Rachel Dolezal believes it’s harder to be transracial than transgender.
Born to caucasian parents, Dolezal identifies as African American and is the author of new book, In Full Color: Finding My Place In A Black And White World.
She told Salon: ‘Caitlyn Jenner’s story came out almost simultaneously with mine in 2015, so there was kind of this comparison.’
‘What’s not similar is the stigma right now.
‘There was stigma in the past for sure, and that still perpetuates… but there’s more stigma for race fluidity than gender fluidity right now, and I don’t think anybody would deny that.’
‘There was a time when we did call transgender, and even gay and bisexual, people crazy.
‘[W]ith mental health issues and all these clinical terms — just stigmatized and rejected [them], she said.
But National Director of the Trans Women of Color Collective, Lourdes Ashley Hunter believes there is no comparison.
Hunter said: ‘Her blackness is a performance and our transness is our identity – it’s who we are.
‘And we’re quite often persecuted for living unapologetically in that truth.
Dolezal believes attitudes are changing and more people than ever are coming out to her as transracial.
Rachel Dolezal said: ‘Maybe we will evolve and grow, and racial fluidity will become a thing in 20 years.
‘I do hope that inclusivity does expand to all people of all stripes,’ she said.
Rachel Dolezal: ‘Race isn’t biological either’
In an interview with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis on Monday (27 March), Dolezal said: ‘Actually, race has been, to some extent, less biological than gender.
‘We’ve evolved into understanding that gender is not binary, it’s not even biological.
‘But what strikes me as so odd is that race isn’t biological either.
When asked to clarify if she identified as transracial, Dolezal replied: ‘I believe that the word transracial has become socially useful in describing racial fluidity and identity.’
Watch the full BBC Newsnight interview below: