Angelica Ross is the founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, an incubator for LGBTQ talent with a focus on economically empowering transgender people. She is also a singer, actor and advocate for transgender rights—known for playing Candy Abundance on FX’s Pose.
“Most trans people are either violently removed or not welcome in many educational and work spaces,” she told the Chicago Tribune. “It gives people a place where there’s no question that they belong and are valuable.”
Angelica launched TransTech in 2014 to support transgender people in the workplace. TransTech is a training academy and creative design firm that contracts transgender workers, among others, and it’s a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization.
TransTech members have access to online community and trainings, many of which focus on technological skills, as well as co-working and meet-up locations.
“At TransTech, we’ve created a space for trans people to come together, work together, laugh together, go to lunch together,” she stated, as quoted on the TransTech website. “There’s strength in numbers. They’re building networks, and down the line they’ll think of each other when it comes to jobs.”
In 2015, Angelica was a guest speaker at the White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Summit.
Her career in entertainment started in 2016, with a role in the Her Story web series, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama. She plays Candy Abundance in the FX series Pose.
In 2019, she participated in the 50th Anniversary Stonewall celebration as a celebrity ambassador.Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, film, LGBTQ+, music, STEM, TV, Women in Tech