Janae Johnson
They/Them She/Her
Development and Communications Assistant, Tahirih Justice Center

Janae Johnson is a Development Assistant at a legal nonprofit, an artist, and an event curator. They strive to amplify the voices of the most marginalized, namely womxn of color, queer and trans people, immigrants, and youth. With a background in international affairs and education, they have developed an understanding of the varying intersections of identity and how those impact the well-being and ability of humans to live happy and whole lives.

As an advocate for mental health and wellness, they have created events to uplift and provide a space for healing and vulnerability. Originally hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, and having recently relocated to Houston, Texas, from Brooklyn, New York, they are excited to join and contribute to communities working towards change by acknowledging the need for holistic care and providing community members with the access to resources to spark self-initiated progress. They are a firm believer that people innately have the knowledge and intuition on how to heal and uplift themselves. However, these gifts must be cultivated, nurtured, and encouraged.

Janae believes that the ability and the space to create is crucial to our well-being. Whether that creation is through dancing with sheer joy, writing a poem, or dressing one's self in the morning, they are dedicated to incorporating some form of creation into their daily routine. An advocate for freedom through expression, they write and perform songs and poetry and have been involved in various projects in Houston including Okwui Okpokwasili's Sitting on a Man's Head during CounterCurrent19, Carrie Schneider's Waterwashing at Buffalo Bayou, and CAMH Words and Arts where they read their piece, "a Reimagining of pInk."

They believe there is great freedom in acknowledging one's personal identity, and through that recognition, one can begin to be their truest self and encourage others to do the same.