12829202_196110210757167_1417048332876451192_o(1)Jes Grobman is a transgender artist, educator, and public speaker based out of Northampton, MA. An activist and organizer for 5 years while living in Washington, DC, Jes helped in the founding of DC Trans Power – a grassroots organization that worked to strengthen and empower the transgender community – in January 2015. Through DC Trans Power, Jes organized the Trans Week of Action – seven days of events and activities all across Washington, DC to raise awareness of and fight for change for the transgender community – in November 2015. Her assault and unlawful arrest by police at one of these events was caught on video and went viral, leading to national headlines and the dropping of all charges. With DC Trans Power, Jes put together monthly educational events around issues that affect the transgender community, and hosted Speak For Change – a monthly trans-centric open mic night that also served as a fundraiser for organizations that provide services to the transgender community.  Jes is also a public speaker, having given talks and spoken on panels at various organizing events, as well as at institutions of higher education, including Dartmouth College, Smith College, and George Washington University. In her spare time, Jes also writes and performs music and poetry. Her poem “What Part Of Me Will Die Today?” was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Now based out of Massachusetts, Jes’s current work focuses on building awareness and support for transgender people struggling with mental health issues. As recognition for her achievements, The Advocate magazine named Jes one of the 25 Trans Pioneers of 2015.