Stonewall hero and trans elder Miss Major welcomes ‘juicy, happy baby’ with her partner

Vic Parsons
·2-min read

Trans icon and veteran of the Stonewall riots Miss Major Griffin-Gracy recently welcomed a new baby into her family with partner Beck.

Miss Major, who is 80 and has been a trans activist for more than five decades, said she and Beck “are just beaming over this little guy”.

She announced the birth of Asiah Wittenstein Major, who was born on 9 January, with an Instagram post.

“We had a baby! Asiah Wittenstein Major was born on sat, 1/9/21 (rhymes with messiah),” Miss Major wrote. “A 9lb 8oz 21 inches juicy happy baby.

“We got some precious days at home but are back at children’s hospital with a possible infection. We trust all will be well and Beck and I are just beaming over this little guy.”

Now best known for her role in the Stonewall uprising, Miss Major also founded the House of GG, an educational retreat and historical centre dedicated to transgender and gender non-conforming Americans.

And she led the Transgender, Gender Variant, Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) which works to “challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against TGI people in California prisons, jails, detention centres and beyond”.

Miss Major and Beck announced that Beck was pregnant in September 2020, also on Instagram, with Miss Major writing: “To all my gurls and the folks who love us, we have exciting news to share.

“Beck…is…Pregnant! He’s 6 months along. Hooray and Hallelujah that this has finally happened for us. We don’t know the sex of the baby but we know it will be loved by us and you.”

Miss Major is also the subject of the 2015 documentary MAJOR! which follows her life and her 40-year history of fighting for trans rights.

Her contributions to trans activism were noted by Raquel Willis, the Black trans organiser who spoke at the historic 15,000-strong Black Trans Lives Matter march in New York last summer.

“Miss Major is still on the frontlines at protests for George Floyd, and there are so many other Black trans elders across the US who paved the way for the kind of organising we do today,” Willis said.

Finding out more about “ancestors and elders with stories” will help more people to understand the “liberation that we’re seeking”, Willis continued.

“Breaking down restrictive gender norms [has] an ancient, sacred history,” she said. “It will ultimately liberate everyone.”

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