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Trans Lives Matter

Transgender Women are human beings who
deserve to co-exist in this world!

Our Mission

The Muhlaysia Booker Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to providing housing, advocacy, emotional support, counseling, employment resources, and training to transgender women. We strive to inspire, nurture, and provide a safe haven to this community by addressing acts of violence, homelessness, sex work, and suicide.

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Muhlaysia Booker

About Us

The Muhlaysia Booker Foundation's overall mission is to empower transgender women be able to live a safe, long, productive, healthy, and happy life by assisting them with emotional and economic support. Muhlaysia's passion for her community and herself was that society, friends, and family would respect and love them for whom they choose to be.


Our organization will keep her legacy alive by advocating against the  discrimination and injustices that transgender women face daily.

In 2018, with at least

26 deaths of transgender people in the U.S. due to fatal violence, the majority were

Black transgender women.


3 in 4

transgender and gender-expansive youth hear their family make negative remarks about LGBTQ people.


of homeless youth

are LGBTQ.


30 states, LGBTQ people are at risk of being fired, refused housing or denied services simply because of who they are.


of transgender youth do not always feel safe in the classroom.

The unemployment rate among transgender people is


higher than that of the general population.


of Transgender people report facing some form
of mistreatment from law enforcement


police interaction.

52% of transgender people who stayed at a shelter were verbally harassed,
physically attacked, and/or sexually

4 out of 10

transgender adults
report having
attempted suicide


and violence:



Transgender murders reported in less than 10 years in dozens
of countries.


of transgender people
are known to have

been sexually

1 in 3 transgender people report
living in poverty

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Statistics - Did you know?

These Lives Mattered!

Transgender Women: 

Lives lost thus far in U.S. in 2019

Dana Martin 31

Jazzaline Ware

Ashanti Carmon 27

Claire Legato 21

Muhlaysia Booker 22

Michelle Washington 40

Paris Cameron 20

Cynal Lindsey 26

Chanel Scurlock 32

Zoe Spears 23

Brooklyn Lindsey 29

Denali Stuckey 29

Kiki Fantroy 21

Pebbles LaDime 24

Tracy Single 22

Bailey Reeves 17

Bee Love Slater 23

Itali Marlowe 29

Brianna "BB" Hill 30

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Muhlaysia (Lay) Booker

January 14, 1997 – May 18, 2019

Muhlaysia Booker was a fierce, stunning 22 year old trans woman who lived her truth no matter what the consequences.  She was full of life and enjoyed making others laugh via her Story Time platform on social media.

On April 12 2019 she was involved in a minor car accident where a group of men robbed, attacked and held her against her will, demanding that she pays for the damages immediately.  A crowd of bystanders started yelling homophobic slurs and a group of men beat her and kicked her until she lost consciousness.  After a while, a group of ladies intervened and carried Muhlaysia to safety.

One month later she was found shot to death, lying face down in the street.

A kind heart, a vivacious sense of humor and unmarked loyalty were attributes that the world was robbed of when Muhlaysia was senselessly murdered on 18 May, 2019.  This tragic loss is the catalyst for which this foundation was created.

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Still I Rise

- by Maya Angelou -

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.


Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.


Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I'll rise.


Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?


Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don't you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.


You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I've got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?


Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.


Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

Maya Angelou, "Still I Rise" from And Still I Rise:

A Book of Poems. 

Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994)

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Requesting Your Support

Assist us to provide crucial support to the Transgender Community

Home: Programs

Support Groups & Therapy Sessions

Professional and loving guidance and support

HIV Prevention

Resources on HIV prevention

Health & Wellness Programs

Guidance towards a better, healthier lifestyle

Substance Abuse Programs

Recovery and rehabilitation guidance

Our Programs

Breaking Barriers, Opening Doors

The Closet of Success

The "TransOver" - A make-over for successful job interview grooming.


Suicide & Bullying - Prevention and Resources

Muhlaysia's Safe Haven

A place of safety for the Transgender Community

Transparency Trans-Parenting

Educating Parents & Family Members of Transgender Individuals

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Our Board & Team

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Stephanie Houston

Executive Director | CEO

Stephanie is the Founder of the Muhlaysia Booker Foundation and she will be responsible for the daily operations. 

There's no elevator to success.

You'll have to take the stairs.


Ahmad Goree


Ahmad is passionate about community service and has helped many people address some of the most critical adversities.  He graduated from Jarvis Christian College with a degree in History and and has a Masters in Political Science. 


Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Channel Carpenter

Channel will be responsible for a book of minutes of all meetings of the board.


The Secretary shall have charge of all records and the corporate seal of the corporation and have such other powers and perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the board of these Bylaws.


Board Member

Lakeitha Lemons

Lakeitha has been a great inspiration and motivator to Muhlaysia when she was alive. 

She is a Staff Nurse at Home Dialysis Company and she is very passionate about improving the quality of life for dialysis patients, serving the community for 20+ years.

Lakeitha has a keen interest in the Management of Hypertension Diabetes and AIDS.

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Board Member

Kirk Myers

Kirk has been working with the LGBTQ community for over 15 years, also serving as an advisor to numerous government agencies and organizations.

He is the CEO | Founder of Abounding  Prosperity, a 501(c)3 community based organization that provide services that address health, social and economic disparities among Black Americans with a particular emphasis on gay & bisexual men, cisgender women, transgender women, and their families.

Kirk also has specific expertise in HIV prevention and education.


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