BESURE presents Communities Leveraging Evidence for Action and Resources (CLEAR), a project intended to identify the strengths and assets, and understand health, social, and service needs of transgender and non-binary individuals living in and around Baltimore City.

CLEAR’s three project components include:

1) Understanding the local landscape of transgender and non-binary individuals’ health and wellness. We do this through offering opportunities to participate in surveys and interviews. To learn more, please contact Brendon (brendonh@jhu.edu).

2) Providing referrals to trans-affirming services and resources. We do this through building relationships with organizations across the city that offer services related to housing, employment, health, and more. To learn more, please contact August (august.cason@jhu.edu).

3) Building individual and community capacity through programming. We do this through offering in-person and online workshops on topics of money management, preparing for an interview, navigating health insurance, writing a grant, and more. To learn more, please contact Londyn (londyn@jhu.edu).

In addition to full-time staff, CLEAR also has Community Advisory Board and Co-Investigator team and is supported by the Maryland Department of Health.

Meet our staff:

August Cason (they/them) – August is the Service Linkage Coordinator for CLEAR. Previously, they were a Client Navigator at Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. (BCRI). In their work at BCRI, they facilitated connections between clients and their HIV/Hepatitis C care providers. They grew up in the Baltimore area and have been living in the city for two years. August is excited to make connections and grow the CLEAR project!

Brendon Holloway (he/him) – Brendon is the Research Program Coordinator for CLEAR. Brendon recently moved from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he received his Master of Social Work, to join CLEAR at JHU. Throughout his career, he has advocated for more accessible healthcare for trans and non-binary people through political advocacy, research, and scholarship. Brendon has served the trans community by providing education and training at the University of Michigan Spectrum Center, facilitating support/social groups, and by currently serving on the Tennessee Equality Project Board of Directors. With his commitment to trans health and the trans community, Brendon is extremely excited about this project and the potential it has to positively impact trans people in Baltimore. Brendon also has two miniature dachshunds, Ellie and Graham, and a big orange cat, Chester!

Londyn Smith De-Richelieu (she/her) – Londyn is a media personality, trans-advocate, wife, animal lover, and native of Baltimore, Maryland.  Londyn attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Howard University School of Law in Legal Studies and is a candidate for her Master of Arts in Health Law and Policy from Hofstra University School of Law.  Londyn is Research Coordinator for CLEAR. Londyn sits on the community advisory board of National Black Justice Coalition and is Co-Chair of the Mayor of Baltimore’s LGBTQ Commission. She was appointed a member of Spelman College’s monumental Transgender Policy Implementation Committee by their President Dr. Mary Schmidt-Campbell. Londyn founded the Claudette M. Mason Foundation in honor of her late grandmother, Claudette M. Mason, to provide a scholarship for transgender women of color and create alliances with cisgender women focusing on intersectionality of oppression to facilitate meaningful actions. The foundation emphasizes that there is no timeline for success and “it is never crowded!”