care. Despite being overrepresented in the system, our experiences are erased or simplified in national conversations about foster care.

(photo credit: River Bennett)


What’s the best comedy movie or television show you’ve ever seen?
Tymber: I am a HUGE Eddie Murphy fan! For me, Nutty Professor and Norbit are two of the funniest movies ever created. 


Where would you like to go on your next vacation? 

Tymber: I find a lot of peace being alone within the wilderness and disconnecting from social media. My next vacation will likely be in the woods, somewhere with great hiking trails, waterfalls, and beautiful sunsets. Wherever I end up, I’ll be sure to bring wine and plenty of books 🙂 


What’s the proudest moment of your life so far?

Tymber: I am a first generation college graduate. While making it to graduation was a fight. It is one that continues to open doors and create new opportunities for my future. Growing up in foster care, I learned that not many kids that experienced care would complete a higher education. I was determined to beat the odds. 

(photo credit: River Bennett)


What does a world without racism look like to you?

Tymber: To me a world without racism looks like a world that prioritizes Black Trans life, love, and leadership across all movements.  It’s definitely a wealthy utopia occupied by beautiful fat, black, disabled, queer and trans people. 


Finish this sentence for us: “I’m fired up and ready to..” 

Tymber: I’m fired up and ready to prioritize my healing and self-love while fighting for the liberation of oppressed communities everywhere. 

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