25 for 25 is an original content series by Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE to mark the historic milestone of Beijing +25 in March, as well as Women’s History Month. The series will highlight activists, CHIME Advisory Board members, partners and supporters who represent the progress made on gender equality over the past 25 years, as well as the emerging next generation continuing this critical work.

Continuing in the series, CHIME is proud to feature Advisory Board member and Creative Director of TEAM MagSage Dolan-Sandrino. As a transgender youth artist and activist, Sage continues to lead the charge towards amplifying youth voices and working to advance global gender equality. Discover her vision for gender equality in the next 25 years below.

What are your hopes and expectations for gender equality in the next 25 years? 

I expect we reach the understanding of gender as a spectrum and that there will be a real freedom to depart from the gender identity assigned at birth. This diversity must be reflected in our culture and also in our laws and education systems, our curriculum. No matter your pronouns, no matter your self -identifying labels, we must all be equal, our freedoms protected by the law. I expect the number of legal pronouns to grow. I hope for a world where we are safe and free to be ourselves!

What keeps you energized and committed as a leader for gender equality?

My community and my art. I am a leader in this fight not for myself but because of my will to make the lives of my queer, trans, femme, QTIPOC community members better and safer. My art allows me a medium to both dialogue with and uplift members of my community by allowing them to tell their stories.  And I wake up every day to do just that.  

What advice would you give younger generations on how to advocate / work for gender equality as they get older? 

We are stronger together. For too long we have allowed human rights issues to become partisan issues. But human rights should free individuals from deep moral injustices that know no partisan sides. It is our responsibility as people to fight injustice everywhere; that is the only way we can all be free.