Southern Steep: Brewing Stronger Community

A Seat at the Table

Episode Summary

In this episode, Jacobi, along with co-host Bianca Ward, speaks with Human Rights Campaign's Tori Cooper on the personal experiences that have influenced her professional mission. Tori discusses the past, the present, and the future, and her work in health equity, advocacy within the Presidental Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS (PACHA) and HRC, trans-centralized services and justice, and her hopes for the South. The conversation explores why and how her voice of reason dictates the shift towards much-needed dialogue supporting the rights of Black transgender women and their needs. Her seat at the table extends her voice and influence within and throughout countless spaces nationally, and she explores the intentionality behind that influence. This episode's "Southern Charm" segment highlights Abounding Prosperity, Inc. This nonprofit organization was founded in November 2005 in response to social and health disparities devastating Black men and their families in Dallas County.

Episode Notes

To connect and/or learn more about Tori Cooper and Human Rights Campaign, please visit To learn more about Tori’s involvement with PACHA, please visit About PACHA |

To learn more about Abounding Prosperity, visit Feel free to connect with them on Facebook and other social media platforms.