Archive for the ‘News’ Category

  • Day 7 – Vote and help other trans people vote

    #30DaysOfAction Vote and help other trans people vote Because of ID issues and fears of encountering discrimination at the polls, many trans people do not vote. Yet it is elected officials who make the laws and set up the programs that can either help or hurt all aspects of trans lives. In 2016, voting will […]

  • Day 6 – Increase minimum wage

    #30DaysOfAction Support Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 How does raising the minimum wage reduce violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people?  Living in poverty, living paycheck to paycheck and being one step away from homelessness at ANY given moment, creates a desperate, constantly worrisome environment where people struggle with unthinkable choices (medication or groceries?) […]

  • Day 5 – Push organizations and government systems to become trauma-informed

    #30DaysOfAction Push organizations and government systems to become trauma-informed. Some trauma specialists put it this way: “In our experience, it is extremely rare to encounter a formally designated perpetrator who is not also demonstrably a victim of some form of abuse, early trauma, or extreme neglect.” (1) Institutions from schools through social service agencies through […]

  • Day 4 – GED

    #30DaysOfAction Get (or help someone obtain) a GED Many trans people drop out of high school due to violence and harassment. Not having a diploma closes many job options and can force trans people to turn to street economies and survival sex (which are often illegal in many states and add to risk of both […]

  • Day 3 – Support homeless trans people

    #30DaysOfAction Support Homeless Trans People Homelessness is a trans issue.  1 in 5 trans have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives because they were transgender or gender non-conforming. Many trans people who attempt to access shelter are denied, assaulted, or discriminated against. The 2011 Injustice At Every Turn report noted that, “Respondents who […]

  • Day 2 – Companion App

    #30DaysOfAction Walking Home Companion Until we live in a world that is safe from trans and gender non-conforming street harassment/violence, we will need a few tools to help us feel safer.  Thanks to CompanionApp, you will, as they advertise, “never walk home alone again.”  Companion is a FREE app that is available for both iPhones […]

  • 5 ways to give on #GivingTuesday

    #GivingTuesday (11.29.16) harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities.  We appreciate your generosity and commitment to reducing violence within the transgender community. Here are 5 ways you can contribute to FORGE: Amazon Smile. You shop. Amazon Gives. Signing up is […]

  • Day 1 – Bullying

    #30DaysOfAction According to the 2011 Injustice at Every Turn report, 78% of those who expressed a transgender identity or gender non-conformity while in school (K-12) experienced harassment, 35% were physically assaulted, and 12% were sexually assaulted. Bullying has long-term implications as well: 15% of those harassed trans kids left school before earning their diploma, lowering […]

  • #30 Days of Action

    …to Reduce Violence Against Transgender and Gender Non-binary People November 2016 Take Action! November 1, 2016 – Bullying November 2, 2016 – Companion App November 3, 2016 – Homelessness November 4, 2016 – Get a GED November 5, 2016 – Help systems to be trauma-informed November 6, 2016 – Support raising minimum wage November 7, […]

  • Gender-Integrated Shelters: Experience and Advice

    With the Violence Against Women Act’s new nondiscrimination provisions, more and more domestic violence shelters are considering expanding to serve all genders of survivors. Some shelters have housed male, transgender, and non-binary residents alongside non-trans women for years. How have they fared? What barriers did they have to overcome? What advice do they have for […]