Tela La'Raine Love
New Orleans, LA
Tela LaRaine Love is a trans-experienced artist and advocate from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the co-founder of New Legacy Ministries, a grassroots organization striving to raise the voices of marginalized communities, including transgender women of color. Through her experience and passion as a media personality, peer counselor and youth mentor, Tela excelled in maintaining a positive online and in-person community presence for transgender women of color. She served as Vice-Chair of the New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council, an active member of the Positive Women's Network and Trans- Positive, a volunteer at NO/AIDS Task Force, and a full-time student at Delgado Community College. She is also an ally of Women with a Vision, BreakOut, Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. Most recently, she participated in a recent Human Rights Watch data collection effort in New Orleans to stop the unfair harassment of transgender and commercial sex worker populations and support access to needle exchange program in the area.