The Minority Report: Joanna Gibson, LGBTQ activist

GRAND JUNCTION, CO – Joanna Gibson walked up to the microphone during the public comment period of last Monday’s Mesa County Commissioners meeting and reminded them, us, the rest of the world that although many have already forgotten the name Jayne Thompson, she has not.

Gibson, a local LGBTQ activist and volunteer with the civil rights group Right & Wrong (RAW), graciously joined me over Zoom yesterday to talk about her journey as a transgender woman, her challenges to be accepted, and her dream of creating a safe space for the transgender community here in Mesa County. If you’d like to contribute to her GoFundMe page to raise funds for that safe center, go to:

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