Equality Arizona

Brianna Westbrook – Out Voters AZ Engagement Director

Brianna Westbrook was born in Mesa, Arizona into a family that struggled with addiction and poverty. She is currently vice chair of the Arizona Democratic Party and is a small business owner, transgender rights advocate, and a visible community leader and organizer. In the summer of 2012, Brianna came out as transgender to her loved ones and began documenting her transition on YouTube to inspire others to live their most authentic lives. Westbrook first stepped into politics in 2013 as a concerned citizen when she spoke to the Phoenix City Council in support of expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to protect on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and disability in cases of housing, the workplace, and public accommodations. In 2017 she became Arizona’s first transgender candidate for U.S. House of Representatives when she announced her candidacy for Arizona’s 8th District against former Republican Congressman Trent Franks. Brianna is also Political Director of Equality Arizona and former co-chair of Our Revolution’s Arizona chapter. She has worked with The Working Families Party, Puente, Lucha, Indivisible, Black Lives Matter, NARAL Arizona, AZ Resist, PDA Arizona, and most recently the Women’s March Phoenix on various marches, community actions, and get out the vote campaigns. On October 4th, 2018, Westbrook along with three other women were arrested at US Senator Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office after refusing to leave Flake’s office until he said no to Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing to the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been a special guest on The Young Turks Network, Politics Unplugged, and Sunday Square-off. Her editorials have been published in the Arizona Republic and on ACLU of Arizona’s website. Her prior candidacy recently received a worthy mention in Senator Bernie Sanders latest book “Where We Go from Here.”