Black Trans people in our local communities are both explicitly and implicitly discriminated against while trying to find employment. We, either have to sacrifice our gender and humanity for employment or we exist in work environments that are degrading to our humanity. Furthermore, when we do get hired, we are often restricted to work environments that limit our freedom of expression and our right to wear clothes that make us feel good within our genders. In general, Black Trans people share countless stories of anti-blackness and transphobia that we experience daily. Black Trans people are not being hired into safe enough work environments and our survival is constantly being based on our ability to display the gross details of our trauma on GoFundMe campaigns.
HOP is creating work spaces that prioritize our freedom of expression, creativity, and center our experience as community leaders in racial and gender justice. We are reclaiming our right to choose the things that we do for work, our right to self-determine, and our right to dignity as human beings. House of Pentacles is a direct intervention into one of the main barriers to survival for Black Trans people here in North Carolina. Having access to employment through the craft of film that we are constantly sharpening and developing is our first step in boldly reclaiming all of these things.