'Unapologetically leading the shift to push the UNLEARNING of suppressive traditions and
beliefs that continue to cause infinite harm to our transgender communities.'
To disrupt the systems that marginalize, shame, silence and illigitemize the lives of trans youth, especially in our Black and Brown communities..
This proud, Black mother of 4 young men has given almost 3 decades of service as an educator/administrator in K-college classrooms. After enduring the pain in witnessing her prepubescent, transgender son be targeted relentlessly by colleagues, students and family - and frustrated by the lack of representation of true Black and Brown trans experiences in literature, nadeen not only founded her own consulting entity, blaq noyz, LLC, in 2021, she also published the first children's book in her series, Life: According to Z, an autobiographical account of the trauma and triumph her son has experienced since introducing himself to her between the ages of 6 and 7. Challenged by the lack of safe spaces for gender diverse children in schools, varied public domains and in their own homes, nadeen walked away from her career in 2022 to instead fight for the rights, visibility, respect - thus "righting the wrongs" - for transgender youth.
"The Gender & Sexuality Development Program at CHOP has been excited to partner with nadeen on multiple trainings for local school districts around supporting transgender and gender expansive students. The passion and professionalism that she brings to each training makes learning about tough topics easy and digestible. It is truly an honor to work alongside her."
~ Samantha King, MSW, MEd ~ she/her/hers
Manager of Education Initiatives
Gender and Sexuality Development Program
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to compassionate care to the patients we serve. We look forward to working with our newly elected officials and continuing to advocate for policies that protect comprehensive healthcare for all children, inclusive of their gender identity. We fully support our colleagues in the Gender and Sexuality Development Program and will continue to ensure that our families have access to the highest quality care. The Gender and Sexuality Development Program offers psychosocial and medical support for gender nonconforming. gender expansive ad transgender children and youth up to age 21 and their families. Our multidisciplinary team includes specialists in gender identity development from Social Work and Family Services, Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology and Behavioral Health. We work with your family to best meet the needs of your child or youth who is transgender of gender nonconforming.
Learn more about the Gender and Sexuality Program
We are currently in discussion with great grassroots and community entities to strengthen our reach in celebrating and protecting our amazing youth, young adults and Black trans women!
The second book in the series, Life...According to to Z, picks up where the first book ended - with Z now in 3rd grade. Find out how Z discovers the power of words and names as a means of hate, rather than love, but also how an unsuspecting person brings new light into Z's world.
Life...According to Z is set to come out in fall, 2023.
Stay tuned for updated announcements!
Allies: Voicing support; donating funds and marching, but NOT taking risks and consistently doing the work;
Accomplice: Taking calculated risks to status, well-being and/or reputation. using privilege/power to challenge status quo, but not taking over or asserting self in front of the marginalized
Co-Conspirator: going a step further than Accomplice. risking comforts and doing heavy lifting in engaged work. using privilege while following lead/parelleling acts of those with much to lose; holding counterparts accountable and leading intra-group conversations rather than had disenfranchised explain and argue the human rights.
Q1: What services do you offer?
A: Author Appearances including:
book and poetry readings
panelist / keynote speaking
book fairs / pop-up events
Education Consulting / Facilitation
Q2: Do you only serve entities in New Jersey and Philadelphia?
A: No. my services are open to families/entities nationwide.
Q3: How much are your services?
A: Needs assessment and pricing are discussed during a scheduled, free 30-minute consultation.