The organization started out as a peer support group for trans women of color (TWOC) to come together and share their narratives. As a result, TAKE soon discovered that the organization needed to be more than a support group. There was organizing that needed to be done to break down barriers and to set standards within the Birmingham community for trans-related issues. The group began to focus on issues such as discrimination in the workplace, housing advocacy, support for sex workers, providing trans-friendly services, and working to alleviate the many other barriers that TWOC face that no one else was talking about.

Our Staff

Daroneshia Duncan

Founder/ Executive Director

Daroneshia Duncan is African American trans woman born and raised in Birmingham ,Alabama. Daroneshia has experienced sexual assault, sex work, workplace and housing discrimination, and substance abuse.  In the past four years she has brought attention to the transgender population in Birmingham, especially trans women of color.  She created a peer support group which meets twice a month to help trans women of color identify and overcome barriers that they face here in Birmingham.  In addition to her personally identifying as a trans woman of color, she is very knowledgeable about LGBTQIA issues and has a lot of experience dealing with the discrimination and oppression that members of her community face in day to day life.  Her life experiences fuel her passion for helping other trans women of color.  

Nycola Hayes

Outreach Specialist/ Group Facilitator

Nickola has been a vocal and supportive member of the community.  She began her work with TAKE as a part of the PEER Leadership program.  She has been instrumental in helping organize the community and recruiting trans women of color.

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