TWOCC halfway to their goal of raising $10K to support their important work. Let’s help push them over and beyond!
TWOCC was established almost one year ago after the brutal murder of Islan Nettles, a black trans woman in New York City. Since then we have brought visibility to this case and uplifted the narratives of struggle and resilience from our communities. From our multiple appearances at conferences, to our various talks, and our numerous accountability sessions we are facilitating a new space for trans women of color leadership to flourish in the movement.
Companies that offer custom-made clothing for transgender and gender non-conforming people are coming to the forefront, as more diverse models gain visibility in the fashion industry – and redefine the parameters of gender identity. Ivette Feliciano reports.
The first time a parent of a transgender child asked me for advice, I was thrown for a loop. Ten years ago, I couldn’t quite fathom the reality that a family would actually seek to support their child. Limited as it was, my perception came from the notion that any of us desiring a gender transition had to pursue that as an adult, and that we do so only as a last resort. If anyone were to support our journey, we should feel deeply grateful.
However, a handful of parents had begun looking for guidance. I wondered what resources might exist for families. My search turned up what theirs already had: very little. Written resources, knowledgeable providers and inclusive policies at schools were all things that these parents expected to find but were extremely scarce.
I launched an event solely for these families — the Gender Odyssey Family Conference— followed by a year-round support group at Seattle Children’s Hospital. It didn’t take long for the group to grow from two families to four, from four to eight. As time passed, we filled our meeting room to the bursting point. A second group was formed, then a third, fourth and fifth. We used to hear from a new family once or twice a month. Now it’s daily.
A beautiful short film; written, produced, and starring Ruby Rose; about gender roles, Trans, and what it is like to have an identity that deviates from the status quo.
"You know what needs to stop just as much as homophobia, bullying within the LGBT Community… A ‘bisexual’ isn’t just greedy.. ‘Pansexual’ exists and isn’t a cop out.. ‘Straight’ people can be gay huge advocates and blessings to the community… you can identify as trans without surgery, you can be gender fluid… in fact guess what… you can be whoever you are and like whoever you like and WE should spread the love and acceptance we constantly say we don’t receive." — Ruby Rose