History

Years of organizing and labor of our elders brought Baltimore to an awareness of the value of our transgender residents in 2014. Yet it was the loss of Mia Henderson and Kandy Hall that summer, which clarified that Baltimore needed a formation of transgender leaders that could call together the many trans led organizations of the city in coalition beyond the purview of larger LGBT community organizations. Under the leadership of Bryanna Jenkins, Monica Yorkman and Ken Jiretsu, Baltimore’s transgender communities united and formed The Baltimore Transgender Alliance. This family of organizations, activists, and community members is an autonomous transgender sanctuary that is a conduit for the power of our community members to energize the Movement for Trans Lives in our city.

Mission

Our mission is to Unify, Reclaim, and Empower the transgender communities of Baltimore City.

Unify

We must come together in unity... if we want to heal each other collectively. We must work to bridge the divides of ability, race, class, language, & identity such that we move into the future with comprehensive solidarity. Our diversity makes us powerful.

Reclaim

We must reclaim our stories... & overwhelm the mainstream with accounts of trans experience, beauty, & power. --writing, speaking, & shouting our own stories we can portray ourselves with the complexity we deserve as fully realized human beings. We must teach others to see, not just to see our gender, but also our humanity.

Empower

We must empower ourselves. We can build support networks & family for ourselves that allow for self maintaining community. We can help each other --we can help ourselves! We house, educate, & support one another as we give power to the new generation. Our movement is getting younger & more radical & still we are interfacing with power brokers in our city. We are becoming those power brokers. Our conscience in sharing that power with each other is lethal to the forces that make our lives more difficult.

Structure

We are a parallel platform of transgender leaders & LGBT community activists. We operate on consensus deliberately because we understand that we can’t replicate the systems of marginalization that we seek to oppose in our pursuit of self-empowerment We function, in part, as a project that can be used by all transgender people as an organizing tool to energize other projects; incubating anything that improves the lives of Baltimore's transgender population. Come talk with us about how we can work together to empower our community!

Our Team

Monica Stevens

Outreach Coordinator

Monica Stevens is a founding member of The Baltimore Transgender Alliance and director of Sistas of the T. She is a poet, musician, and public speaker from Baltimore, MD. She likes Star Trek a lot.

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Ava Pipitone

Executive Director

Ava Pipitone is the Executive Director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, a worker-owner at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse, and a Co-founder of HostHome Inc. She brings experiences in building horizontal systems demonstrated through Red Emma’s and applies them to the BTA to intervene in structures of marginalization. Functioning as a collective of transgender parents, business owners, artists, and activists, the BTA lifts up the voices of Baltimore’s transgender and gender non-conforming communities and continually centers the conversation on those most marginalized; black transwomen.

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Evan Lori Mahone

Media Specialist

Evan Lori Mahone is a programmer, visual artist, and activist. She is the Baltimore Transgender Alliance’s media specialist. She studied Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Psychology and graduated with a degree in Computer Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In her free time she crochets, holds potlucks, and makes art.

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Samy El-noury

Speaker

Samy is an actor, aerialist, pianist, puppeteer, and vocalist. In addition to performing, he also works as the General Manager of the Baltimore Annex Theater; as well as a teaching artist for the Smithsonian Discovery Theater and the Young Playwright’s Theater. Samy is a public speaker, and works with various organizations on peer support, youth mentorship, and outreach for LGBTQ-identified individuals.

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Jamie Grace Alexander

Writer/ Poet

Jamie Grace is BTA’s on staff writer. She started working with the organization when she was still 17, reading poems in the rain at rallies & vigils & protests; she is still reading & writing in protest today.

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Key'Ayshia Tucker

Event Coordinator

Newly certified medical technician, trans activist founder of TransBaltimore, Prep Peer navigator for REACH, and newest BTA speaker/activist event coordinator.

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Member Orgs

Black Transmen Inc.

Advocacy organization and support structure for people of trans masculine experience in the black community.

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Sistas of the "t"

Sistas of the “t” is an independent network made up of transgender women who believe that self-empowerment is the solution to many of our problems. They also believe that through developing sisterhoods and positive reinforcement, we can best help other achieve personal success.

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Trans Baltimore

Support group for Baltimore’s trans and gender non-conforming communities.

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Baltimore Trans Ladies' Picnic

The Baltimore Trans Ladies’ Picnic is a monthly potluck/picnic/get together for trans women (and transfeminine folks) in Baltimore.

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TransYnc Inc.

TransYnc Mission is to unify, and empower trans people of youth and young adult ages 11-26 years of age, to restore rebuild, and reform a community of people who have been left out of every social relm. this is a organization socially geared to the development of our Trans youth and young adults. with a break down between the two ages.11- 15 years of age, ages 16-20 years of age, and 21-26 years of age.

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Extended Family

Black Trans Advocacy, Maryland/ DC

National organization for the empowerment and advocacy of black trans and gender non-conforming folks.

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Hearts and Ears

A peer run drop-in center and advocacy organization dealing with the LGBT community and mental health.

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