Julius Agers was recognized with the Engendered Spirit Award (along with Jeri Hughes) at this year’s Capital Pride Heroes Gala this week for his work as a two-spirit and transgender advocate.
The 47-year-old Chicago native has a long and varied career in activist work. In Minneapolis, he worked for the Aliveness Project HIV Community Center and the Minnesota AIDS Project and worked to help elect pro-LGBT candidates to public office.
After moving to Washington eight years ago, he worked on the 2008 presidential campaign and was later vice-president for political affairs in the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. He’s an advocate for full voting representation of Washington in Congress. He works at the D.C. Fire and EMS Department and serves on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee.
“I am quite honored to have this recognition, especially considering the others who have been honored and are currently being honored,” Agers says. “These wonderful human beings are truly my heroes.”
Agers describes his relationship status as “complicated, but fun.” He lives in Bloomingdale and enjoys politics, history and activism in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I have been out as transgender since I was very young to close friends and some family, and then came out at work in 2002.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Sharon Day, director of the Indigenous People’s Task Force.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Describe your dream wedding.
At Niagara Falls
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
What historical outcome would you change?
The subjugation of the native peoples of North America.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
On what do you insist?
Fairness and equity
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
Posted UDC Law’s event ad for #DCStatehood teach in on June 13.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“The Impossible is Possible”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Reject it and do everything to ban any “change” efforts.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
The Great Spirits
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Activism is important, but so is the political work to elect pro-equality leaders and representatives.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
To see Leonard Peltier be granted clemency and released from prison.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
The idea that transitioning from female to male (or vice-versa) means you are doing so to be attractive to the opposite sex.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Paris is Burning”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
I know it’s boring, but I don’t really covet trophies or prizes.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
How much the No. 1 Uncanny X-Men comic book would be worth today.
Its wonderful diversity.