Post-Election Rapid Response
Capacity building session to include understanding the state’s HIV Criminalization statute, current legislation proposed impacting Medicaid Expansion and SNAP program, mobilize individuals to participate in scheduled Lobby Days across the state, and partner with other local entities to facilitate a debriefing forum on best practices and next steps.
Black Magic Lab seeks to create a platform to uplift black femme artists – the definition of femme here being as inclusive as possible – women, trans* non-binary etc. Funding will go to stipends to the artists involved in the maintaining the project, creating a showcase of black femme artists, and starting a small studio space for the radio and for black femme producers and musicians.
This rally is a response to a national call-to-action to celebrate, affirm, and protect trans women of color. We want to engage the public in a conversation about ways to protect trans women of color, build movements that include the leadership of trans women of color, and expand our political platforms so that they reflect the intersecting issues that trans women of color face here in the South. We see this rally as the first step to creating a Charleston where trans women of color have the right to safety and opportunity right here at home, as our city has not seen an event like this before.
Emerge Adventures is a non-profit adventure and eco-camp established specifically for LGBTQ young adults, aged 18 to 25, who have endured physical or emotional distress due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our free, 6-day adventures and experiences are designed to allow campers to overcome both physical and personal challenges, regain self-confidence, and establish lasting connections with others while allowing each unique individual to develop a greater self-worth and appreciation for life.
Rapid response to harmful legislation being proposed within the Alabama Legislature, the U.S. Congress, or from the Trump Administration. Rolling out new website with a legislative action center, where members can send emails to decision makers and to build our donor network to become more sustainable and self-sustaining.
April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day. We are planning T-Gurlz Rock RVA which will be a night of Testing, Fashion and networking with community partners. It is the objective of the event to erase stigma related to testing within the transgender community as well as highlight the talent and resiliency of our community. All while providing direct interactions with community partners who have available services for LGBTQ individuals. Our work directly responds to the priorities of the Southern Equality Fund by providing resources to services that are free and directly related the transgender experience. Our work helps to combat issues with employment housing and advocacy for the transgender community.
Host a second educational conference and community conversation in 2017 to continue providing training to service providers and community members in the High Country. Part of OHC’s mission is to create a more inclusive and accepting region of NC in the High Country by providing opportunities for community conversation on how to better serve LGBTQ+ individuals in the High Country counties.