Mrs. Daroneshia Duncan-Boyd is an unapologetically Black, trans woman and Southerner and the Executive Director of TAKE Resource Center, a trans, people of color-led organization. Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering (TAKE) serves as an advocacy, support, direct service, and resource center for trans and non-binary communities in Birmingham, Alabama.
As an out, trans woman, born and raised in Alabama, she has experienced physical and sexual violence, workplace and housing discrimination and the spiritual toll of exclusion from church and community. She remembers acutely what it was like to be honored for her advocacy even as she struggled with addiction and engaged in sex work to survive. Along the way, she gained smarts, savvy and a deep appreciation for the brilliance and resilience of trans people – especially black and brown trans women. She carries with her the memories of the many people she has lost to needless and preventable violence. Her work at TAKE is a reflection of her commitment to transform the intent behind the hashtags of #NotOneMore and #SayHerName into a set of impactful strategies, programs and resources that honor the lives of those that have been taken too soon, and creates pathways for, by and with those that are still here.
Recognitions for her leadership include being featured on HBO’s “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas”, honored as an “Alabama Champion of Pride,” featured in The Advocate magazine, and named one of the “Top 7 Inspiring LGBTQ Leaders in Alabama.”