Tracee McDaniel

Transgender Advocate Tracee McDaniel is motivated by a strong desire to ensure that all transgender and gender non-conforming people receive equality, justice and human rights protections. Tracee was born and raised in South Carolina and supported by her spouse of almost two decades. Tracee became the first transgender person in 2007 who was invited to deliver a key-note speech at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration march and rally in addition to lobbying the United States Congress in 2008 to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and increased HIV/AIDS funding.

Her personal motto “Show Up and Participate for Equality” attributed to her becoming the Founder and Executive Director of the 501(c)(3) tax exempt Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, Inc., an advocacy, consulting, and social services referral organization specifically designed to empower the diverse transgender and gender non-conforming community. Juxtaposed Center’s vision is to act as a collective body to provide basic, necessary, and fundamental services to the transgender community.

Juxtaposed Center is also an anchoring organization of the Transgender Housing Atlanta Program, which provides transitional and emergency housing to transgender and gender non-conforming people. Juxtaposed Center is the official organizer of Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is an annual vigil that memorializes transgender and gender non-conforming people whom were either murdered or committed suicide due to hate and violence against community members whom may identify as a gender that’s opposite their birth sex. Additionally, Tracee has served on the Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT Advisory Board and Mayor Reed’s Working Group on Prostitution (WGOP) and is a Vetted Trainer for the United States Department of Justice.

Tracee has served on the Board of Directors for several community initiatives, facilitated Transgender cultural competency training for Atlanta Police Department Academy recruits, and helps coordinate Atlanta's observation of Stonewall weekends, which include convening speakers' panels and marches. Currently, Tracee is a Board Director for Transgender Health and Educational Alliance, and a Transgender Housing Atlanta Program Committee Member. Most recently, Tracee was invited to brief the inaugural White House “Trans Women of Color Women’s History Month Briefing” on Employment and Economic Equity and how those inequities affect Trans Women of Color.