Press releases

  • Day 13 – Participate in World Kindness Day

    #30DaysOfAction . No one we know has had a good year. What better time, then, to recognize November 13, 2018 as World Kindness Day? The goal of World Kindness Day (and the Foundation that sponsors it) is “make kindness the norm.” The invitation is to intentionally “begin building a new routine which means including intentional […]

  • Day 12 – Use your social media to educate and support

    #30DaysOfAction . Social media is one of the easiest and most effective ways we have to raise awareness of and support for trans and non-binary individuals and families. Re-post what shows up on your own timeline or make your own posts. [You do follow trans groups like FORGE and the National Center for Transgender Equality, […]

  • Day 11 – It’s Veterans Day: Support trans veterans

    #30DaysOfAction . Many people are surprised to learn that transgender people are far more likely to be military veterans than most other population categories. As a whole, 20% of transgender people are veterans, compared to less than 1% of the general public. Trans elders are even more likely to be vets: 41% of trans elders […]

  • Day 10 – Use non-gendered language

    #30DaysOfAction . Use non-gendered language. As more and more people identify as neither female nor male, our language needs to become more inclusive. Here’s a useful chart of some ways to rephrase common terms: Want more advice?  Consider: http://theconversation.com/gender-neutral-communication-how-to-do-it-38383 http://www.writinghelp-central.com/gender-neutral.html https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/gender-inclusive-language/     Take Action! #30DaysOfAction #TDOR #Trans https://forge-forward.org/anti-violence/30-days-of-action-2018/ 

  • Day 9 – Free a bathroom from the binary

    #30DaysOfAction . One recent study of trans people found that 70% have experienced verbal harassment, assault, or were denied access when attempting to use public restrooms. More than half – 59% — reported experiencing some sort of physical/medical problem as a result of avoiding public restrooms, such as dehydration, kidney infections, and urinary tract infections. […]

  • Day 8 – Mentor a trans/non-binary teen

    #30DaysOfAction . Even trans and non-binary youth who have supportive parents can use more adult support and contact. Some of the actions you can take include: Finding out if your local Gay/Straight Alliance uses adult mentors, speakers, or volunteers. Check https://www.gsanetwork.org/national-directory to find the GSAs near you. No GSA near you? Consider helping start one: […]

  • Day 7 – Use “I’m Here for You” Cards

    #30DaysOfAction . 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 […]

  • Day 6 – Take a buddy voting!

    #30DaysOfAction . This midterm election will have major implications for transgender and non-binary people. The current Administration has enacted and proposed many policy changes designed to make life harder and less protected for trans and non-binary children, youth, adults, and their families. If that is not the future you want, do not give up your […]

  • FORGE Announces Hire of Shelley Gregory

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Milwaukee, WI – To increase FORGE’s capacity to provide services and supports to Wisconsin’s transgender and non-binary communities, FORGE is pleased to announce the addition of Shelley Gregory to our staff. Gregory (pronouns: any or they/them/theirs) will fill the newly created position of Strategic Project Coordinator. Working in partnership with Ashley Altadonna, […]

  • Day 5 – Introduce yourself with your pronouns

    #30DaysOfAction . 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, […]