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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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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), MARRIEDhis fiancé Valarie!
Stay tuned for more info about their reception!
Trump Administration Clears Medical Providers to Deny LGBTQ+ People Lifesaving Care
MOREHOUSE COLLEGE TO ADMIT TRANS MEN IN 2020
(but don't clap too soon)
Trans and gender non-conforming alumni of the college are mostly rallying against this policy. They deserve our support.
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.
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.
- Selecting the "Going" option in our event in our private Trans(forming) group
- Emailing email@example.com
- Texting RSVP to 267-423-6160 with your name
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.
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
East Point, GA 30344
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.
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.
We help support our members no matter where they are
Our organization is member based, so we could always use an extra hand helping those in need