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Creating Change trans leadership lab:

Experts will discuss and provide the latest recommendations, best practices, and tools on how to navigate direct actions, interactions with law enforcement, interpersonal violence, and digital security.


Tuck Woodstock (they/them), Gender Reveal Host and Sylveon Consulting Co-Founder

Audra Cowin (they/she), Director of the Anti-Violence Program, OutFront Minnesota

Ko (they/them),Worker-Owner, Palante Technology Cooperative

Michael Munson (he/they), Executive Director, FORGE


Join the Trans Lifeline for “Peer Support, Agency, & Self Determination: Centering People’s Needs in Moments of Crisis.” Abolition requires us to not only eliminate policing and prisons, it also involves building avenues of community care outside of those systems. This hour-long panel discussion includes peer support experts from across the U.S. as they talk about how to provide care to folks who are experiencing crisis without turning to police intervention. Join us to find out more about amazing grassroots work happening across the U.S. and to learn how to better support your friends and loved ones.


Panelists Include:

  • Jess Stohlmann-Rainey (she/her), Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners
  • Caroline Mazel-Carlton (she/her), Wildflower Alliance
  • michael munson (he/him), FORGE
  • IV Staklo (he/they), Trans Lifeline
  • Moderated by Kiyo Kohchi (he/they), Trans Lifeline



“Who you gonna call?”  Often, when people encounter noisy neighbors, a possible intimate partner violence altercation, a person sleeping on a park bench, a teen asking for money or food outside a store, a trans woman walking down the street at night, or a suicidal friend, their immediate response is to call the police.  Although most people believe they are being helpful, calling the police may escalate the situation and even result in death.  “Who you gonna call?”  Learn more about the ghosts of the past, outdated, and ineffective ways of addressing conflict, human diversity, and mental health challenges without engaging the police.  Participants will leave with practical, alternative, and harm-reduction strategies, that will literally save trans and queer lives.

Care, compassion, and creativity: Trans survivors and forensic exams

Forensic exams are difficult for anyone.  Trans survivors face additional social, legal, and medical barriers to pursuing justice.  This workshop will explore how forensic nurse examiners and advocates can support trans survivors pursue evidence collection, minimizing barriers and increasing both physical and emotional comfort.


  • Identify at least one place in the pediatric and adult protocol that supports providers in sensitively providing care to trans survivors
  • Name three ways to lower barriers to trans survivors seeking forensic exams
  • List two resources for additional support and guidance in working with transgender survivors

The exact date and time for this webinar has not been finalized.  We would be happy to email you about event updates. Drop us a note at askforge@forge-forward.org.

Fostering Affirming and Welcoming Shelters: Trans People Are in the House

Every survivor has a unique story. Yet, victim service agencies often know little about transgender survivors’ or their stories. This workshop will share qualitative survivor and provider experiences, as well as provide quantitative data about the barriers, needs, successes, and strategies of working with transgender survivors who seek shelter.   This highly interactive workshop will support agencies in identifying areas within their agency where they can make changes – in attitude, behavior, and approach – that will improve their ability to effectively and successfully shelter transgender and non-binary survivors.


  1. Describe one trans-specific prevalence statistic about victimization and how it relates to the need to effective serve transgender survivors
  2. List three barriers trans survivors face when trying to access shelter services.
  3. Identify two areas within your agency where changes could be made to make services more welcoming, respectful, and accessible to transgender survivors.

The exact date and time for this webinar has not been finalized.  We would be happy to email you about event updates. Drop us a note at askforge@forge-forward.org.

Becoming a Trans-Welcoming Agency in 10 Easy (and Free!) Steps: What every agency can do

Action-focused, empowerment-driven. Participants will identify actions any agency can take to improve services to transgender/non-binary sexual violence survivors and loved ones. This information will help agencies identify simple steps to become more welcoming, informed, respectful—and how nearly every action can be FREE and very possible to implement (now!).

Bathrooms, Bullies, and Bystanders: Supporting Transgender Survivors

Restrictive legislation is limiting the basic right of trans/non-binary individuals to use public bathrooms. Youth, adults, politicians, parents, teachers, people of faith, (even some victim service providers) are too often engaging in anti-trans bullying and assault.  What can agencies do to both support trans communities and counter myths about sexual assault linkages to basic human rights.


  1. List three statistics about transgender or non-binary people and restrooms you didn’t know before the workshop.
  2. Identify at least one health risk to transgender individuals who are living in a culture where the basic right to bathroom access is being restricted or denied.
  3. Name two bystander intervention strategies you can share with colleagues.

The exact date and time for this webinar has not been finalized. We would be happy to email you about event updates. Drop us a note at askforge@forge-forward.org.

Trans/Non-binary Core Concepts for Victim Service Providers

We all have many identities and experiences that make us who we are. This is true for trans and non-binary victims or crime, as well. This session will review core information about who trans/NB survivors are, including prevalence and other victimization data. An exploration of common barriers trans survivors face will engage attendees in thinking broadly about the many intersections associated with gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, disability, age, economics, employment, access to health care, and many other factors that influence trans victims of crime from accessing services. Participants will leave with clear and concrete ideas of what they can do to better serve trans survivors of crime.

The exact date and time for this webinar has not been finalized. We would be happy to email you about event updates. Drop us a note at ASKFORGE@forge-forward.org.

“Safe, calm, healing space; applicable to a wide range of experiences with trauma, healing needs, and artistic interests.”

“I found out on Memorial Day that I will be homeless at the end of June. Reviewing the goody-bag today, with its simple things, left me feeling more alive, hopeful and in touch with myself than I have been in a week (survival mode/numbing). Thank you so much! I plan to use the art calendar to help me take care of myself while I’m uprooted.”

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