Spread Love with Deja

For: Deja Baptiste
Seattle, WA
Organizer: Deja Baptiste
Spread Love with Deja (Deja Baptiste)
$305
of $1,200 goal.
Raised by 13 donors
25% Complete

The Story

Hello everyone! 

My name is Deja Baptiste. I am a Black trans woman, a first generation immigrant from Haiti, a healer and a community advocate. Since 2009, I have faced many battles personally and socially. I have lost my family, lost the place I called home, lost my job and had to rebuild friendships and work experience and professional relationships. All while navigating growing threats of violence and harassment as an out and proud trans woman of color in the United States. 

Trans women, and trans women of color especially, stand at the axis of several kinds of oppression and confusion that breed ignorance, contempt, and violence. We are denied housing, denied jobs and employment, denied by our families and our communities and pushed out of our homes.

I have been working to support myself and my community since I was 15 and while I have the credentials and experience, who I am and how I present continues to be a stumbling block to gainful, consistent employment. 

I have traveled all across this country and found pockets of support and the help I have needed to manage my health and my weight, better myself mentally and psychology through counseling and peer mentorship, and I am making myself available as a resource in my community whether or not I am getting paid for it. 

We cannot wait for our healing. We cannot wait for our hope. 

We are creating it ourselves and affirming it in each other. TO THAT END, I am collecting funds to continue to offer my services as a counselor, an advocate, a cook, and a healer to other people who are denied resources and access like me. 

I am continuing to strive for steady employment in a 9 to 5 sense and also making contributions through events such as the 2017 Philadephia Trans Health Conference in September completely free of charge.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 26, 2017

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Posted on August 26, 2017

Raising funds to present "Black Queer Magic" at the 16th Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Sep 7-9. My voice, and the voices of those who've entrusted me with their stories, and that of the communities I will be representing (Black, trans, Haitian, queer, disabled, neurodivergent, self-taught children, dropouts, fat, dark skinned) deserve to be heard in that space.
Black Queer Magic shares the history and resistance wrapped up in finding our identity as queer people, as members of the African diaspora, and writing ourselves into spirituality and faith practices. Magic as resistance, magic as liberation, and, most of all, magic as joy and community building. Magic as historical preservation and cultural renaissance. Magic as medicine for the soul and healing for the body.
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