Ɛte sɛn? is Twi (Akan language) for ‘How are you?/How is it?’.
Too often, if asked at all, we don’t give or have space to honestly answer. In an existence where Black pain is ignored, this question is important to ask each other from an intentional, present space. We matter.
How are you, Fam?
How is it?
We are two Black, non-binary, queer providers of care to primarily Black and Brown, trans, non-binary, gnc, queer, fat, disabled, polyamorous/non-monogamous, kinky folks and their families in the Bay Area. We have witnessed and experienced firsthand challenges in finding Black queer and trans providers that share our identities, experience, and knowing. In our provider communities, we have seen and experienced a consistent demand for Black providers to give support in the beautiful ways that only We can.
Goals & Outreach
Resistance, Resilience, Rest
Raise and Distribute
We have a goal of raising $100K to provide 50 Bay Area Black trans and queer therapists (licensed and pre-licensed) with $2000 each, to support them in taking time off for self-restoration and to help prevent and manage burnout.
We aim to support these therapists with a monetary offering to lessen the financial barrier to taking time away from work.
We aim to build community with these therapists and share collective and community resources to support their health & well being while working, resting, and playing.
Who can apply?
Black Queer & Trans
Licensed & Pre-Licensed
This offering is for SF Bay Area Black/African/African American queer & trans therapists who have been raised and socialized in US flavored white supremacy. It is for those who read as and identify as Black under the system of white supremacy and have been impacted by it. We welcome impacted (Black) African immigrants to apply as well.
Note: If you didn't identify as Black until 2020 please miss us entirely. This is not for you. But please donate.
How else can you support this effort?
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I am a Black/African, non-binary, queer, (small) fat mental health therapist. My private practice primarily serves Black and Brown trans, queer, and non-binary individuals and families. Most of my clients are providers, activists, organizers, teachers, artists that either do or are working towards understanding and embracing their roots. I work from a collectivist, Womanist/Black feminist influenced framework and hold the impact of intergenerational trauma and white supremacy in relationship to the challenges my clients face. I practice non-hierarchical support and center healing in community/relationship. I also provide a heart, value, and culture-centered framework for program evaluation, consultation, and storytelling/public speaking for colleagues, grassroots orgs and academic institutions.
I pull from my life experiences and in combination with my growing spiritual knowing, I use aspects of herbalism, divining, crystals, ritual, ancestor relationship and connection, storytelling, and spiritual relationship building to support myself, my friends, family, clients, and larger community in healing and movement towards freedom.
Black | Fat | Queer | Gender Non Binary
Magic, massage, storytelling and performance art are tools I use to liberate, heal and reclaim space for marginalized and oppressed communities.
I have spoken at several universities including Berkeley, Stanford and San Jose State regarding intersectionality, sex, fat, feminism and health. My most recent published work can be found in “The Politics of Size” co-authored with Juana Tango and edited by Ragen Chastian and my journey documented in interviews in Nia King’s “Queer and Trans Artist of Color”.
Project Ɛte Sɛn, COVID & Black Resistance
In this specific time of COVID and continued Black resistance, it is more important than ever for us to take the intentional time to ask, “How are you?”. Our Black therapists have been asking and holding our big and complicated responses to this question without much reprieve over the past year and will continue to do so. Black providers that hold the hearts, spirits, and bodies of our community members deserve to have this question asked of them too. Black providers need to be held in their need for rest, reflection, and recovery.
Black therapists, specifically, have been voicing challenges in feeling able to take breaks from supporting others, even when they are in need of rest and self-care. We want to help remove some of the financial barrier of taking needed time to rest and support our fellow Black providers in making the needed space to take care of themselves. We are asking Black therapists, “how are you?”
Our Support Team
We appreciate non-Black folks that move out of the way and give their labor and access in support of us supporting Us. We thank you. The Body Political is our Fiscal Sponsor.
The Body Political
The Body Political is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to confronting social myths about the body through personal stories of resistance and reclamation. The Body Political is the fiscal sponsor for Project Ɛte Sɛn? and your donations are tax-deductible. Tax ID Number: 82-2685177