My name is Nataki, which means “princess” in Swahili.
There were no transgender role models in the city where I grew up. As I got older, the only way I knew how to be myself was by going to clubs, prostitution, and using drugs.
Leaving Baltimore was the best thing I ever could have done for myself. The second best was finding N Street Village.
When I arrived at N Street Village, it was completely different.
Here, my apartment is my small piece of heaven. The staff don’t treat me like I wasn’t born female. They don’t treat me like I’m transgender, they treat me like I’m me.
The way N Street Village has accepted me and welcomed me has given me the hope and courage to be me without the drugs.
When you support N Street Village, you ensure that the next woman on this path doesn’t have to go through what I did. That gift is beyond priceless.