The number of trans people who’ve died at the hands of violence cannot possibly be quantified with accuracy, as some media outlets and family members of our trans brothers and sisters tragically misgender, or refuse to offer their voices to the deceased’s true genders, even in their loss.
We also recognize the daily violence that accompanies transitioning in a society that still has such a long way to go in the way of embracing love, and transcending ignorance. We see you, we love you, we want to support you. We emphasize the importance of validating trans children and adolescents; of protecting the bodies and minds of those too young to protect themselves from harassment, bullying and abuse. We’re listening to you, we’re holding space for you, we’re prepared to defend you.
In solidarity, we’ve compiled a list of NYC and LA-based organizations that can safely be called upon by trans folks for all kinds of support, from sensitive, accessible healthcare to immigration assistance, below.
Allies: in addition to supporting the trans folks in your community (by lending a listening ear, or a place to stay, or a LGBTQ-friendly job opportunity, or assistance with food, bills or Metro fare), please consider donating funds/resources, or volunteering your time with any of the following organizations:
African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (For resources for QTPOC, click "Community Connect")
And for more on trans life, read through our series created in honor of Transgender Awareness Week, 'Transcending Conversation,' for which we spoke with five non-binary and trans creators who inspire us; click through to read our interviews with Lee Baker, Jari Jones, Tom Cat, Chella Man and DD Smith.