Archive for the ‘News’ Category

  • Day 10: Help stop sexual harassment against trans employees

    According to the U.S. Transgender Survey (http://www.ustranssurvey.org/), 30% of employed trans people report being fired, denied a promotion, or experiencing some other form of mistreatment in the workplace each year. Did you know there may be a legal remedy for that? It stems from the federal Title VII prohibition against sex discrimination. A well-established principle […]

  • Day 9: Use “I’m Here for You” Cards

    Many trans and non-binary people have experienced trauma. If what you think when someone you know tells you they have experienced trauma is, “I don’t know what to say!” FORGE has a card that can help. Our free “I’m here for you!” cards list eight simple things anyone can do for and with a trauma […]

  • Day 8: Buy trans books, read trans books, donate trans books

    Remember books? “Most” trans, non-binary, and lesbian, gay, or bisexual high school students in a 2017 GLSEN national survey (https://www.glsen.org/research/2017-national-school-climate-survey-0) said they “did not have access to information about LGBTQ-related topics in their school library, through their internet on school computers, or in their textbooks or other assigned readings.” That’s the state of accessibility of […]

  • 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, […]