Toni D. Newman


Toni Newman is a 1985 graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She is currently studying law with plans of becoming a lawyer defending the Transgenders and their rights. For the last twenty years, Toni has been making Male-to-Female (MTF) transformation. For ten years, she worked as a professional mistress with a female mistress and male master. They were known as THE EROTIC PROFESSIONALS with celebrity clients. Together with her business partner, Alton Willoughby, Toni has written a teleplay and screenplay about the trio's escapades as escorts. It would be her greatest wish to be the first African American Transgender to have her script made successfully into a feature film.

Toni is from Jacksonville, NC and attended Wake Forest University on academic scholarship where she received her BA degree in Sociology.  She is currently pursuing her law degree to fight for lgbt equality especially the T.  On July 1, 2015 Toni will be the new Development Manager for Maitri Compassionate Care in San Francisco. Toni was the Development and Administration Coordinator for T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers (South Los Angeles largest healthcare centers) handling development, grants, website, marketing and working with the outreach team as Certified Enrollment Counselor helping the homeless, mentally ill, HIV positive and underinsured get affordable healthcare and services they needed.  Prior to this, Toni worked for Equality California as a canvasser, fundraiser, legislative aide and volunteer recruiter.Equality California is California’s premier statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization focused on creating a fair and just society.  Before moving to the west coast, Toni worked for seven years in the NC Community College system as admissions representative, minority recruiter, Instructional Supervisor and Assistant to the Dean.

In 2011, Toni wrote her memoir I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman discussing her 25 year difficult transistion.   The memoir I Rise was nominated in 2012 in 2 categories for the Lambda Literary Awards, honored in 2012 by Wake Forest University for Faces of Courage, and has been featured in the Advocate, Huffington Post and Ebony magazine.  Toni is the Community Editor for Proud to Be Out-The Digital Magazine and a blogger for Huffington Post’s Gay Voices.

Toni is very passionate about service and helping the underpriviledged.  She and her partner of 13 years volunteers to several homeless groups and believes giving back is the key to success.


Chapter 7 (The Erotic Professionals) within book I Rise has been turned into Feature film:  Heart of a Woman (
Directed by British Film Director Keith Holland and Executive Producer Alton Demore starring Angelica Ross, Rachel Sterling, Justin Berti, Isis King and Jason Stuart.


Book was Edited by Kevin Hogan and Foreword of the Book was written by Dr. Marc Weiss. The Cover of the Book was photographed by Eric Scot. Technical Assistance was given by Alton Demore, my business partner. The Title of the Book was inspired by the Poem I Rise written by Dr. Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor at Wake Forest University, my alma mater, where I graduated in the class of 1985.  Studying Law to obtain Juris of Doctorate degree.





Heart of a Woman Film