Get To Know: Carter Brown of BTMI

Spring has officially sprung and with all of the beauty and positive energy around me I wanted share some of that positivity with you all. Carter Brown is one of my first male role models and a man who’s wisdom, energy, and compassion really exemplify a man of excellence. Take some time to get to know a man who’s passion for community has led him to unite the invisible force that is black transmen.

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Please, introduce yourself to the We Happy Trans family! What is your full name and how do you identify? 

Thank you to We Happy Trans Family for speaking with me today.  My name is Carter Brown and I am a transman.

What does the title “We, Happy Trans” mean to you? Do you feel that you happy with where you are at in your transition?

In my opinion, “We Happy Trans” signifies a group of people that take pride in being transgender individuals, and have found a place of happiness in their transition.

I am always happy with where I am in transition, as I am always tuned in and always growing not only in transition from female to male, but also towards completion of self.  I’m very happy with where I am in transition at this time.  I am living freely and it feels wonderful!

I have just recently had the pleasure of becoming familiar with BTMI, and I am so proud of the organization and the movement that you have started in Dallas. For those at WHT who aren’t familiar, please share about your organization and a little about why this mission is important to you.

Thank you for your endorsement of our efforts, Mr. Alvarez.  Black Transmen, Inc. is the first national non-profit organization of African American transmen solely focused on acknowledgment, social advocacy and empowering African American transmen with resources to aid in a healthy female to male transition. Black Transmen programs provide all female to male transmen and SLGBTQI individuals with necessary tools to secure identity and equality within our society regardless of race, creed, color, religion, sexual identity or sexual expression.

This mission is important to me as it is important to the betterment of the Black community in its entirety.

 I have the pleasure of being a part of the Black Transmen group on Facebook, and I have to say…the camaraderie as well as the mentorship and empowerment that I’ve experienced in the few short months I’ve been involved has really changed my life. How has being a part of this group impacted you as the founder of BTMI? 

Having you be a part of the group has been a sheer delight and I thank you for the empowerment you’ve shared with us all.  Getting to know these men is what moved me to create the organization.  The Facebook groups are very important to me as they serve as the central point of communication with the BTMI family all over the world. Being a part of the groups has definitely impacted my life to never be the same.

 The first annual BTMI conference took place at the beginning of this month. What were your expectations for this conference, being the first of it’s kind for African American transsexual men? Do you feel that your personal goals were accomplished?

My expectations for the conference were that we as Black Transmen would unite to be truly empowered by the messages relayed in the workshops, build and bond with one another and also experience a retreating atmosphere to enjoy ourselves among family and friends.  My personal goals and expectations for the conference were indeed satisfied and exceeded.  This conference was the Mecca for Black Transmen.  Everyone who attended has had a life changing experience, including me. The genuine love and invaluable empowerment and knowledge shared was indeed an unforgettable moment.  We are all looking forward to next year.

 Tell us, what’s next for Mr. Brown? Are there any other projects and organizations you are connected to or developing on your own?

Currently BTMI is heavily advocating campaigns for a few very important causes that too often go underserved.  Currently, we have launched our Trans HIV/Awareness Campaign with a focus on HIV/AIDS within the Black Trans community including both men and women.  This month we will begin campaigning for Sexual Abuse Awareness and transgender homelessness.  This summer we aim to kick off our BTMI Youth Program as well.

 What is your hope for transmen of color in the near future?

My hope and belief for transmen of ethnic descent is that we espousal being the evolution of the man.  I want to ensure that we are truly embracing our “trans experience” holistically, and inclusive of our past and female socialization.  I want us to not become the modern man we see in the media and among our friends and family, but to be more dimensional because THAT’s who you really are.

 Aside from being a mentor and an activist, what are some of the other hats you take pride in wearing?

Although I am very passionate about those two roles, I favor my roles as being a husband, friend and father to my wife and 3 year old daughter.  These two little women definitely keep me grounded, supported and immeasurably happy.

What is your best advice for young people who are looking to transition from female to male?

My best advice is to do thorough research to know if transitioning is really what you want to do, as many changes are reversible as well some experiences which could be traumatizing.  Talk to guys who have been on the path a while, ask questions beyond when the physical changes would happen, but also about the shift in social status and treatment, long term effects of HRT and other factors of importance. You have to think, if you’re 25 now, do you see yourself as 60 year old transman? Everyone that is transgender may not necessarily be a transman, in my opinion.

 You have such a wonderful spirit and great attitude, Mr. Brown! Thank you for being a light to young men like myself and an positive example for transmen and bio men alike. What is one quote that helps inspire you when you are having a rough break?

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve.  Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”  – Leroy Satchel Paige

 Please, share with us where we can learn more about Black Transmen Inc. and where black transmen should go to get connected with this community of brothers:

Our main office is located at:

3530 Forest Lane
Suite 290
Dallas, TX  75234
Toll Free:  1 (855) BLK -TMEN   Direct:     1 (469) 287-8594
blacktransmen.org                            Website

shop.blacktransmen.org                    Online Store
blacktransmen@gmail.com                Email
facebook.com/blackties                    FB Fans
facebook.com/black.transmen           FB Advocacy
youtube.com/blacktransmen              Youtube

 

We also have local state chapters in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York, Maryland/D.C., Michigan, Illinois  and Florida

 

 

 

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