Donald Trump may have reversed regulations that protect the transgender community, but that doesn’t mean there are no resources to help them. Continuing the spirit of standing with #BLM we’re here to say that #BTLM or Black Trans Lives Matter.
The Human Rights Campaign describes “transgender” as people whose identifying gender is different from the sex assigned at birth. Transgender, or trans, is an umbrella term. The trans community is extremely diverse.
The trans community faces many challenges that go beyond the law. Transgender people are more likely to be harassed and killed. Poverty is another issue the community faces. Results of The National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) showed 34% of Black transgender people reported a household income of less than $10,000 yearly. Latinx respondents fell at 28%.
While the fight for transgender equality is far from over, there are a plethora of resources that can help in the meantime. We’ve created a list–tell a friend to tell a friend.
This advocacy organization prides itself on working to change policies and the acceptance of trans people. Its website offers guides on how to get the proper care for your health, like sex reassignment surgery.
It also provides lists of rights you need to know as a trans person, like how to handle an airport patdown.
To take action and fight back against anti-trans legislation, click here.
TLC is the largest countrywide organization led by transgender people. The organization works to change policy, law, and negative attitudes towards the trans community.
Their legal work helps bring trans people’s cases to light, like that of Roxsana Hernandez’s. Hernandez was a transgender woman who died in U.S. Customs & Border Protection custody due to a lack of medical care she begged for.
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Accessing healthcare in the face of regular harassment and discrimination by doctors and insurers is painful and discouraging. Yesterday’s new rule from the Trump Administration aims to give a green light to the mistreatment we already experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TLC intends to take any necessary action to challenge this rule—which goes against existing federal law and two decades of court rulings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The government chose to release this rule during an epidemic of police violence targeting Black people in the U.S., including the police murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and Tony McDade, a Black trans man, in Tallahassee, Florida. It was released on the same day as Pulse Remembrance Day, the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting—and on the same day that trans people are heartbroken and mourning the murder of two Black trans women, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Milton. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Solutions to our current global health crisis—as well the daily discrimination that trans people face in medical care—will come directly from those of us who are most affected and already leading the way: trans folks who are Black, Indigenous, disabled, migrant, and living with HIV. We will keep you updated on our fight against this new rule. #ProtectTransHealth #DefendBlackLives
Gender Spectrum works towards creating a gender-inclusive world for youth. By starting while kids are young, they grow up being comfortable with their identity.
This organization works closely with educators, social service workers, medical professionals, and others to navigate gender understandings. Gender Spectrum’s training and professional development programs have reached educators who work with over 3.2 million children.
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Starting on JUNETEENTH (this Friday) we’re kicking off a special 4-part series for BLACK TRANS AND NON-BINARY TEENS. Meeting every Friday for the next 4 weeks, this safe space will serve as way to meet and connect with other teens who are navigating their gender. This event series means so much to us and the communities it serves. JOIN US this Friday. Link in bio! ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼 _ #transgender #lgbt #lgbtq #translivesmatter🌈✊ #blacktranslivesmatter #blacklivesmatter #allblacklivesmatter #transteen #nonbinary #pridemonth #pride #juneteenth #juneteenthcelebration
This resource serves students, athletes, coaches, and administrators who want more information on trans inclusion in sports. School districts tend to not be inclusive when transgender students wish to participate in sports.
Trans students are allowed to participate in college sports as “long as that athlete’s use of hormone therapy, if any, is consistent with the [NCAA’s] existing policies…”
For recreation leagues, there are few documented policies for trans inclusion. Readers are encouraged to submit policy inclusions so that they may be added to the website.
A Bronx LGBT Center, Destination Tomorrow is an all-around resource. They offer education and empowerment programs for the General Education Diploma (G.E.D.). Destination Tomorrow is also a drop-in center and a safe space for community members.
Looking for a job, but are worried about your gender-identification posing an issue? This LGBT center offers a career readiness program.
This is a service that helps Black intersex, gender variant, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming meet their material needs.
Still limited to Twitter, Black Trans Futures has a CashApp link on their bio where people can donate. The page announced it will launch a Google Form soon, which will better help understand the needs of the community.
There’s a Black trans woman that needs urgent financial assistance. Match what we sent, send what you can, or more https://t.co/vNxM0xDBW4
— BlackTransFutures (@BlkTransFutures) June 12, 2020
The fund, a mutual-aid based organization, commits to uplifting the narrative of Black trans women. BTTF provides Black transgender women with financial resources needed to travel safely.
The organization has already redistributed over $60,000 dollars to Black trans women in need. If you are in need of funding, click here to apply.
This organization advocates and works towards the needs of immigrant trans-Latin@s in the U.S.
TransLatin@ upholds altruism, respect, and dignity for everyone. Their vision is to amplify the education and resources needed to promote trans empowerment.
The TransLatin@s have created a strategic plan for 2018-2020 that denotes how they will accelerate their movement.
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WOW Y’ALL! We woke up to the news that the petition to #FreeKelly had blown up over night! 🥺💫 If you’re new to following us, welcome! One of the many campaigns we are working on is to #FreeKelly, who has been detained for almost three years by ICE! You can find the petition in our bio and you can CALL Aaron Andrews to demand that he use his discretion and release her NOW! If you want to organize a letter writing event let us know what we can do to support! #FreeKelly #EndTransDetention #FreeThemAll
SPART*A advocates for actively serving transgender people in the military, veterans, and their families. Membership is open to members of the community, which includes non-binary and gender-nonconforming people.
SPART*A also offers smaller groups for families of transgender service members, veterans, and allies.
BTAC works to improve the Black trans human experience by overcoming violence and injustices in the world. Since its inception in 2011, BTAC is the only national organization led by Black trans people.
Its work is based on peacebuilding, community education, public policy initiatives, empowerment programs, and direct services. The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition’s work is also led by Black Transmen, Black Transwomen, and Black Trans MX.
Based in New York City, the Center is a safe haven for members of the LGBT community. The space offers services not limited to advocacy, health and wellness programs; recovery, and family support services. The Center was founded in 1983 and is open 365 days a year.
There are numerous resources that serve the transgender community. In honor of Pride Month, it is likely there will be a bigger sense of unity to support each other. For more programs, organizations, and information for the transgender community, click here.