Earline Budd is a transgender woman constantly fighting to make a difference in the lives of transgender women and other members of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LBGT) community. She is one of the founding members and former Executive Director of Transgender Health Empowerment, Inc. founded in 1996. Earline currently is a Treatment Adherence Specialist at Family Medical Counseling Services, Inc. in Washington D.C., serving clients who are transgender or gay/bisexual males. Earline has two years of college in Business Administration where she attended the Brookwein Business Institute of Washington, D.C. in 1979. Earline has been a consultant for over 18 years serving local and national organizations around Cultural Sensitivity in working with transgender people. Some of the trainings have been for SAMPSA, CSAP, Pennsylvania Mid Atlantic Training Center, the DC Department of Health HAHSTA Division, DC Department of Corrections, Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness DC shelter providers and many others.
Earline has more than 20 years of expertise in working with special populations and HIV/AIDS. Ms. Budd also is one of the District of Columbia’s first transgender women to the Office of Human Rights as a Commissioner, and was recently appointment to the Mayor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS. Earline describes her everyday hobby as just wanting to “Help Somebody”.