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Selma, AL 36701

theblacksheep@tkosociety.com

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Registered Charity Number: 45-2603909

TKO Society Inc. is a 501(C)3 tax exempt organization. Donors can deduct contributions to TKO Society Inc. under IRC Section 170

TKO is a Black, trans, and Queer led non-profit providing essential support services for Transgender and LGBTQ people living in Alabama. 

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Suggested Donation: $20

 

About the Campaign: 

Many transgender people face stigma, discrimination, social rejection, and exclusion that prevent them from fully participating in society. Currently, 78,000 transgender people across eight states with strict voter id laws report not having any ID to match their current gender. Identification is necessary when accessing health care, education, employment, housing, and when interacting with police officers or other government officials. These factors affect the health and well-being of transgender people, placing them at increased risk for HIV, mental illness, and violence. Due to the discrimination our community faces, trans people cannot rely on the police to protect us. We cannot rely on media to report our stories. We cannot rely on churches to nurture our spirits or our government to recognize our identities. As trans people of color living in America’s rural, religious South we have only each other to rely on. So, when stricter policy change is implemented, when major climate events occur or when random acts of violence occur we need to look out for each other. TKO believes that we must prioritize creating space for those most marginalized members of the community, including Black and transgender people and meeting their needs. Donations received from this fundraising campaign will help us continue to provide direct support services (Name Changes, HRT, food boxes etc.) to Trans & Queer people across Alabama. 

 

 

Our Needs: 

We would like to expand our services to provide emergency and short-term housing to Trans/Queer people living in Alabama. None of the homeless shelters are trained to service trans identified clients and none report having beds available for transgender clients based on gender identity. We have identified a potential property in historic Selma, AL that would make an amazing shelter. The property features 5 large bedroom with 3 bathrooms, dining room, two kitchens and large common areas. We have acquired funding to purchase the property but are seeking additional support for renovating and furnishing the property. Our Goal is to raise an additional $30,000 to make updates to the bathrooms, kitchen, and common areas, plus purchase bedroom furniture for clients.

 

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