CREATING EQUITY WHILE EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING BLACK TRANSGENDER AND NONBINARY FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY
The McKenzie Project Inc. is a new Black trans-led organization in South Florida. We aim to uplift Black transgender and Nonbinary individuals ages 18 and up, throughout Miami Dade and Broward County, with a primary focus on Black transgender and Nonbinary folks ages 18 and up in Liberty City, especially those who are experiencing homelessness, engaging in survival sex work, or living with HIV.
MISSION: To live, learn, and participate in building community and centering spaces by and for Black transgender and nonbinary individuals to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in order for us to become self-sufficient and flourish.
VISION: To address the barriers to joy and liberation for Black transgender and Nonbinary individuals in South Florid with a vision to end homelessness, decrease the number of individuals engaging in survival sex work, and help end the HIV epidemic in the South.
Responsibility: Embrace opportunities to contribute to our community with respect, equity & equality.
Ownership & Clarity: Accepting responsibility for the best outcomes for our community.
Participation: We value and recognize the contribution of volunteers within organizations and communities.
Expression: We value for everyone to be unapologetically, expressive and fun
Strive: We Withhold great quality and excellence through continuous improvement.
MEET JASMINE MCKENZIE
Jasmine McKenzie was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She is a Black transgender woman who is committed to changing the community by making sure other Black transgender and nonbinary people have a safe and amazing future and fighting for equity for her community. She currently working to build a drop in center that caters to the needs of Black transgender and nonbinary people in South Florida. Ms. McKenzie is also a passionate and active member of the South Florida Ballroom community and serves as the Mother of The Iconic and Legendary House of Ebony and is the Co-Chair for 2021 Trans Pride Fort Lauderdale. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys designing pageant wear, Avant Garde hair art, and in 2016 she established her own business, Color N Raw which is a black LGBTQ+ photography and modeling studio located in Dania Beach, Florida and is patronized by the Ballroom and Black South Florida community. Jasmine and her allies are also planning the 2022 Trans Games, an indoor/outdoor sporting event for Transgender and Nonbinary people from through the United States to come together under one roof to compete against one another.