Janson Wu

Executive Director, GLAD

Janson Wu has served as GLAD’s executive director since December 2014, following nine years as a staff attorney. During his time at GLAD, Janson has been deeply involved in the breadth of GLAD’s work, including transgender rights, the rights of LGBT elders, marriage and family law, and employment discrimination. Most recently, he was part of the leadership team of the Yes on 3 coalition effort to protect Massachusetts’ transgender public accommodation nondiscrimination law from repeal.


Discussion Content

“Our cynicism will not build a movement. Collaboration Will.”

Brief Intro:

Some of the most important conversations we have within our organizations and movements are on race and racism. Often times, they are also the hardest. I chose an essay by Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, which suggests one path for how we can hold each other accountable to values of anti-racism. As Garza points out in this piece, anger, particularly among those who have most born the brunt of oppression and inequity, is justified. At the same time, for those of us who can, finding ways through cynicism is an important strategy to advance anti-racism work. Written from the specific perspective of a Black woman, Ms. Garza’s essay raises critical questions for all of us to grapple with, as we work together to create an anti-racist society, and reflect the change we want to create.

Janson’s Discussion Questions (PDF for Print)

  1. How do we collaborate across difference on anti-racism work, while also holding each other accountable within that collaboration?
  2. What is one example where you have received feedback intended to hold you accountable to anti-racism values? How did that feel, and what did you learn?
  3. What is one example where you gave feedback with the intention of holding someone accountable to anti-racism values? How did that feel, and what did you learn?
  4. What is the antidote to cynicism in anti-racism work?