Grace Dunham – younger sister to Lena – is an activist and writer who speaks on gender and trans resistance movements. She has already appeared in five films, her most recent being the independent short Happy Birthday Marsha!, which will premiere this year and also features fellow Dazed 100-er Mya Taylor. Exploring the lives of transgender activists Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera before the Stonewall riots of the 60s, Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel’s film sees Dunham play an androgynous tough guy named Junior. Off-screen, she works to empower non-binary communities. “I think it seems like we’re still addressing these issues because racism, misogyny, and a deep fear and hatred of queer and trans people are laced into the very fabric of America,” she said in conversation with her Happy Birthday Marsha! collaborators in Dazed’s winter issue.
Last year, she also made her NYFW runway debut at gender-neutral New York label Eckhaus Latta’s SS16 show, nonchalantly rocking a liberating, chest-exposing top. Her stance toward trans rights is firm, as Dunham believes these communities have been severely misrepresented by the mass media – and it’s important to look beyond those trying to co-opt the cause. “We’re seeing a lot of people making work about trans life because they think it’s hot and trendy and can make them money. The question is, are people going to redistribute resources and power?”
Text Ava Nirui