to disrupt the systems that marginalize, shame, silence and illegitimize the lives of trans and non-binary youth, especially in our Black and Brown communities.
nadeen (she/her) - who is also known by her author pseudonym, mothasistah - is a powerful work in progress. after 25 years of service in education, she decided to alter her teaching rationale when her youngest child bravely challenged everything nadeen thought she knew about parenting, about people, about herself.
how? nadeen's child told her that the doctors got it wrong. her child introduced himself to her; introduced her to a new language; introduced her to facts vs fiction.
now, nadeen is actively unlearning, exploring and "righting the wrongs" as it relates to the "othering" of trans human beings - especially as it relates to Black and Brown realities - by unapologetically speaking on and writing about it for the masses.
nadeen is starting the conversation with those who are ready and those who are not.
Life...According to Z
first installment of mothasistah's children's book series (of the same name) written from the perspective of a prepubescent, Black, trans male who introduces himself to his mother, for the first time, at the age of 7. this series chronicles real family triumph over daily life challenges, including family disharmony, harassment/physical threats from peers and the constant rejection of the larger community.
book and poetry readings
panelist / keynote deliverer
book fairs/pop-up events
facilitator (minimum of 90 minutes)
30-minute free consultation to discuss -
staff / teacher training
school handbook modification
*costs for services discussed during consultation
Get in on a great gift that's not only a great read - but a great conversation-starter and life-changer!
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As of May, 2022, over 140 anti-trans bills have been introduced across the United States. A few of these bills have become law, where children's rights to affirming healthcare has been ceased; where parents of trans children are being investigated for child abuse because they seek affirming health care for their children; where teachers are prohibited to speak/use educational tools to children in kindergarten through 3rd grade that serve to teach about gender diversity, inclusion and/or the normalcy of human dynamics, i.e., varying family structures, identity, pronouns and expression - or the teachers could lose their jobs.
With this intense drive of racist, sexist, homophobic, agoraphobic and transphobic politicians and special interest groups to target trans and non-binary children, it is clear that we need to move with a sense of urgency in protecting our children and ensuring they live and thrive in safe spaces in order to become healthy adults. Let's not waste time. Our children need to be seen. It's a human right.