To read about the rest of the Culture Shifters, including TV executive Jasmyn Lawson and spiritual adviser Emilia Ortiz, return to the complete list. To put it simply, Mariah Moore’s compassion for trans women and their shared struggles radiates through her words and her actions. The New Orleans activist uses her political savvy and devotion to fellow community members to fight against anti-trans legislation.
Whether it’s providing a meal and clothing to those in need or lobbying for congressional recognition on behalf of the transgender community, Moore has become one of the heroines of New Orleans. She says it takes empathy and a willingness to listen to bring effective change within a flawed socioeconomic system.
“Every day that you wake up, you have choices to make: You can choose to love your neighbors and community members. You can choose to lead with an open mind and heart. You can choose to be good to people,” Moore said in an interview. “Just by doing that, you can change the world, and you can change the quality of life for many people.”
Moore has been advocating for transgender people in New Orleans through several organizations. She is the organizing program associate at the Transgender Law Center. Housed at TLC is Black Trans Circles, which has allowed her to co-organize and create leadership development programs for Black trans women in the South. Through this program and others like it, Moore aims to teach other trans women the skills to heal, organize
Develop internal community solutions. The community organizer also works with such operations as the “CANS Can’t Stand” campaign, which seeks to erase a 19th-century “crimes against nature” law in Louisiana. She serves on the city’s LGBTQ Task Force. She co-directs her very own organization, House of Tulip, with Milan Nicole Sherry, where they help transgender and gender-nonconforming residents find safe, affordable housing in Louisiana.