Serena Jazmine Daniari is a passionate writer, journalist, producer and transgender activist of Iranian descent, who graduated from New York University in 2015 with a BS in Media, Culture, and Communication. She is dedicated to expanding media coverage of gender diversity and LGBTQ culture.
Serena began her career working with AOL, Cambio, The Huffington Post, and #BUILTBYGIRLS on social video strategy, audience development and brand growth. During this time, Serena publicly documented her gender transition online as she underwent various gender-affirming surgeries, and emerged as a leading online voice for the trans community.
Serena is now a Correspondent at Mic, a media company for change-makers. Here, she reports and produces video content about gender issues — from the Jacksonville homicides, to non-consensual surgeries performed on intersex kids, to the injectable estrogen shortage and its impact on trans femmes. She has also launched a weekly advice column, Transplaining, that sheds light on the issues that are most pressing to the trans community.
Additionally, Serena is a dedicated transgender activist who has worked closely with GLSEN, GLAAD, and the Transgender Law Center.