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The Mahogany Project


Education Community Organizations & Resources Nonprofit


The Mahogany Project, Inc. (TMP, Inc.) was founded in 2017 by Verniss McFarland, III, in Houston, TX. TMP, Inc. sparked after the death of Chyna Gibson, a Black woman of trans-experience who was shot in New Orleans on February 25. Chyna was a much-loved performer in the pageantry community who was visiting friends and family in New Orleans at the time of her death. That year 30 individuals of transgender experience (that we know of ) died of anti-trans violence. That year we released The Trans Empowerment and Alliance Party, a safe and affirming space for trans-identified individuals to be uplifted in the community; which evolved into Black Trans Empowerment Week in 2018. As a non-profit organization, TMP, Inc. has cultivated multi-intersectional spaces that center the Black diaspora while decreasing social isolation, stigma, and breaking barriers of social injustice.

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Verniss McFarland
Executive Director

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