Daroneshia Duncan – TAKE, Birmingham, AL

Ms. Duncan is an advocate for transgender women in Greater Birmingham. As a trans woman of color, she is all too familiar with the challenges the ladies face in the community. She founded the TAKE (Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering) Peer Group on April 27, 2013 in partnership with AIDS Alabama to create a safe-space for transgender individuals. She also works as a treatment prevention specialist at the Living Well Outpatient Center. Ms. Duncan has experienced many highs and lows in life. She did survival sex work for over a year and during that time abused a number of substances to numb the pain of isolation that she faced. Ms. Duncan has overcome a number of obstacles and owns the Platinum International Icon Pageantry System, which is a pageantry system based in Birmingham, AL. She is committed to increasing her knowledge and building new opportunities to help transgender women and those who are often excluded and overlooked by society. Ms. Duncan is very active in reaching out to women who are not often reached through the usual service system and, as a trans woman of color, is passionate about making health services accessible to all.

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