Black Trans Advocacy to Hold National Conference in Dallas

The leadership of Dallas-based Black Trans Advocacy. (Courtesy photo)

Black Trans Advocacy, an organization that focuses on the inequities faced by black transgender people, is holding its sixth annual conference in Dallas, Texas from April 24 to 30.

Founded by Carter and Espy Brown, Black Trans Advocacy is the only national organization for black transgender men and women. The agency is headquartered in Dallas.

According to their website, “The Black Trans Advocacy program provides referral services, case management and direct services within ten components served through our national advocacy network and state chapter coalitions: Community Outreach, Human Services, Education & Training, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, Community Outreach, Legal & Public Policy and Faith & Healing.”

While most trans people experience discrimination, the National Transgender Discrimination Survey found the combination of anti-trans bias and persistent racism was most devastating for black transgender people and other trans people of color.

According to the survey, when compared to the larger trans community, more black trans people are unemployed and live in poverty, are more prone to be HIV-positive, have more incidence of suicide, and experience more harassment in schools.

Black Trans Advocacy offers its programs free to local communities with services provided by volunteers. Financing for the organization is provided through Black Transmen Inc., a 501c3 non-profit.

The group’s annual conference will include workshops, summits, a family day, the Black Trans International Pageant, an awards banquet and the Black Diamond Ball.

Sixth Annual Black Trans Advocacy Conference, April 24- April 30, 2017 at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum. Information and reservations available at this link.

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