Transgender students are negatively targeted in schools by both peers and educators, which directly affects their mental and physical health, as well as their academic achievement (GLSEN, 2015). Crucially, around the nation many grassroots organizations are working to alleviate the suffering of transgender youth. These organizations create community for transgender individuals while partaking in advocacy. Below are some grassroots organizations that are created by and are composed of transgender individuals that are advocating for their community. These community organizations work tirelessly to address the issues, hardships, and needs of transgender youth in their communities. In all, these organizations are committed to increasing the life satisfaction of transgender youth—one such way through providing resources and guidance to transgender youth to help make their schools safe, which helps to keep trans youth in schools. Keep reading to learn more!
Trans Student Education Resources (TSER):
TSER is a national youth-led organization that works to transform the education environment for transgender and gender-nonconforming students through empowerment and advocacy. Their mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. They believe that ending oppression is a long term process dependent on an intersectional framework of activism that can only be achieved through collaborative action.
The Brown Boi Project (BBP):
BBP is a community of transmasculine people of color in Oakland California who work across race and gender with the mission of eradicating homophobia, transphobia, and sexism, and to create healthy frameworks of masculinity. They partake in Gender Justice—work that challenges and aims to break away from the traditional expectations of masculinity and femininity that are often restrictive.
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (TGRCNM):
TGRCNM is created and run by dedicated transgender individuals with the goal of serving as a clearing house of resources that supports, assists, educates and advocates for the the transgender community of New Mexico. They provide social, emotional, educational, and functional support for all facets of transgender living through their monthly and/or bi-monthy support group meetings, which include their Transfeminine Support Group, Transmasculine Support Group, Non-Binary Support Group, Partners of Trans and Gender Variant Persons Group, Youth Group (25 and under), ABQ Kids’ Playgroup and Parents’ Support, Parents of Trans/GNC/NC People Support Group, Ally Group, and Las Cruces Transgender Support Group.
TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA):
TYFA is a national group of allies and trans youth with the shared goal of nurturing, supporting, respecting, and validating transgender youths’ inherent right to self-identify and self-expression. The group consists of family, friends, teachers, physicians, lawyers, clergy, LGBTQ-friendly organizations, and other allies. TYFA aims to empower children and families by partnering with educators and service providers to develop supportive environments in which youth are respected and can safely express their gender identity and presentation.
MTN facilitates peer support groups for trans people and allies. They additionally provide avenues for social networking and public dialogue. Central to their work, they direct people to available resources and provide training and educational opportunities within the transgender community.
Arkansas Transgender Network (ATN):
ATN is an organization dedicated to improving education and resources for the transgender community of Northwest Arkansas. They partner with organizations both locally and in other regions to share their experiences and offer aid in providing stability for their respective communities.
Southerners on New Ground (SONG):
SONG is a regional queer liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, undocumented people, working class, and other LGBTQ people in the South. SONG uses “grassroots organizing, leadership development, deep analysis, listening/data collection, intergenerational relationships, the linking of social movements, and good long term planning” to develop Southern LGBTQ people into organizers with the goal of transforming the region through strategic projects and local campaigns that combat the southern-specific strategies of the Right.