Press releases

  • Valentine Road: Resources for viewers

    As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, HBO will be airing Valentine Road, on Monday, October 7, 2013.  This heartbreaking documentary depicts the 2008 murder of gender non-conforming 8th grader Larry King, weaving multiple story lines leading up to King’s death and beyond it. Filmmaker Marta Cunningham connects the viewer with reflections, memories, and opinions […]

  • LGBT-inclusive VAWA

    Transgender and LGB Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Now Have New Protections FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2013 October 1, 2013 is the start date for a ground-breaking new federal law protecting transgender and gender non-conforming people, and FORGE is delighted to announce that it has received funding to continue supporting victim service […]

  • Writing to Heal begins August 19, 2013

    The next Writing to Heal course (online) is just around the corner, starting August 19, 2013.  Please join us! Writing to Heal: Soothing the Soul (through words, images, and experiential activities) is a dynamic, experiential and reflective writing-based course that encourages and allows participants to transform feelings about past abuse, assault or violence into empowered […]

  • ESPAVO Philadelphia Photo Shoot

    About the Espavo Project The ESPAVO Project is a photographic and narrative project designed to increase personal healing and empowerment for trans* and gender non-conforming individuals and loved ones who have experienced sexual violence.  The project’s goal is to increase personal healing and empowerment for trans* and gender non-conforming survivors and loved ones, as well […]

  • T-shirt design winner

    Congratulations to Chelsea O’Neil, the winner of the 2013 FORGE T-Shirt contest!  Chelsea’s design captures the FORGE PrideFest booth theme of “Do your hugs come with strings attached?” This phrase is part of a multi-faceted campaign to promote healthy relationships.  The phrase can hold many different meanings, allowing every individual to creatively interpreting it in […]

  • Violence Against Women Act Becomes Trans-Inclusive

    Today history was made by succeeding in protecting transgender and gender non-conforming (as well as lesbian, gay, and bisexual) victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking from discrimination by services funded by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The LGBT non-discrimination amendment to the VAWA reauthorization, passed today by the U.S. House […]

  • New LGBT Elder Abuse Materials Available

    FORGE’s Transgender Aging Network, in partnership with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (NRCLA), is very pleased to announce the publication of new materials on LGBT elder abuse, available at One of the new publications, “A Self-Help Guide for LGBT Older Adults and their Caregivers and Loved Ones: Preventing, Recognizing, and Addressing Elder […]

  • Trans Black History Month

    February is Black History month. We honor and recognize the African-American trans individuals and loved ones who boldly step forward to acknowledge the intersections of race and gender, and so much more.  The organizations, blogs, individuals, and films listed below are just a few of the great leaders and activists in our community. This newsletter […]

  • [Milwaukee] Vigil for Evon Young

    Evon Young’s family is holding a vigil today – January 29, 2013.  Show your support for his family and community by attending this evening’s 7:00pm vigil at 52nd and Custer. [map] Evon Young, 22, also known as the rapper “Yung LT,” disappeared on January 1, 2013 and is believed to have been killed by acquaintances […]

  • [Milwaukee] Homicide of Evon Young

    FORGE has learned of the death of Milwaukee-based rapper Evon Young, age 22.  Young was reported missing by his mother Annette Cross-Perry on January 2, 2013. Five people have been charged in connection with Young’s disappearance and murder.  Two have been charged with first degree intentional homicide, and the three others with substantial battery.  Police […]