We sat down with Stevie Jae Davis, an actor and content creator living in Brooklyn. Stevie is a fan of TomboyX, and we think it’s safe to say that TomboyX is a fan of Stevie- especially after this interview. They are brilliant, charming, and committed to making the world a better place with their art and content.
TOMBOYX: What are you most passionate about?
STEVIE JAE DAVIS: Queerness and transness being represented properly, which means being represented by queer and trans people. There’s so much media in the world right now that’s just not representing anyone properly.
I wrote a play during quarantine (because what else was I going to do?) about lesbian Girl Scouts. It feels a little like But I’m A Cheerleader, but not, and it feels a little like The Parent Trap, but not. There’s so much media constantly being produced, but nothing like this exists.
TBX: Holy crap.
SJD: Yeah. There’s a scene where they have to streak through camp and kiss everybody’s windows, and then they go to the campfire and sing “Come To My Window.” People need to see this- it’s fun and gay and there’s no fun gay stuff that exists that isn’t, like, ripping our heart out. There’s always this undertone of fear, and there doesn’t have to be.
TBX: What made you decide to be more public about your life via social media?
SJD: It kind of fell into my lap. An ex of mine did a fundraiser for their top surgery, and I was inspired by their tenacity. Then I was like, I’m ready to have top surgery, I’m gonna fundraise, and then Instagram followers started showing up. Once I finished mine, I used it as a way to fundraise for other people.
TBX: How has the way you use social media changed since then?
SJD: Last Year Me was so annoying. I was so preachy. I’d be on TikTok like, “YOU HAVE TO RESPECT PEOPLES’ PRONOUNS!” which of course you do, and that’s still my stance, but I can’t just put my feelings and my well-being to the side to be aggressively educating people. I’ve gone through such a huge overhaul of my entity over the year of being in quarantine and now I’m just more free. If I just live and be who I am, and be present for people to see, that’s so much more what I can stand. I get messages all the time from people being like, “you being visible with your top surgery scars makes me feel excited and inspired.”
TBX: How did your relationship with clothing change after top surgery?
SJD: Something I wanted going into top surgery was the confidence to be femme again. Now that I’ve had surgery, if I’m out in a dress, you have no idea what I am. You think I’m a girl, but that’s just your assumption. I also wear so many tank tops now. A nice tank top with boxers peeking out is my jam.
TBX: What’s your favorite thing in your wardrobe?
SJD: I’ve been really into berets recently. I love a harness. I love a bandana.
TBX: What does your perfect world look like?
SJD: Therapy for everybody.
I want everyone to have to question their relationship with heteronormativity, cisnormativity, and monogamy. You need to know.
Health care. Trans health care is hard to come by.
Everyone should be required to watch Disclosure on Netflix. Like, you don’t get to pick a show today; if you haven’t seen Disclosure, you have to watch that first.
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You can see Stevie in the music video for “Strange Power”
from the musical MAXA, The Maddest Woman in the World, written by Mika Kauffman. They’re on Instagram and TikTok @StevieGayParade_ .