Presentation Overview:

Chocolate Butterfly

An in depth exploration of black trans experiences in life, love, and growth.


Nyla Foster

Nyla Foster is a black transgender woman, entertainer, designer, and LGBTQIA rights advocate. She has been living in her truth since the age of 14 and is well known within the Kansas City LGBTQIA community. Nyla entertains and competes in drag pageantry as “Angel Iman”, a stage persona she created in 2010. She is a former Miss Kansas City Black Pride , Miss Kansas City Gay Pride, and placed 1st alternate at the Miss Black Trans International Pageant. Nyla is also a Project Coordinator for the Kansas City Anti Violence Project (KCAVP), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy for LGBTQIA members who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crime, and neglect. She has also worked as a Bridge Advocate for the Rose Brooks Center, an agency that provides emergency shelter to women and children escaping life-threatening abuse.

While working at KCAVP, Nyla has risen to leadership through her advocacy work and stepping up to facilitate Kansas City’s first support group for Transgender People of Color. The TPOC support group has now evolved into the Kansas City Transgender Empowerment Program (KCTEP), a program open to all transgender and gender non-conforming people, focusing on access to the following needs: Healthcare, Legal Services, Employment, Education, and Safety.

She has shared her story on television, radio,  and at several events: Channel 41 Kansas City Live!, KC Transgender Day of Remembrance,  KC Transgender Day of Visibility, Anti-Violence Picnic: International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia, and University of Missouri- Kansas City’s panel discussion on Intersectionality in Race & the Transgender Experience. In addition, she was featured in “I Am Not One Thing”, a short documentary film that highlights the identities and experiences of Trans and GNC people living in Kansas City.

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