Jackson Bird

YouTube Creator, Writer
& Speaker
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ABOUT

Jackson Bird is a Youtuber and writer, working to demystify the transgender experience by sharing his and others' stories online. You can hear some of those stories on his YouTube channel jackisnotabird, on his podcast Transmission, and in his debut book Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place

 

A TED Resident and Speaker, Jackson's TED Talk "How to talk (and listen) to transgender people" has been viewed over 1.5 million times. He was a 2018 GLAAD Rising Star Digital Innovator, a YouTube NextUp Creator, and a LogoTV Social Trailblazer nominee. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vulture, The Advocate, and more.

 

A proud member of FRESH Speakers, Jackson has shared his story and hosted workshops at conferences spanning from TED Women to San Diego Comic-Con as well as at private events including at Oxfam, YouTube, and MIT.

 

He is also known for his past work with the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), a nonprofit that activates online fan communities towards social action. As the HPA's Director of Wizard-Muggle Relations, Jackson produced videos as The Boy Who Vlogged, co-wrote an award-winning case study of the organization, and helped earn them a place as one of "9 Non-Profits That Get Web Humor" from Mashable.

Jackson is a Civic Media Senior Fellow​ at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California and the host of the daily podcast the Kottke Ride Home.

 

Raised in Texas, he now lives in New York City, where he spends his spare time hosting pub quizzes and growing pumpkins on his patio. 

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MY VIDEOS

On my YouTube channel, jackisnotabird, I answer life's stickiest questions.

Whether I'm unpacking the social constructs of gender, interviewing a fellow transgender person about their experiences, or finding out if tacos waffle, my videos will open your

mind to new discoveries and hopefully a few laughs.

 

Subscribe at youtube.com/jackisnotabird.

What It's Like Releasing a Book
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What It's Like Releasing a Book

Get my book, SORTED! http://bit.ly/SortedBook Come see me and Alex Myers in Boston https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/events/2019-12/alex-myers-and-jackson-bird/ Go to the Yule Ball https://www.harryandthepotters.com/shows Listen to the episode of A Story Most Queer I was on http://astorymostqueer.mischiefmedia.com/ Learn more about GLSEN https://www.glsen.org/ Subscribe to Tyler https://www.youtube.com/tyleroakley ___ More videos I think you'll like: → 5 Things Trans People Want You To Know https://youtu.be/pDYiesH5JYg → Reading My Childhood Journals https://youtu.be/9IrYSgMi0V8 → What I'm Reading For Pride 🌈 Trans History Book Recs https://youtu.be/YBGJIAIZbig ___ ✌️Subscribe → http://bit.ly/subtojackisnotabird and hit that 🔔 for notifications! 🔴 My TED Talk, "How to talk (and listen) to transgender people" → http://go.ted.com/jacksonbird 🎧 My Podcast, Transmission → http://transmissionpod.com 📙My Book, Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place → http://bit.ly/SortedBook ___ N O T Y O U T U B E twitter → http://twitter.com/jackisnotabird instagram → http://instagram.com/jackisnotabird facebook → http://facebook.com/jackisnotabird S T I L L N O T Y O U T U B E 🙌 Become a Patron → http://patreon.com/jacksonbird ✨ Get some merch → http://dftba.com/jacksonbird 📚 See my book recs → http://goodreads.com/jackisnotabird 🎤 Book me to speak → http://freshspeakers.com/speakers/jackson-bird V I N T A G E M A I L 📬 (that thing where you can send me physical items) Jackson Bird PO Box 3003 Astoria, NY 11103 A B O U T M E 👋 I'm Jackson Bird and I make (hopefully) funny, (sometimes) educational videos for LGBTQ+ nerds like me – and the people in our lives that want to understand us better. Here on JACKISNOTABIRD, you can find new videos every Wednesday afternoon sharing my experiences as a bisexual trans guy, answering questions about LGBTQ+ issues, and sometimes showing what happens when you put weird stuff on a waffle iron. Beyond this channel, I'm a public speaker, podcaster, writer, and pub quiz host. You can learn more about my work at http://jacksonbird.cool If you want to hire me to speak at your school, event, or business, you can email my speaking bureau at laura@freshspeakers.com Please send other business inquiries to bizinquiries@fullscreen.com P L A Y L I S T S → Transitioning 101 / FTM https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1g3MXAZto6KRN9NFqdHjDYUxxGh8tGD6 → Booktube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1g3MXAZto6J9ICZ5rsd6I937fY578_S7 → My Transition https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1g3MXAZto6KVOT6MiBkIVcVASx0bO-io → Will It Waffle? https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1g3MXAZto6KukrudNbw4ifK4LR5wr_KN ___ 😍 This video brought to you in part by the following Patrons: Adam Koski Alex Papadopoulos Alison Gupta Anna Nichols Blop Canadian lover of HP Chloe Marie Weston Chris Frank David Beasley Jake Kennedy Joce Swanson Mel Dufrene Laura González Michael Morgan Nik Hansen Rae Mreen Ryan Winter Samivaya JD Will Shughart Want to see your name here? http://patreon.com/jacksonbird ___ 🤟 [CC] Contribute non-English captions to any of my videos: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?tab=2&c=UCX4auhvsqthZe5Ncdf0xXLA YouTube's tips on captioning https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623?hl=en Looking to caption your own videos? I recommend using Rev.Com! https://www.rev.com/blog/coupon/?ref=jacksonbird
Don’t Read These In the Dark: My Top 25 Halloween Book Recs
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Don’t Read These In the Dark: My Top 25 Halloween Book Recs

Pre-order my book! http://bit.ly/SortedBook The Halloween-ish books I recommend: (If you use the links below to buy any of these books, I’ll get a little kickback) The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury https://amzn.to/31NpTH3 Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie https://amzn.to/2BIaGN7 The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson https://amzn.to/31L4CxY The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving https://amzn.to/3639Uby Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman https://amzn.to/2PebXTU The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez https://amzn.to/2W80EOK Fledgling by Octavia Butler https://amzn.to/2JiDeRi The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag https://amzn.to/2BHPDKq Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell https://amzn.to/2pdhShr The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum (illustrated by Skottie Young) https://amzn.to/2oh65hR My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris https://amzn.to/2JjZ9aW The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White https://amzn.to/2Wam5yF Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve https://amzn.to/32KY57I The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe https://amzn.to/2PcLtlX A Season with the Witch by J.W. Ocker https://amzn.to/2BHq0tm Halloween: The History of America’s Darkest Holiday by David J. Skal https://amzn.to/2N5IN6U Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton https://amzn.to/2pdivYl Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon by Cindy Ott https://amzn.to/2p9IKik The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater https://amzn.to/32Iaeu5 The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike https://amzn.to/2qK0stp The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde https://amzn.to/2WaegsI Malleus Maleficarum by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger https://amzn.to/2p26y82 Good Omens by Neil Gaiman https://amzn.to/363JZQV Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky https://amzn.to/364RUxt The Institute by Stephen King https://amzn.to/2Wa1HxH The Testaments by Margaret Atwood https://amzn.to/363K6Ml ___ In this Halloween special, I put on my BookTuber hat and share some book recommendations for the fall/spooky season. ___ ✌️Subscribe → http://bit.ly/subtojackisnotabird and hit that 🔔 for notifications! 🔴 My TED Talk, "How to talk (and listen) to transgender people" → http://go.ted.com/jacksonbird 🎧 My Podcast, Transmission → http://transmissionpod.com 📙My Book, Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place → http://bit.ly/SortedBook ___ N O T Y O U T U B E twitter → http://twitter.com/jackisnotabird instagram → http://instagram.com/jackisnotabird facebook → http://facebook.com/jackisnotabird S T I L L N O T Y O U T U B E 🙌 Become a Patron → http://patreon.com/jacksonbird ✨ Get some merch → http://dftba.com/jacksonbird 📚 See my book recs → http://goodreads.com/jackisnotabird 🎤 Book me to speak → http://freshspeakers.com/speakers/jackson-bird V I N T A G E M A I L 📬 (that thing where you can send me physical items) Jackson Bird PO Box 3003 Astoria, NY 11103 A B O U T M E 👋 I'm Jackson Bird and I make (hopefully) funny, (sometimes) educational videos for LGBTQ+ nerds like me – and the people in our lives that want to understand us better. Here on JACKISNOTABIRD, you can find new videos every Wednesday afternoon sharing my experiences as a bisexual trans guy, answering questions about LGBTQ+ issues, and sometimes showing what happens when you put weird stuff on a waffle iron. Beyond this channel, I'm a public speaker, podcaster, writer, and pub quiz host. You can learn more about my work at http://jacksonbird.cool If you want to hire me to speak at your school, event, or business, you can email my speaking bureau at laura@freshspeakers.com Please send other business inquiries to bizinquiries@fullscreen.com P L A Y L I S T S → Transitioning 101 / FTM https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1g3MXAZto6KRN9NFqdHjDYUxxGh8tGD6 → Booktube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1g3MXAZto6J9ICZ5rsd6I937fY578_S7 → My Transition https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1g3MXAZto6KVOT6MiBkIVcVASx0bO-io → Will It Waffle? https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1g3MXAZto6KukrudNbw4ifK4LR5wr_KN ___ 😍 This video brought to you in part by the following Patrons: Adam Koski Alex Papadopoulos Alison Gupta Anna Nichols Blop Brianna Forsyth Canadian lover of HP Chloe Marie Weston Chris Frank David Beasley Joce Swanson Laura González Mel Dufrene Michael Morgan Rae Mreen Ryan Winter Samivaya JD Will Shughart Want to see your name here? http://patreon.com/jacksonbird ___ 🤟 [CC] Contribute non-English captions to any of my videos: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?tab=2&c=UCX4auhvsqthZe5Ncdf0xXLA YouTube's tips on captioning https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623?hl=en Looking to caption your own videos? I recommend using Rev.Com! https://www.rev.com/blog/coupon/?ref=jacksonbird
What I'm Reading For Pride 🌈 Trans History Book Recs
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What I'm Reading For Pride 🌈 Trans History Book Recs

In celebration of Pride Month, I'm sharing some of my favorite trans/gnc/nb books I've been reading lately–mostly focusing on our history. Pre-order my book! http://bit.ly/SortedBook BOOKS DISCUSSED: 2:15 Transgender History by Susan Stryker Buy https://amzn.to/31vJtci 2:42 Transgender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg Buy https://amzn.to/31uJBZe 3:26 Re-Dressing America's Frontier Past by Peter Boag Buy https://amzn.to/2WG27zh 4:32 True Sex by Emily Skidmore Buy https://amzn.to/2XCkh1m 5:46 Arresting Dress by Clare Sears Buy https://amzn.to/2WzgIYl 6:54 Black On Both Sides by C. Riley Snorton Buy https://amzn.to/2ID6cdF 7:33 The First Man-Made Man by Pagan Kennedy Buy https://amzn.to/2WGAg1W 8:40 A Personal Autobiography by Christine Jorgensen Buy https://amzn.to/2IAOveJ 9:13 Lou Sullivan: Daring to be a Man Among Men by Brice D. Smith Buy https://amzn.to/2MIhcf6 10:12 Becoming A Visible Man by Jamison Green Buy https://amzn.to/2WD6nzr 11:16 A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein Buy https://amzn.to/2X60wlO 12:02 To My Trans Sisters ed. Charlie Craggs Buy https://amzn.to/2Wz9rb8 12:57 Sexual Metamorphosis ed. Jonathan Ames Buy https://amzn.to/2F5xIzA 14:05 Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders Buy https://amzn.to/2WvBdFf 14:30 The Stonewall Reader by the New York Public Library Buy https://amzn.to/2IAMm2Q There is a new book of Lou Sullivan's diaries coming out in September that I can't wait to read! https://amzn.to/2IAL8og FYI if you use one of the above links to buy a book, I'll get a little kickback 🤑 Also check out Screaming Queens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WASW9dRBU Major! https://www.amazon.com/Major-Miss-Griffin-Gracy/dp/B079H7TSVN/ref=sr_1_1?crid=FPXO5OK81VZT&keywords=major%21+documentary&qid=1560357457&s=gateway&sprefix=game+of+thron%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1 https://transgriot.blogspot.com/ https://www.digitaltransgenderarchive.net/ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/one-from-the-vaults/id1071270085 https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1780211-jackson-bird?shelf=trans-recs Want to go to the camp for men of trans experience I mentioned? Learn more at camplostboys.org ___ More videos I think you'll like: → Reacting to People's Reactions to You Starting HRT https://youtu.be/rabSaCWQF6g → Am I Really Trans? https://youtu.be/-teBenVDyOU → I WROTE A BOOK! 📕 https://youtu.be/VlmGKVa7hlc ___ ✌️Subscribe → http://bit.ly/subtojackisnotabird and hit that 🔔 for notifications! 🔴 My TED Talk, "How to talk (and listen) to transgender people" → http://go.ted.com/jacksonbird 🎧 My Podcast, Transmission → http://transmissionpod.com 📙My Book, Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place → http://bit.ly/SortedBook ___ N O T Y O U T U B E twitter → http://twitter.com/jackisnotabird instagram → http://instagram.com/jackisnotabird facebook → http://facebook.com/jackisnotabird S T I L L N O T Y O U T U B E 🙌 Become a Patron → http://patreon.com/jacksonbird ✨ Get some merch → http://dftba.com/jacksonbird 📚 See my book recs → http://goodreads.com/jackisnotabird 🎤 Book me to speak → http://freshspeakers.com/speakers/jackson-bird V I N T A G E M A I L 📬 (that thing where you can send me physical items) Jackson Bird PO Box 3003 Astoria, NY 11103 A B O U T M E 👋 I'm Jackson Bird and I make (hopefully) funny, (sometimes) educational videos for LGBTQ+ nerds like me – and the people in our lives that want to understand us better. Here on JACKISNOTABIRD, you can find new videos every Wednesday afternoon sharing my experiences as a bisexual trans guy, answering questions about LGBTQ+ issues, and sometimes showing what happens when you put weird stuff on a waffle iron. Beyond this channel, I'm a public speaker, podcaster, writer, and pub quiz host. You can learn more about my work at http://jacksonbird.cool If you want to hire me to speak at your school, event, or business, you can email my speaking bureau at laura@freshspeakers.com Please send other business inquiries to bizinquiries@fullscreen.com ___ 😍 This video brought to you in part by the following Patrons: Adam Koski Alex Papadopoulos Alison Gupta Anna Nichols Blop Brianna Forsyth Canadian lover of HP Chloe Marie Weston Chris Frank David Beasley Jake Kennedy Joce Swanson Laura González Michael Morgan Nik Hansen Rae Mreen Ryan Winter Samivaya JD Will Shughart Want to see your name here? http://patreon.com/jacksonbird ___ 🤟 [CC] Contribute non-English captions to any of my videos: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?tab=2&c=UCX4auhvsqthZe5Ncdf0xXLA YouTube's tips on captioning https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623?hl=en Looking to caption your own videos? I recommend using Rev.Com! https://www.rev.com/blog/coupon/?ref=jacksonbird
 
 

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CONTACT ME

Looking to book me to speak at your event, company, or school?

See this page and email laura@freshspeakers.com for rates and more information.

For writing-related inquiries, please contact my rep Kevin O'Connor at kevin@oconnor.nyc

Would you like to host a book event for Sorted? Email the team at Tiller Press: lauren.ollerhead@simonandschuster.com

 

Have another business inquiry or just want to say hello? Get in touch below!

You can also direct physical

items to my PO Box:

Jackson Bird

PO Box 3003

Astoria, NY

11103

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