• 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, […]