Mission Statement: The Normal Anomaly Initiative centers Black Queer Plus persons through their services, programs, and events to help overcome barriers, end stigma, and problematic narratives to actualize a new normal in the Black Queer experience.
Vision Statement: Seeking the forward mobility of Black Queer Plus Communities.
Bold: We take a stance and we mean it.
Inclusion: Nothing for us, without us.
Passion: People first.
Innovation: Unapologetically thinking outside the box.
Excellence: In everything we do.
Commitment: To our community, mission, and vision.
The Normal Anomaly Initiative started as a blog in March 2016 by our Founder, Ian L. Haddock. At this time, it was a pride to feature stories of the most marginalized including those living with HIV, sex workers, and LGBTQ+ community of color. As we began to pick up interest, we recognized it was important to find ways that would continue to amplify the voices of the most marginalized and decided the best way to do this was to become fiscally sponsored under a nonprofit organization to begin cultivating programming.
In October 2018, we signed our agreement with our fiscal sponsor, and shortly thereafter began our docu-series project, Outcry. This set the stage for us to become a force in the boutique digital storytelling arena.
Since then, we have had the opportunity to be streamed in film festivals locally and abroad along with currently being streamed on Prime Video. Also, we have had the opportunity to be featured twice in Voyage Houston and Outsmart Magazine, worked with AIDS Foundation Houston, T.R.U.T.H. Project, My Degree is Black and participated in the Let's Stop HIV Together Ambassador Campaigns.
Our leadership has been instrumental in getting our stories even more notoriety as he has written for Logo/ NewNowNext, The Body, Spectrum South, Positively Aware, and The Grio. He is also the LGBTQ+ Editor of Reel Urban News.
Finally, we have expanded from a one-person digital storytelling organization to a small team of writers, creators, visionaries, and consultants. Through consecutive 6-month training in cohorts with the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work covering both Healing Justice and Harm Reduction training along with Emory University covering Organizational Infrastructure, we are well on our way to cement our name in the legacy of the communities we intersect.