Staceyann Chin


Staceyann Chin received the 2007 Power of the Voice Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the 2008 Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project and the 2009 New York State Senate Award. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

A proud Jamaican national, Staceyann appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experience growing up on the island and the dire consequences of coming out there. 

Staceyann is widely known as the co-writer and original performer in the Tony Award-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Her poetry has met with acclaim at the Nuyorican Poets Café and she has led writing workshops in Australia, South Africa and Sweden. Chin’s three one-woman shows, Hands Afire, Border/Clash and Unspeakable Things, all opened to rave reviews at the Culture Project in New York City. Whether on 60 Minutes or in the New York Times, Staceyann has a reputation for telling it exactly like it is.

Staceyann is the author of the memoir The Other Side of Paradise.

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