Interview magazine is putting Black trans women front and center.
In their free-flowing conversation, the duo tackles everything from protesting systemic racism and police brutality, to embracing their sensuality as proud Black trans women.
Ross, of course, is known and loved for her television and film appearances, including recurring roles in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story and FX's Pose. Her acting career aside, Ross has leveraged her platform to empower trans and gender non-conforming people with professional training through TransTech Social Enterprises, an incubator for LGBTQ talent she launched in 2014.
Asked by Willis how she's feeling in this "unprecedented time" versus a year ago, Ross was frank about the emotional whiplash she's experienced:
I’ve been so heartbroken to the reality that it shows no signs of stopping. It has been such a roller-coaster because I’m experiencing some of the highest highs and some of the lowest lows that I’ve ever experienced. It’s like, I’ll be featured in Essence magazine for Black women in Hollywood, and another Black trans woman is killed. I’d have some other historic win as a Black trans woman, more visibility, or another milestone in my career, and then another Black trans woman is killed. I feel like I’m on a seesaw and it feels difficult at times to celebrate my wins when so much is going on around me.
Nevertheless, Ross said she feels like being trans is "an unspoken spiritual path."
"If you are going through this kind of transition and you are focused on the daily physical changes, and 'Do I pass today?'—your emotions are connected to your physical transition," she continued. "You will learn a lesson: that kind of physical change is going to take your emotions on a ride. You’ve got to get to a place where the one thing that never changes is that hopeful spirit that knows in your heart who you are without needing any label."
Read Ross and Willis's full Interview chat here.