As we know in Black Trans World, it’s never a easy peasy road for us to just simply live our lives. We have times when the road is as smooth as freshly poured concrete on a brand new stretch of highway, and times when we’re rolling along and hit a pothole that blows out a car tire.
The same is true for the organizations that serve us. Since we don’t get the same level of funding that white led trans organizations get or have deep pocketed funders we can call on in a pinch, it can be challenging at times to get the donations and grants we need to fund the programs that are necessary to serve our people.
Black Trans Advocacy is the umbrella org for Black Transmen, Inc., Black Transwomen, Inc., the Black Trans International Pageantry System and the Black Trans Advocacy Conference and recently received some news that fits the blown tire scenario I laid out in the first paragraph.
The Dallas office park at 3530 Forest Lane that has hosted BTA’s office in them for several years was recently sold a few days ago to a real estate development firm in suburban Southlake, TX. The developer has plans to tear down two of the smaller office buildings, renovate the remaining one and use the space created by demolishing the two smaller office buildings to build a storage facility on it.
That means that the small businesses and organizations who have their offices in the two buildings slated for demolition will have to move. Unfortunately BTA’s office suite is in one of the buildings staed for demolition, and they have been given 60 days notice to vacate.
BTA now has the challenge of finding new affordable office space and once they do, move to that new space, set it up, and then resume planning for the upcoming BTAC 2018 conference
But knowing them, with some help, they will rise to the challenge and get back on track in executing their primary mission of unapologetically serving the Black trans and gender variant community.