SKITTLES® AND TODRICK HALL PARTNER TO DONATE $100,000 TO THE NATIONAL BLACK TRANS ADVOCACY COALITION
Hundreds of Black trans people are suffering from the coronavirus and are requesting emergency food, shelter and medical care. The National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition is currently working on a coordinated coronavirus response to the expressed needs of the community providing free program services including client services, financial assistance, care packages and referral to local resources through the Black Trans COVID-19 Community Response Fund initiative.
Skittles has partnered with Todrick Hall to donate $100,000 to the National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC). The donation will support the group’s work to improve the lived experience of transgender people, including its Black Trans COVID-19 Community Response Fund initiative that benefits transgender families impacted by the Coronavirus in the U.S.
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, BTAC is working to minimize the heightened suffering of so many Black trans people, as an already marginalized community.” said Carter Brown, National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition Executive Director. “A recent study published reflects that 67% of transgender people of color are very concerned they cannot pay their bills on debt, compared to 20% of LGBTQ people and 15% of the general population. Thanks to the support and partnership of Skittles and Todrick Hall, we will change that. With the gracious donation of $100,000 we can now expand our current Black Trans COVID-19 initiative by ensuring at least 400-500 more Black trans people are served through the program.”
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“Pride this year has been unlike any I’ve experienced before. With the pandemic putting a stop to all in-person celebrations, and the events that have sparked much needed conversations around racial equity and support for Black members of the LGBTQ+ community, it may be the most important Pride in my lifetime,” said Todrick Hall. “It means a lot to me to be partnering with Skittles to make this donation to the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, an organization from my home state of Texas that is doing important work helping to uplift some of the most marginalized and underrepresented voices in the LGBTQ+ community during this critical time.”