Ava Pipitone of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance collaborated with Circles of Voices in November 2016 to discuss the realities of the transgender and gender non-conforming communities in Baltimore.
Ava Pipitone is the Executive Director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance as well as a worker-owner at Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffeehouse. She brings experiences in building horizontal systems demonstrated through Red Emma's and applies them to the BTA to intervene in the structures of marginalization from the inside out. Functioning as a collective of transgender parents, business owners, artists, and activists, the BTA lifts up the voices of Baltimore's transgender and gender non-conforming communities and continually centers the conversation on those most marginalized; black transwomen. The BTA is the only peer run transgender advocacy organization in Baltimore.