About

Our Founder Ashunte Coleman is a transwoman who is grateful for everyday God has allowed her to live.  She has lived experience as a drug addict, a survival sex worker and it was through her two year incarceration that she came to realize that she could not only change her own life, but the lives of her sister transwomen. Ashunte found employment with Goodwill and became a Certified Nursing Assistant and moved to Atlanta.  It was there that she found her calling to advocate and become a leader in the LGBTQ community. Ashunte has moved back to Tampa to reach out to the trans community and use her life experience to help others. Our Co-Founder Candy Clark is a transwoman born in Plant City Florida and has been a resident of Tampa for the past 30 years.  She was arrested and incarcerated from a young age and experienced discrimination, harassment and abuse in prison because of her transition. Struggling to find employment, Candy worked the streets to survive.  It was there that she was shot and stabbed so severely she almost lost her life. Candy is a leader in the local LGBTQ community and uses her platform to tell others about her experiences and show others the way out. Ashunti and Candy are available for speaking engagements and panel discussions about transwomen of color, health and safety and that human rights are for everyone.  Please contact either of us at lipstampa@gmail.org. Support Our Work!