Willy Wilkinson

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Willy Chang Wilkinson
Willy Wilkinson at San Francisco Trans March 2015.jpg
Willy Wilkinson speaking at San Francisco Trans March 2015
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
University of California, Berkeley
OccupationWriter, public health consultant, LGBTQ activist
WebsiteOfficial website

Willy Chang Wilkinson is an American writer, public health consultant, LGBTQ activist, and longterm LGBTQ cultural competency trainer from California.[1][2]

As an expert in transgender issues, he has worked extensively with health care organizations, educational institutions, businesses and other entities on increasing access for LGBTQ populations.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Wilkinson was born in San Mateo, California in the early 1960s. He was assigned female at birth and is the youngest of four children. His father is of Scottish, English, and Irish descent. His mother is Chinese from Hawaii.[1]

When Willy was nine years old, he changed his name to Willy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Women's Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned his Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Community Health Education from University of California, Berkeley.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]

Published work[edit]

  • Wilkinson, W. (2006). Public health gains of the transgender community in San Francisco: Grassroots organizing and community-based research. In P. Currah, R. Juang, & S. Minter (Eds.), Transgender rights (pp. 192–214), Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. [Lambda Literary Award Finalist][1]
  • Wilkinson, W. (2015). Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency. [1] Winner of the Lambda Literary Award in transgender non-fiction, the book highlights his intersectional experiences of race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and parenthood with reflections from the fields of cultural competency, public health, and political advocacy. Elucidates trans experience from a Chinese American and mixed heritage perspective, and uses the memoir genre as a cultural competency tool. [9]
  • Global perspective on transgender cultural competency in the inaugural edition of Transgender Studies Quarterly,
  • Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (2014) explores the intersections between mixed heritage and trans experience[10]
  • Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family and Themselves addresses racism, Asian female subjugation, and transgender expression, and was described as "highly evocative" by the Lambda Literary Review.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Wilkinson lives in Oakland, California with his three children.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Willy Wilkinson homepage". Willy Wilkinson Homepage. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Introducing Our Vanguard Awardee Willy Wilkinson – Father, Writer, and Public Health Consultant". Transgender Law Center. Transgender Law Center. June 15, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Willy Wilkinson and Kylar Broadus in Conversation: Measuring ourselves by our own yardstick". FeministWire.com. March 14, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "Center Institute of Integral Studies - Faculty Page". Center Institute of Integral Studies. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "APIQWTC". Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "WATCH: A Trans Dad on Telling His Kids About Gender". Advocate.com. June 14, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "QACON 15". qacon15.qacon.org. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Phoenix Award Honorees | Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community". apiqwtc.org. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Willy Wilkinson: Writer and Public Health Consultant". Willy Wilkinson: Writer and Public Health Consultant. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Willy Wilkinson: Writer and Public Health Consultant". Willy Wilkinson: Writer and Public Health Consultant. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "'Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves', edited by Zander Keig and Mitch Kellaway". Lambda Literary. Retrieved May 30, 2015.