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  • Day 7: Go with! Accompaniment has many forms

    The last three years have been very hard on trans and non-binary people, who have watched as right after right has been taken away and government official after government official has been quoted as making very anti-trans remarks. As a result of the worsening social environment trans and non-binary people have experienced, many report making […]

  • Day 6: Access (or help a trans survivor access) healing resources

    People who have been the victims of a crime are more likely to experience more crimes. That fact makes healing trauma a prevention measure: healing can help people learn about safer behaviors and environments. FORGE has many free online tools to help survivors and those around them learn what happens in trauma both immediately and […]

  • Day 5: Revel in trans beauty

    When FORGE first started training non-trans service professionals, we included pictures of trans people (with their overt permission!) in our presentations because many providers said they “didn’t know what a trans person looks like.” The world has changed a lot since those days. Trans people are main and secondary characters on TV and in films; […]

  • Day 4: Make your own Blue Couch

    Sometimes we need a little help from our friends (or a stranger) in order to share our emotions (and feel 100 times better). Ten years ago, Kleenex tissues launched a campaign called “Let it Out.”  They placed blue couches in very public areas – on a busy street’s sidewalk or in a high traffic park.  […]

  • Day 3: Creatively support people around TDOR

    This weekend many communities will be holding Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) events. TDOR is hard for many people. While some are comforted and feel supported by gathering together to mourn those who had their lives taken by anti-transgender violence, others find these events to bring on even more pain. For many, being reminded of […]

  • Day 2: Talk about non-binary identities

    Did you know that 6-27% of youth age 12-18 identify as non-binary (Williams Institute, 2017)?  Or, that in the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 35% of the 27,715 survey respondents identified as non-binary.  Clearly, a growing proportion of the trans+ community is made up of people who do not identify as either male or female. Some […]

  • Day 1: Introduce yourself!

    One of the more frequent and more painful things that often happens to trans and non-binary people is “misgendering.” Misgendering is when someone assumes someone else’s gender, and makes a mistake. Misgendering usually is signaled by the wrong choice of pronoun (he/she/they/another pronoun) and/or by using a gendered label for someone (lady, gentleman, mom, uncle, […]

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Retaliation Against Transgender and Non-Binary Employees

    Workplace retaliation is when an employer punishes an employee for doing something to assert their legal rights, such as filing a discrimination or harassment complaint. Examples of retaliation include: Termination of employment Pay or hours reduction Demotion or reassignment Disciplinary action Harassment Retaliation in the workplace is a form of employment discrimination and is illegal.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Harassment of Transgender and Non-Binary Individuals in the Workplace

    Harassment based on gender identity or expression is a form of sexual harassment. Regardless of the genders of the people involved, it is never appropriate for someone in the workplace to harass another person because of their gender identity or expression. When harassment happens at work, it is never your fault—you are not responsible for […]

  • LGBTQ Youth Bystander Video Project

    About this project: FORGE, a 25 year old transgender anti-violence organization, is undertaking a project designed to encourage people to support the well-being of LGBTQ children and youth by providing encouragement and support. We are collecting short videos, photos, and/or stories that showcase how an adult supported an LGBTQ person who was a child/youth at […]