Trans Lives Matter
Transgender Women are human beings who
deserve to co-exist in this world!
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.
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.
Statistics - Did you know?
These Lives Mattered!
Lives lost thus far in U.S. in 2019
Dana Martin 31
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
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.
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
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
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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Assist us to provide crucial support to the Transgender Community
Breaking Barriers, Opening Doors
Our Board & Team
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 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.
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.
Erica shall serve as the Chair of the Finance committee as well as keep and maintain adequate and correct books, records and business transactions of the corporation.
Erica has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of North Texas and a Masters of Science in Counseling from SMU.
She is currently pursuing a PhD in Human and Social Services with an emphasis on Family intervention and Family Strategies.
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.
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.