Archive for the ‘News’ Category

  • Day 26 – Pay attention to new developments

    #30DaysOfAction . In the current U.S. political environment, anti-trans policy changes and proposals are being put forward with alarming frequency. These developments often fly under the mainstream radar due to other new distressing developments that affect many more people. There are two primary reasons why we need to pay attention to these anti-trans developments. First […]

  • Day 25 – Make life better for incarcerated trans people

    #30DaysOfAction . Sixteen percent (16%) of transgender people have been in jail or prison [compared to 4.9% of American (non-trans) males and 0.5% of American (non-trans) females]. These rates skyrocket for American Indian trans people (30%) and African-American trans people (47%).  Seven percent (7%) reported being arrested or held in a cell strictly due to […]

  • Day 24 – Buy trans books, read trans books, donate trans books

    #30DaysOfAction . November 24, 2018 is Small Business Saturday, making this action step an opportunity to do several good deeds at once! Buy a trans book from a small publisher, read it, and then donate it so someone who cannot afford to buy their own books can benefit from yours. Here’s where to buy some […]

  • Day 23 – Access (or help a trans survivor access) healing resources

    #30DaysOfAction . 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 you learn about safer behaviors and environments.   FORGE has many free online tools to help survivors and those around them learn what happens in trauma […]

  • Day 22 – Increase the trans-savviness of professionals you know

    #30DaysOfAction . One of the biggest reasons trans and non-binary people are underserved is that many of us avoid asking for help or services in case the people we ask for help turn out to be transphobic and/or ignorant of how to treat us respectfully.  Everyone can help fix this problem by ensuring that the […]

  • Day 21 – Surviving the holidays: Thanksgiving and being trans

    #30DaysOfAction . The holidays can be hard for some transgender and non-binary individuals. Some trans folks don’t have supportive families to go home to, or may want to minimize the amount of time spent with family.  Others may need to work or be too far away from their family (or family of choice) to spend […]

  • Day 20 – Remember those who died

    #30DaysOfAction . Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). Many communities around the country hold formal vigils to mark this day and remember those who died as a result of anti-trans violence. Each community and each individual chooses to honor the lives lost in the past year in unique ways. Some with candles and […]

  • Day 19 – Engage in safety planning

    #30DaysOfAction . Did you know that between 31 and 50% of trans people experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime?  This data is from a November 2015 report from The Williams Institute, “Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Abuse Among LGBT People: A review of existing research.” When intimate partner violence occurs, it is not […]

  • Day 18 – Decrease Body Stigma

    #30DaysOfAction . One way we can decrease violence against trans and non-binary people is to encourage ourselves and each other to radically and unapologetically LOVE our bodies.  Trans and non-binary people are saturated with messages that our bodies are not whole, handsome, beautiful, just the way they are.  Trans people are inundated with messages that […]

  • Day 17 – Become (and help others become) trauma-informed

    #30DaysOfAction . Have you heard of the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study? If not, you owe it to yourself and everyone else to learn about it. It showed that traumatic events in childhood were absolutely and strongly linked to mid- and late-life physical as well as mental health problems, including premature death. This is particularly […]