Meet Elkins Park Cast Member Jennifer Angelina Petro


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. (where are you from, family, hobbies)

I am a fifty-year old transgender woman from Detroit, Michigan, although I have lived in the Philly area for almost thirty years. I am an LGBTQIA activist, poet, musician, and mother of three sons.  I am an avid reader of all things esoteric and P.G. Wodehouse. I love taking pictures of flowers and trees, and thrift shopping.

2. How has mental illness affected your life?

I have bipolar disorder, PTSD, Clinical Depression, Anxiety disorder, and OCD.  I am a survivor of incest, sexual abuse, and rape.

3. Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?

I strive to destigmatize mental illness and to educate people about what it is to be transgender.  I also want to help bring hope to those who suffer with mental illness and to their loved ones.

4. What inspired you to get or stay mentally healthy?

My three children, and all of my former students.

5. What do you hope the audience takes away from this show?

I hope the audience takes away that, while mental illness is deadly serious, laughter can still happen; that there is hope in community; that the world is better with them; and also, that being trans is NOT a mental illness—it’s just a gender.

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