For this installment of the Queer People of Color Lecture Series, please join us for a conversation with Kim Coco Iwamoto about her path from ‘Transsexual Menace Street Activist’ to an elected State Official. As the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the nation, Commissioner Iwamoto will talk about the challenges of translating radical activism into policymaking and political change. She will invite us to ask how we can stay committed to Progressive epolitics as we negotiate institutional life. Can we stay radical as the university disciplines us all? And if so, how?
KIM COCO IWAMOTO
Currently serving the State of Hawaii as one of five Commissioners on the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, the Honorable Kim Coco Iwamoto Esq. was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate in 2012. In 2006, Commissioner Iwamoto was elected to the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE). Her election to State office was noted by local and international media; the International Herald Tribune headline stated: “Hawaii elects highest-ranking openly transgender official in nation.” In 2010, Commissioner Iwamoto was re-elected to the BOE. In 2013, the White House honored her as a Harvey Milk Champions of Change, citing her advocacy to reduce bullying and harassment in public schools.