10 Organizations Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Communities

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10 Organizations Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Communities

LGBTQIA+
Bre D’Alessio South
By Bre D’Alessio South
Nov 05, 2020
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The month of November is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness for transgender and gender non-conforming communities across the country. Hundreds of organizations and local community centers work tirelessly each day to provide visibility, medical access, and support to the transgender community. We highlighted a handful of organizations that are doing their part to raise awareness.

November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance that honors the lives and memory of transgender people whose lives were lost due to anti-transgender violence. You can participate in many ways, even virtually, during this day and throughout Transgender Awareness Week.

Below is a list of organizations supporting transgender and non-conforming individuals throughout the country. We know this list is far from complete. If you have an organization you wish to include, please drop us a note.

GLSEN

GLSEN, a non-profit organization created in 1990, was founded by a group of teachers who were committed to creating positive affirming environments for LGBTQIA+ youth. Their work ties into advising and advocating for policies that protect LGBTQIA+ students and offer a network of 43 chapters in 30 states across the country.

GLSEN offers a series of programs as part of their curriculum that is offered throughout the year for students to participate in, no matter where they live. Programs like “No Name-Calling Week” is an action-orientated program designed to end bullying and promote kindness. Another program, “Changing the Game” focuses on the development and expansion of LGBTQIA+ curriculum and sport for students. You can learn more about all of GLSEN’s programs here.

Kind Clinic

Kind Clinic is a community health center with multiple locations throughout Central Texas. Since its inception in 2015, Kind Clinic has worked tirelessly to provide sexual wellness and health care for all, focusing on the LGBTQIA community. In addition to their general and testing services, Kind Clinic offers Gender Affirming Care to patients at no cost.

Their mission is rooted in the belief and understanding that quality gender health care should be available to all regardless of insurance or identity. Their team also partners with Austin Medical-Legal Partnership who can help assist patients with any government changes such as name change.

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality, located in Washington D.C. was founded in 2003 with a mission to advocate for policy change for the transgender community. Their work stretches past D.C. to communities all over the country to provide education, resources, and justice.

The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates within all areas of social justice when it comes to transgender rights, including aging, employment, health care, housing, and immigration. A full list of the issues that are consistently working to improve for the community can be found here.

The Trevor Project

One of the most nationally recognized organizations, The Trevor Project was created in 1998 to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention for the LGBTQIA community. The Trevor Lifeline is the only national 24/7 crisis hotline for LGBTQIA youth and is also available through chat or text options. The Trevor Project also has worked to create extensive resources and education for suicide prevention training across various sectors of work.

Their community resources include Trevor Ambassadors, and the Trevor Advocacy Network, which focus on local volunteer groups in select cities who can work on policy and legislation change.

If you are in crisis, please reach out to the 24/7 Trevor Hotline at 1-866-488-7386

TransTech Social Enterprises

TransTech Social Enterprises was founded in 2014 by Angelica Ross. Ross had a vision to create a community and safe space for trans people to “come together, work together, go to lunch together.” The goal was to create an empowering community for transgender individuals to network, learn and advance their careers.

The free professional membership helps provide transgender and non-conforming professionals access to educational and career-specific workshops. TransTech Social has an in-person co-working space in Chicago, but members can join virtually from all over. In addition to career workshops, the network includes access to mentors, job boards, and other community events designed to excel in any career.

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Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is a nonprofit that was founded in 2003 to provide legal support for transgender and non-conforming individuals. Their work focuses on ending discrimination and providing equality for the transgender community. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has made strides and headlines in significant cases regarding employment, health care, and public accommodation rights.

One significant piece of work their team continues to provide is the Name Change Project. This project offers pro-bono legal services to low-income transgender and gender non-conforming people. Individuals are partnered with law firms and attorneys across the county.

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a non-profit organization and hotline that provides emotional and financial support to anyone in crisis within the transgender community. Initially, Trans Lifeline was created as a peer support hotline for those in crisis and quickly grew. What was once a volunteer-run organization now employs transgendered individuals as paid operators and leads.

Their resources have also expanded by a partnership with the Trans Assistance Project. This merge offers microgrants to trans people for such things as legal name changes and other updated government documents. Applications are accepted during specific windows and so far the organization has provided $635,445 in grants to transgender and non-binary individuals.

If you are in crisis please reach out to the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860

Trans Women of Color Collective

The Trans Women of Color Collective organization provides leadership and a voice for transgender youth. The goal of the organization is to create a safe environment to restore justice for transgender and gender non-conforming communities by fostering a community of future leaders.

Their visibility campaigns provide education and social justice through the sharing of lived experiences. These campaigns focus on education, safety, and housing for the transgendered community and work in collaboration with other agencies for continued support.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation

The Trans Youth Equality Foundation is a non-profit located in Portland, Maine that advocates for transgender and gender non-conforming youth between the ages of 2-18 years old. Their work partners with families, educators, and service providers to help ensure a safe environment for all transgender children.

Throughout the year, Trans Youth Equality Foundation offers education workshops and retreats that focus on providing individuals with the building blocks and knowledge to create their own support group within their community. In addition, their team also hosts the podcast TransWaves which offers a collection of interviews with allies, advocates, activists, and trans youth making a change in the world.

Out Youth

Out Youth was founded in 1990 in Austin, TX with the priority goal of being a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth. While their mission has expanded and grown over the years, they still hold true to their initial intention. The safe space for LGBTQIA+ is still central to their mission and has created more resources and visibility. Out Youth provides training, programs, and resources for parents and community members to ensure LGBTQIA+ youth are supported and grow up in healthy environments at school and at home.

In addition to providing resources, Out Youth has their own therapist network which includes therapists who have agreed to reserve a spot for an LGBTQIA+ youth or young adult for a low-cost fee. This is to ensure access to therapy is never a barrier.

Thank You To Our Advocates

There are millions of individuals who work each day to provide visibility and support for the transgender, and gender non-conforming community. Organizations and individuals who spend their time advocating for justice, policy change, and ensuring rights are created and upheld. We thank each and every one of you for creating a safer and more inclusive world.

Bre D’Alessio South

Bre D’Alessio South

Bre D’Alessio South is the content marketing manager and managing editor of RxSaver. Her writing focuses on health care, mental health, and gender rights. At RxSaver, she also serves as co-lead for the employee resource group caRe, which focuses on mental health and chronic health support in the workplace.

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