Eliminating Barriers, Creating New Norms

Mission Statement

Centering Black, queer plus persons to overcome barriers, end stigma and problematic narratives to actualize a new normal.

Vision Statement

To see the forward mobility of Black, queer plus persons


We take a stand. And we mean it.


Nothing for us, without us.


People first.


Unapologetically thinking outside the box.


In everything we do.


To the community, our mission, and our vision.

Our History

The Normal Anomaly Initiative began in 2016 in Houston as a blog to tell the stories of people at the margins. Throughout the span of 3 years, the Founder, Ian L. Haddock, had the organization working with Huffington Post, Unites States Conference on HIV/ AIDS (USCHA) and Prime Video. As the platform grew, the Founder had amassed a team of nontraditional activists that began to expand the trajectory in which the group was going.

At that point, they began to extensively focus on garnering training to develop the group into an organization in 2019. Through strategic planning, organizational infrastructure, and more theory-based curriculum such as healing justice, harm reduction and restorative justice trainings, they were able to become a fiscally sponsored organization focused on the digital storytelling of Black, queer plus persons.

In 2020, as the world shut down during COVID-19, the organization began to see that there were so many needs present in the communities in which they were amplifying the voice of. Unfortunately, little focus in their city was towards this community and something needed to be done. The group shifted its lens from telling the story of Black, queer plus persons to changing their story through advocacy, direct services and technical assistance.

Through this, the Positives Organizing, Wellness and Resilience (POWR) Project, Transgender Allyship Collective (TAC), Project Liberate and Black Queer Plus: Center for Liberation was birthed in 2021. Touching their population through learning cohorts, development initiatives, HIV Testing, employment linkage, transportation, a thrift story and more, The Normal Anomaly Initiative is “Eliminating Barriers and Creating New Norms”.

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