It is the fourth Saturday of the month and time again for Trans Talk on The Tenth Voice. Join hostesses Una and Fiona Nowling as they welcome Kendall Martinez-Wright on the program to talk about her life and why she has decided to run for Missouri State Representative next year.
Kendall Martinez-Wright is the first transgender woman to run for the Missouri House of Representatives. She is a Black-Puerto Rican Trans woman, running for office in Missouri, amid a spate of nationwide and local anti-trans bills. She is a resilient woman, community organizer, and a statewide LGBTQ and Human Rights legislative strategist. As a child, Miss Martinez-Wright, along with her mother and younger sister, made the move from Chicago, IL where Martinez-Wright was born, to Palmyra, MO for a better quality of life.
Upon graduating from Palmyra High School in 2012, Kendall relocated to the Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City, to attend Lincoln University. During her tenure at Lincoln University, she became a critical advocate for policy and legislative action that impacted funding for education and civil rights. She has served as the leader for social justice marches, fundraising campaigns, and statewide initiatives. Since, Kendall has continued her involvement in serving within approximately thirty-six civic organizations, establishing a wide range of relationships with elected officials, and serving as a discussion facilitator on a wide range of issues from racial justice, access to education, diversity, and healthcare.
Currently, Miss Martinez-Wright resides in her hometown of Palmyra. Her mission is to utilize her position at the table to amplify her voice and elevate your concerns. She is dedicated to community, and working diligently alongside stakeholders and partners in order to cultivate unity within and awareness of the valuable residents of District 5.
We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, May 22nd at 1:00 pm on 90.1 KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org, or via various apps on your phone.