Carter Brown, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC), has played a pivotal role in advancing the rights and well-being of Black transgender individuals. As a transgender man who understands the challenges of marginalized communities firsthand, Carter established BTAC in 2011, making it the first national, Black trans-led non-profit organization.
His unwavering commitment to ending violence, addressing HIV disparities, combating employment discrimination, and tackling other critical issues faced by Black transgender people has been the driving force behind BTAC’s impactful initiatives. With over a decade of dedicated engagement with transgender communities, Carter Brown’s leadership has elevated BTAC’s community organizing and programming to an indispensable position within the quest for equality.
Notably, Carter co-authored the U.S. Trans Survey, a groundbreaking effort comprehensively highlighting the economic, health, and social disparities experienced by nearly 28,000 transgender individuals nationwide. His recent achievements include testifying before U.S. Congress in support of the Equality Act, a vital amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for transgender people.
Carter Brown’s tireless advocacy and leadership continue to be instrumental in advancing equity for Black transgender individuals and the broader LGBTQ+ community.