Archive for the ‘News’ Category

  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    To raise awareness about domestic violence within transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary populations, FORGE will be posting helpful resources for victim service providers who work with domestic violence survivors.  Transgender- and DV-specific posts on Twitter or Facebook will provide information on archived webinars, publications, fact sheets, and relevant statistics. Stay current with hashtags: #DVAM #trans

  • New article: Sheltering Transgender Women

    Sheltering Transgender Women: Providing Welcoming Services FORGE welcomed another opportunity to work with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in creating this new Technical Assistance Guidance document: Sheltering Transgender Women: Providing Welcoming Services (September 2014). This Technical Assistance Guidance highlights effective strategies for integrating trans women into shelter, building on the knowledge that most shelter […]

  • Natalie Miller speaks at Moxie Awards

    • Date: September 20th, 2014
    • Subjects: News

    FORGE 2014 Fellow, Natalie Miller, speaking at the PFund Moxie Awards in Minneapolis, MN in September 2014.

  • September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month

    The largest transgender survey to date, published in 2011 under the name Injustice at Every Turn, finally put a number to a reality many in the trans* community already knew too well: 41% of trans individuals have at some time attempted suicide. Obviously, many factors can lead to suicide attempts and completions. Statistics show clearly […]

  • Sexual assault within the trans community

    Recently FORGE heard from a transgender individual who was devastated that they had been accused of sexually assaulting one individual and abusing others within the trans community in their city. They wrote, “Despite my now diminished mental health, I have no way to escape any of this. I have no way to prove to anyone […]

  • Is voting a violence-prevention issue?

    Is voting a violence-prevention issue? Citizens of Ferguson, MO – which has been embroiled in a very public controversy over police violence – may decide it is: it turns out, Time reported on September 8, that just 6% of African-American Ferguson residents voted in the 2013 municipal election. It is with that connection in mind […]

  • Trans barriers to recognizing abuse

    Those of us who train about transgender domestic violence and sexual assault survivors typically talk a lot about the additional barriers trans survivors face in identifying what they are experiencing as abuse (which, of course, is the necessary first step toward getting help). Earlier this month the website XOJane posted a column by a transwoman […]

  • Today is LGBT Center Awareness Day

    Today, September 15, is the sixth annual LGBT Center Awareness Day, this year co-sponsored by Centerlink: The Community of LGBT Centers and The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Professionals. There are more than 150 LGBT Centers playing pivotal roles in the LGBT communities where they exist. Such Centers serve as referral sources, meeting places, welcome […]

  • ESPAVO Photo shoot – Atlanta, GA

    Sign up today for your ESPAVO photo shoot in Atlanta, GA on October 12, 2014.  To learn more about the ESPAVO project, visit In Atlanta, look for Katie and Leigh in these bright yellow shirts. Online Ticketing for ESPAVO Project @ Atlanta Pride! powered by Eventbrite   Photographer: Leigh Houghtaling Leigh Houghtaling is the […]

  • Boats and anchors and trees, oh my!

    Did you miss the August 23, 2014 meeting to discuss goals and ideas for programming and getting what you want?   We had a great time talking about boats, anchors, trees, flying squirrels as part of identifying needs and desires, as well as figuring out some of the challenges that get in the way of creating […]