February 7, 2018 at 8:17 pm PDT | by Peter Cruz
Queery: Jazzmun Crayton

Jazzmun Crayton (Photo by Jimmy Sianipar)

Jazzmun Crayton is an actress, model, advocate, and activist who since first becoming a health educator for the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT) in 2014, has also grown to become a powerful force within the trans community of Los Angeles.

At APAIT, she has worked on several impactful HIV programs and projects for the trans community.

Upon meeting Jazzmun, you immediately get the impression you are in the presence of someone special. You know instantly that she has the passion, dedication, resilience, and commitment to truly be of service to her LGBTQ siblings. And you know, too, that she sees the good in you.

In 2017, Jazzmun founded The Midnight Stroll, a monthly outreach event targeting homeless LGBTQ youth and trans sex workers in the Hollywood area. This project is a labor of love for Jazzmun as she walks Santa Monica Blvd. until 3am to give resources and hope to individuals who are most in need. Jazzmun’s leadership skills has resulted in the continued growth of this monthly event, as she manages a team of up to 40 outreach workers per month.

Jazzmun never hesitates to speak up on behalf of her community.

Whether its in meetings with colleagues, community partners, law enforcement, and even the Mayor of Los Angeles, Jazzmun is there with confidence, integrity, and love.

It is this kind of dedication that makes Jazzmun Crayton a true icon in the LGBTQ community of Los Angeles.

How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I’ve been out for 30 years plus and the hardest person to tell was my mother.

Who’s your LGBT hero?
The cast and crew of my play “Lovely Bouquet of Flowers” and my Documentary “In Full Bloom: Transcending Gender.” I’m eternally grateful and I like to say Thank U. every chance I get to.

What’s Los Angeles’ best nightspot, past or present?
Peanuts. I used to be a dancer there. And current? Julio and Marty feature me in North Hollywood at Club Cobra, so…

Describe your dream wedding.
Me and the love of my life at the edge of a cliff with the expansiveness of the beach in the background.

What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
Homelessness.

What historical outcome would you change?
Colonization.

What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
MUSIC VIDEOS!

On what do you insist?
I insist on Good Customer Service.

What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
A writing I did on radical forgiveness.

If your life were a book, what would the title be?
The Memoirs of QJ5 a.k.a. Licentious Candy Delicious. Yum, yum, yum eat it up. Cream filled.

If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I would remain the same; I love my sex.

What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
The Holy Spirit.

What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
To practice seeing the innocence in everyone.

What would you walk across hot coals for?
I would walk across hot coals for love.

What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
There’s so many stereotypes that are offensive but at the same time they are someone’s personal truth. Not everyone going to like or appreciate you, but regardless what anyone says remember you are pure Magic! We are Perfect, Whole and Complete.

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
PUNKS, The movie

What’s the most overrated social custom?
Hmmm. Traditional gender roles.

What trophy or prize do you most covet?
I was in 2017 honored with the Masha P. Johnson Trailblazer Award by St. John’s Wellness Center. I’ve gotten the Team Player Award twice, once in 2014 and 2017 from the APAIT team. And in 2018 I won the Community Icon Award, given to me by Children’s Hospital, for which I was very honored. Thank you!

What do you wish you’d known at 18?
I wish I’d known at 18 that I didn’t know everything, cause I thought I knew everything at 18.

Why Los Angeles?
I chose Los Angeles. I still live here in Los Angeles because Los Angeles has been the place where a lot of my dreams have come true. Hooray for Hollywood!

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