Sage Grace Dolan-Sandrino, an 18-year-old Afro-Latinx artist, public speaker, and organizer became an activist when she came out to the world as transgender at the age of 13.
Sage, who was in middle school at the time her transition began, wasn’t given the support she needed from school. Instead of accepting that they didn’t know how to help her and withdrawing from her school community, Sage and her mom decided to enlist help from the Human Rights Campaign and transform it — for her benefit and for any other trans students who were watching.
That work spurred a passion for activism in Sage. She began telling her story through HRC because voices of Black trans teens were missing from the trans narrative. By the age of 16, she was an accomplished writer, with multiple story credits for Teen Vogue about gender identity and the trans community under the Trump administration. She began speaking to adults and professionals in the field on issues of gender identity, race, art, and education.
As a high school student, Sage served as an ambassador to the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans, which works to improve educational outcomes for African Americans across all ages.
Sage is now a student at Bard College, Sage is using this extensive experience as an activist to the screen as both as a screenwriter and a producer. In 2020, she founded the creative studio and digital zine Team Mag to help other LGBTQ+ teens of color tell their own stories.
“I decided to create a community that is accessible to other young artists to build their work and build their creative community. Authentic representation is one of the most important things to focus on when telling a story. We are going to change the world as we know it,” said Sage.
We believe you will, Sage!