Black Trans Nation advocates and organizes to shape New York State and City policy to improve the lives of black trans people who perform sexual labor by choice, circumstance, or coercion, people profiled as such, and communities impacted by the criminalization of sex work and sexual exchange.
Born in a Christian family outside of Atlanta, Georgia, TS Candii fuses her lived experiences to collaborate and contribute to the social justice movement for Black and Brown Trans Civil Rights. She is driven by initiatives disrupting the marginalization of communities of color. As a former sex worker, TS Candii uses her first hand experience with racial and transgender profiling, employment and housing discrimination to expose the roots of transphobia and white supremacy. She has become a leader the movement to ban the policing practice of arresting trans women for soliciting prostitution, also know as “Walking While Trans”
In her early 20’s TS Candii moved to New York City looking for a supportive community and more resources for trans people. But again she faced housing and employment discrimination spending three years in the shelter system where she suffered anti-transgender and sex worker discrimination. While living in a shelter she was introduced to the movement to decriminalize sex work and immediately became an activist. During this journey she learned how to work with lawmakers and has become a powerful political voice and educator.
In 2020 TS Candii founded Black Trans Nation 501c(3) (BTN), Black Trans Nation NY 501c(4) (BTNNY), & Black Trans News LLC a national organization, committed to uplifting the living experience of black and brown trans people and GNCP.
On February 2, 2021 TS Candii was one of the leading organizers, along with many other, who defected the current stop policing practice of Walking While Trans.
This money will go towards securing a building in Brooklyn. It will also go directly to black trans people who need support. When someone in the community looses housing, experiences assault or needs financial help, BTN is there.