Come out and lets talk!!!!


THE TRANS(FORMING) HOUSE FUND


Trans, intersex and Gender non-conforming people of color assigned female at birth (AFAB) deal with stigma, bias, and systematic oppression. With an increase in police harassment of POC and immigration raids, many people have less access to housing. The few Trans & GNC spaces accessible have less than 5% of the housing space designated for Trans, intersex, and GNC individuals, assigned female at birth. It is important for us to continue "making what we need". This is why we need your support to fund a Trans(forming) house. Donate and share to support the cause and check out the rest of the website for more information about our work.

Donations also being accepted via cashapp: $Transforming

History was made at the FIRST National Trans March!!!



Trans(forming)  urges you to join us next year at the next . We will march again in support of equal rights and inclusion for our community. March with us to demand justice for our siblings whose lives were taken through senseless murders and negatively impacted by discrimination. 

Prison Project

Trans(forming) is proud to present our prison project. As many of us know trans men, intersex, gender non-conforming people of color, assigned female at birth (including those who ID as male/ man) and those who are questioning are often targeted by law enforcement. Many are misgendered, mistreated and have little access to transitional needs while incarcerated. We have made contact with our local prisons and are connecting with as many trans men, intersex, gender non-conforming people assigned female at birth (including those who ID as male/ man) and those who are questioning.

A lot of times while incarcerated they don't have many outlets. One of our members chose to express the struggles of everyday life inside for a trans masculine individual through writing to tell his story.
Below are poems by a member of Trans(forming) currently incarcerated.

Why are you so demanding?
Your beliefs are not my beliefs
Demanding me to be a she
When in all reality I am a he
Stop reprimanding me
Stop judging me
Just listen to me 
Just love me
                                                                                                  Because I'm not apologizing.
                                                                                                             -Novelty
                                                                                                  

                                                                                                "I Am"
                                                                                                I am
                                                                                                What I am
                                                                                                I will wear my suite and tie
                                                                                                Because I can 
                                                                                                Sex wise doctors say female
                                                                                                But when I strap it on
                                                                                                To penetrate her she says I'm all male
                                                                                                So what's the problem? 
                                                                                                Does anybody really know
                                                                                                Or are you that close minded
                                                                                                That your minds are locked doors
                                                                                                Internally I am He
                                                                                                Externally it says She
                                                                                                Until I disguise my outer being
                                                                                                I am
                                                                                                What I am
                                                                                                And I will wear my beard and tie
                                                                                                Because I can.
                                                                                                       -Novelty

Photo courtesy of: California Innocence Project

AFAB Folks & the PoliceWhy We Must Transform the Narrative of Policing Black Communities:



Written by Dorcas Adedoja


Coverage on racial injustice and policing tends to focus on cisgender (non-trans) black men. Society’s default to cis (non-trans) masculinity explains the constricting ways police brutality is discussed, and it is imperative we do better. #SayHerName brought glimpses of the experiences of cisgender (non-trans) women into conversations surrounding hyper-policing in black communities. However, the black trans experience interacting with police has continuously been an afterthought. The infamous cases of CeCe McDonald and Mya Hallalong with Laverne Cox’s portrayal of an incarcerated black trans woman in the hit series Orange is the New Black brought the hyper criminalization black trans womxn face at the hands of the police to national attention. Despite this, there was a collective failure to establish a communal literacy about how police violence impacts black trans life at large. Both transfeminine and transmasculine people were left without their needs met, and community learned visibility is not enough to spark understanding of black trans reality. It also can be argued that Black transmasculine and/or gender non-confirming people were largely missing from the national conversation of policing in black communities outside of Poussey’s infamous death in the Orange is the New Black series. 


Ky Peterson’s case thrusted the black trans-masculine experience of criminalization into the national scope. Ky, a black trans man, was arrested and imprisoned after murdering his rapist. A rape kit performed on Ky tested positive, yet he was still unjustly incarcerated. Ky’s case was riveting due to the combination of racial and gender-based violence he experienced. Activists had to sit with the reality that trans-masculine people are sexually assaulted and slapped with serious jail time for defending themselves. In fact, transmasculine people tend to experience sexual and domestic violence at higher rates than their cis counterparts. This emphasized that the nuances surrounding black transmasculine identity are pivotal aspects that can no longer be swept under the rug. Although Ky’s case briefly shook the nation, reports on police failing black transmasculine people went back into the shadows after the wave of sensationalism calmed. 

Fast forward to now, and it is clear the epidemic of police violence against black transmasculine people around the nation never ended. Kimberle Crenshaw’s intersectionality framework can be utilized to explain the phenomenon, however, it is important to elaborate on what “intersectionality” is.


Crenshaw argued some members of society experience a multiplicity of oppressions simultaneously because of who they are, creating an entirely new oppressive experience because of systemic inability to effectively address the nuances that exist within marginalized groups. This is the case for transmasculine black people in the correctional system.  

The status of being black and transmasculine alone drastically increases the likelihood of police interaction in the lifetime as studies have shown the following:


· Black people are disproportionately targeted by the police for stop-and-frisk sequences along with traffic stops.


· Black people are given disproportionately lengthier sentences than their white counterparts for the same crimes


· Trans people are more likely to experience domestic, physical, verbal, sexual, and emotional violence compared to their cisgender (non-trans) counterparts


· Trans people face higher levels unemployment, employment discrimination, and homelessness


The constant exposure to acute violence while possessing a skin color systemically hunted by the state creates a new dimension of oppression for black transmasculine people. There are a variety of ways black transmasculine community members end up in the hands of law enforcement: rightfully defending themselves against a bigot, traffic ticket encounters gone wrong, or persistent life stress that pushes them into a mental health crisis the police are called to address. All of this is aggravated by society’s limited understanding of trans masculinity as trans people do not have the same needs as cis ones. Other aspects of personhood, such as having a disability or being undocumented, can also exacerbate the oppressive conditions our members must navigate. As a result, this group often goes without their needs met. 


Black trans-masculine people need new, innovative movement strategies that hold space for their experiences.


Black trans-masculine people especially need resources that enable them to improve their quality of life (i.e. housing, employment environments where they can thrive). 


Trans(forming) works to provide our community with the resources they need through our prison project, monthly membership meetings, and Trans(forming) house. Each week members of the Trans(forming) leadership team meet with community members behind bars and execute affirming programming. Monthly membership meetings are for our members who are not incarcerated and serve as an opportunity for community to be in fellowship with each other and discuss tough topics in a safe environment (Ex. dating, surgery, etc). While we are currently searching for a new location for the Trans(forming) house, it is a space for community members in need of short-term housing and our answer to the systemic housing crisis trans people are consistently placed in. Trans(forming)’s organizational model has supported community members in prison, seen them through to their release, and provided the holistic care needed until they could be on their feet again. 


Trans(forming) wants people to know transmasculine, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people have value regardless of the way police, horrible family members, or coworkers from hell treat them. We are living in hard and heavy times, but we still have each other. Below is our organization CashApp along with those of a few of our members fighting for their freedom. There is an urgent need to financially support trans-masculine people during this time, and we ask for your urgent solidarity.

Organizational cash app: $Transforming

Member Cash Apps:

$Tuff2
$JamelYoung
$MisterCris
$DeanSteed


 
Thanks everyone who came out we had a ball!!!
 
Go to their website to learn more about a hiring day near y0u!!!
 


Trans(forming) has been dealing with a sharp rise in police brutality inciso stay alert.
Most importantly, do not hesitate to reach out to Trans(forming) for support. Please remember you have value regardless of the way police, horrible family members, or coworkers from hell treat you. We are living in hard and heavy times, but we still have each other.  Below are the cash apps of a few of our members we encourage you to support. There is an urgent need to financially support trans people during this time.

$Tuff2
$JamelYoung
$MisterCris
$DeanSteed














Trans(forming) is deeply disturbed by the latest trend of fatal violence against black trans-feminine people. These stories are not new, and this collectively serves as another urgent reminder that we all have to do better to ensure trans-feminine people are protected and put in situations to thrive.

Trans(forming) is honored to trust black trans-feminine leadership and be an organization that is privileged to work alongside leaders in LaGender and G.L.I.T.S.

To the trans-feminine people we know:
We love you, cherish you, and will keep you in our thoughts during this hard time. We encourage our base to financially support the girls and put their money where their mouth is. Links to organizations ran by sisters we proudly work alongside can be found below.


LaGender Inc: 
https://connect.clickandpledge.com/Organization/50617/campaign/lagendersupport

G.L.I.T.S:
https://secure.squarespace.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5993b21f2994cae8c283f566&ss_cid=2acc1da0-b5e4-43bd-974e-20387d79a6fa&ss_cvisit=1560283394767&ss_cvr=27eebe1d-5f38-4846-8abd-a64bd2af3093%7C1553457398944%7C1559188806743%7C1560283393981%7C6



Trans(forming) is proud to be a sponsor of the Stormé-Murray Project founded by our social media liason: Dorcas! The Stormé-Murray Project is a support network for LGBTQ+ folks of color interested navigating higher education. The Project is currently seeking people interested in joining the network, those willing to serve as mentors, and more.

Be sure follow the page on Instagram @Stormrayproject


If interested, even to just be on their mailing list: fill out the interest form here


This Month's Did You Know...
 
Trans(forming) is membership based organization.

We have a clothing closet and assist with clothing for those in need.

To become  member we ask that folks:
  • Pay membership dues of $30 yearly. ($15 for youth and low income)
  • Attend a minimum of 4 Trans(forming) events a year

Cash App: $Transforming



BT IS MARRIED



You read that right! BT,
a founding member of Trans(forming),
 MARRIED
his fiancé Valarie!


            



 

Stay tuned for more info about their reception! 

  

Thank you Dr. Foote!

Our April meeting with Dr. Foote was one for the books. She took us to school on everything! We deeply appreciate her time and highly recommend her as a community resource. She is a specialist in the areas of urethra, UTI, and orchiectomy! Check out her official website to learn more and get in contact with her!




Trump Administration Clears Medical Providers to Deny LGBTQ+ People Lifesaving Care 

Medical providers can now refuse to treat LGBTQ+ individuals due to their "religious beliefs". 

The Trump administration has continued the onslaught of attacks against trans folks by the adoption of this policy. It was reported that 1 in 5 trans or gender non-conforming people have been refused care due to their gender identity or expression prior to the passing of this policy, and we now expect these numbers to rise. While this is a serious blow, we still have some resources on our side.

Below is a list of online medical directories of doctors who claim to be safe for LGBTQ+ patients. Click on the words to take you to the pages because they are hyperlinked!

*** It is important to note that these websites may not be screening doctors. Additionally, some doctors may overestimate how safe they are for LGBTQ+ communities. We encourage you to do a bit of research on your own, but these directories are a good start.***

Our trusted allies in Atlanta are Dr. Foote (urology) and Dr. Smiddy (endocrinology, hormone doctor/internal medicine)



MOREHOUSE COLLEGE TO ADMIT TRANS MEN IN 2020
(but don't clap too soon)



Morehouse has decided to accept trans men starting in 2020, however, we should not be so desperate for good news that we clap for anything we get.

Trans and gender non-conforming alumni of the college are mostly rallying against this policy. They deserve our support. 

The main argument: 

The policy will exclude anyone who does not fully conform to manhood and will allow Morehouse administration to use gender policing to target students for de-enrollment. 
Notable alumni, like award winning Black LGBTQ+ researcher Jafari Allen, have went as far as penning public letters to the college president that Trans(forming) strongly encourages you all to read.

Some may argue that Morehouse is a men's college so only men should be there. However, we cannot forget that Morehouse enacted an exclusionary dress code policyin 2009 banning men from wearing "feminine garments".

It would be no surprise if Morehouse discriminates against trans men who apply by requiring they have certain surgeries, physiques, and gender expression before matriculation. It should be understood that gender policing in any form is anti-trans.

Morehouse alumni make it clear that trans men will not be safe on this campus as is.

We should listen to students who have survived Morehouse and continue to hold the institution accountable to ensure trans men who may decide to attend the institution can thrive in a safe environment.

A CALL TO ACTION

Atrans-masculine student at Pitzer College, Victor Bene (they/them pronouns), received death threats via email due to their Black and trans identity. Administration has responded by banning them from campus. Please sign this petition to help them graduate.

Victor reached out and asked for assistance applying pressure to the institution to hold them accountable for their inaction. They are specifically calling for the resignation of the dean of students, Sandra Vasquez, as she sent Victor even more threatening emails while there were active threats against their life. 

It is unacceptable what young black trans people have to go through to receive their education. Please support this student by signing the petition, emailing, and calling for Sandra Vasquez to be held accountable for her inaction. Young trans scholars of color are our future and we must support them at all costs.

APRIL MEETING Q&A W/ DR. FOOTE THIS SATURDAY
APRIL 13TH AT 3PM
LOCATION TBA



RSVP by:
  • Selecting the  "Going" option in our event in our private Trans(forming) group
  • Emailing info@trans-forming.org 
  • Texting RSVP to 267-423-6160 with your name


Dr. Foote, a urologist who has served the trans community for many years in the areas of urethra, UTI, and orchiectomy, has agreed to have a community question and answer session with us. Come with your questions and do not miss out! This event will be open to all who fall under the trans umbrella along with their close supporters. This conversation will serve as our April meeting.


More about Dr. Foote:

Vice president of Midtown Urology Dr. Jenelle Foote is certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgery. Dr. Foote has been recognized for her medical achievements both locally and nationally. She was named one of Atlanta Magazine's Best Docs and was featured in Women in Medicine magazine. Dr. Foote's peers also selected her as an outstanding practicing doctor in Atlanta Super Doctors, and Black Health Magazine nominated her at the 2012 National Black Health Award Banquet as one of Atlanta’s most influential African American doctors. Originally from Ohio, Dr. Foote went to Philadelphia to receive her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Foote remained in Philadelphia to complete her surgical residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. She then relocated to Denver, Colorado to complete her training in urology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Foote finished her fellowship in female urology, incontinence, and reconstructive surgery at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. Dr. Foote is a member of several professional associations and societies including the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, and the Society of Women in Urology. Dr. Foote is also a diplomat of the American Board of Urology. Besides patient care, Dr. Foote is actively involved in clinical research as the principal investigator at Midtown Urology and regularly speaks at professional and public events. As a passionate physician in her field, Dr. Foote enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with students and is a clinical assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.




Don't miss out! Trans(forming) helps all trans and GNC folks fill out name change paperwork and pay for name change application filling. This is the last week to email Trans(forming) if you are interested in our name change services! To get connected, email BT at BT@trans-forming.org with Name Change as the subject line. 

Trans(forming) helps all trans and GNC folks fill out passport paperwork and pay for passport application filling. Next week Friday, December 14th is our last passport clinic. To RSVP for this event, email BT at BT@trans-forming.org with Passport Clinic as the subject line as there are limited slots. 

We are approaching the end of the year and wanted to remind you that Trans(forming) is still accepting donations and giving to us is tax-deductible! We are one of few black trans-led organizations throwing down for our people and your support makes a huge impact. You can continue to support us by giving via:

Cash App: $Transforming

Check: Mail to 
2861 East Point Street
East Point, GA 30344
                                                                                                        Happy holidays!!!






Thank you to everyone who came to turn up with Trans(forming), Women on the Rise, La Gender, Racial Justice Action Center, and Solutions not Punishment! It was a night to remember!
          Trans(forming) Membership Survey 

Please fill out our membership survey so we can keep in touch. 

Thank you for everyone for supporting Trans(forming) this past giving Tuesday! Whether you got a laugh out of our social media campaign, gave funds, or shared our donation link with friends, we appreciate your membership! 

In case you missed it, it is still not too late to give! We are accepting donations at $Transforming on cash app! Checks can also be mailed to 

2861 East Point St
East Point, GA 30344

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Hello All,
Trans(forming) has created a poll
so that we can get better at doing what we do best. All suggestions will be considered. Please do your best to be as clear as possible. Partners are welcome to share their views in this poll. We thank you for your time. We look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting. The subject will be announced soon, so stay tuned.
-Trans(forming)

Today marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee just after 6pm. We choose not to focus solely on his death but on his triumphs as well. Please enjoy this recording of his acceptance speech for his Nobel Peace Prize (October 14, 1964-Oslo, Norway). While many focus strictly on Dr.King's "I Have A Dream" speech there are many more to enjoy for free. You will find audio and video of some of his letters and 30+ speeches. Please take some time to enjoy more of his brilliance.

Happy 11 years Of Making A Difference! We hope to have many more.


To celebrate our 11 years of service we are asking for donations. Remember, giving to us is tax-deductible


We are one of few black trans-led organizations throwing down for our people and your support makes a huge impact.


Donations are best  Debit/Credit via Cash App, Cash and Check. Thank you all for all of the love and support.  


Checks: Address to Transforming and mail to 
2861 East Point Street
East Point, GA 30344

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