Elle Hearns

Elle Hearns

Freedom Fighter

Executive Director, The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
Washington, DC

Personal Website

LGBTQ Rights




Elle Hearns is an organizer originally from the midwest, and currently living in Washington, D.C. She made history when she led the design of the first-ever Movement for Black Lives Convening, held in Cleveland, Ohio, and later when she played a pivotal role in the creation of the official Black Lives Matter network the organization that formed after the founding of the popular hashtag. In other words, she is at the center of the most catalytic social movement of our time.

In 2014, after the murders of Cemia Dove, Brittney Nicole Kidd-Stergis, Tiffany Edwards, and Betty Skinner, Elle turned pain into action by organizing black trans women to have safe spaces to build and collaborate on ways to better their lives by co-founding the Black Trans Lives Matter movement. She is also a fearless spokesperson. Elle’s writing have been featured in TruthOutHuffington Post, and Ebony. Her work has also been covered widely by outlets like EssenceThe New York Times, and Fusion. Audiences love Elle’s hard-earned wisdom on intersectional organizing and movement building, as well as her infectious passion for centering marginalized voices for a brighter, better future for all of us.

Elle Hearns is utter brilliance. Her love for Black people is personified through her work. We are fortunate to have someone like her in this lifetime.
—Patrisse Cullors Brignac-Khan, Co-founder, Black Lives Matter
Elle is one of the strongest and most willing leader in the movement. She's an integral part of the work being done.
—Wriply Bennett, Artist
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