Mariah will be the first out Black trans woman to serve on the New Orleans City Council!
Mariah Moore is an award-winning social justice advocate, National Organizer at the Transgender Law Center, and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the House of Tulip. Born at Charity Hospital with deep roots in the city’s 7th and 9th wards she spent much of her childhood in foster care. After returning to New Orleans post-Katrina, Mariah, like so many New Orleanians, struggled to secure stable housing, a job that paid a living wage, and a foothold in the city that she and generations before her had called home. She knew that she deserved more and her city deserved more.
Inspired by her great aunt, Bernice Keys, and her grandmother, Lavergia Hicks—two strong, Black women who had shown up for her when no one else would—Mariah fought for friends and neighbors that the system was failing and no one else was standing up for. When members of Mariah’s community were denied loans, jobs and housing she went to bat for them, and this community helped her through this challenging time in return.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, leaving the city’s most vulnerable residents at the highest risk, Mariah and fellow organizer Milan Sherry drafted plans for House of Tulip, a non-profit collective that provides housing for trans and gender nonconforming folks. While hundreds of thousands of Louisianans were still struggling to get in touch with the state’s office of unemployment, Mariah and the House of Tulip Founder’s Circle were raising over $1 million to support their community in a time of crisis and helping secure desperately needed access to employment, healthcare, legal aid, and more.
Mariah is running to represent District D because she knows what it’s like to choose between spending your last dollars on the bus fare to work or buying dinner. She knows what it’s like to be priced out of the neighborhood your family has called home for generations. She knows what it’s like to have someone you love ripped away because of gun violence. But most importantly, Mariah is running because she knows what we are capable of when we come together to demand change and craft creative solutions.
She knows that we can have a New Orleans where everyone thrives, because she’s already made that a reality for some of the city’s most marginalized residents. Mariah knows New Orleanians deserve more, more for our future, more for our neighborhoods, and more for our city. She hopes you’ll join her in the fight to create a future for District D that is as bountiful as New Orleans culture.