Press releases

  • New article: Sheltering Transgender Women

    Sheltering Transgender Women: Providing Welcoming Services FORGE welcomed another opportunity to work with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in creating this new Technical Assistance Guidance document: Sheltering Transgender Women: Providing Welcoming Services (September 2014). This Technical Assistance Guidance highlights effective strategies for integrating trans women into shelter, building on the knowledge that most shelter […]

  • Your voice counts!

    If you were to dream big and be able to design services, events, and programs for the trans*/non-binary/SOFFA community that would also specifically meet your needs and goals, what features would you most like to see? Share your ideas: take the survey if you live in Wisconsin or northern Illinois! We particularly encourage the […]

  • Toolkit: Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault

    In recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, the Office for Victims of Crime  is pleased to announce the release of a new online guide, Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault (, to help educate those who respond to transgender sexual assault victims. This toolkit was created in collaboration between FORGE and […]

  • OVC Web Forum – Save the Date!

    Online Discussion on Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims: June 25, 2014 11am-noon PT, noon-1pm MT, 1-2pm CT, 2-3pm ET Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Save the date for the 2nd Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Web Forum on Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims.  In commemoration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, […]

  • Give Out Day 2014!

    It’s Give Out Day again on May 15, 2014 — a day devoted to supporting LGBTQ organizations. You can make a difference in the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and loved ones by making a donation to FORGE during this short 24 hour window of unprecedented giving. Learn more about FORGE by going […]

  • LGBT Advocates Commend New VAWA Non-Discrimination Guidance Guidance

    As advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, we applaud the Department of Justice for issuing strong implementing guidelines for the historic non-discrimination provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), ensuring that LGBT survivors of violence receive equal services and treatment free from unlawful discrimination. The recently released Frequently Asked Questions about […]

  • FORGE Applauds New Protections for Transgender, LGBQ Survivors of Violence

    April 9, 2014 Today the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released its long-awaited FAQs on how it will be implementing the new law forbidding any Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)-funded entity from discriminating on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. FORGE is extremely pleased with the guidance.  The following summarizes what we […]

  • Syd Robinson named in #Trans100

    FORGE Fellow Syd Robinson Honored by Trans 100 FORGE is proud to announce that Syd Robinson, one of FORGE’s eight 2014 Fellows, was listed in this year’s Trans 100, an annual listing of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from across the country who are actively working to improve the lives of people in the trans […]

  • WI-STAR Launches

    To start responding to the priorities and concerns expressed by participants in the February 7, 2014 Trans* Leadership Institute, FORGE is very pleased to announce the launch of WI-STAR: Wisconsin Statewide Trans* Advocacy Roundtable.  The purpose of WI-STAR is to: Network Wisconsin-based advocates who are committed to issues of trans* advocacy and/or education, fostering communication […]

  • FORGE Fellows program begins

    In late 2013, FORGE envisioned starting a program to foster trans* leadership.   Seven SE-Wisconsin-based trans* advocates have accepted FORGE’s invitation to join our first-ever, year-long FORGE Fellows Program. Monthly group meetings will be supplemented with regular, ongoing individual conversations to ensure that each Fellow develops and pursues an individualized workplan to reach their personal advocacy […]