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May 27, 2021

Supporting Transgender Youth This Pride Month

This post uses some gender terms you may be unfamiliar with. Human Rights Campaign (charity code 0315683) has a wonderful glossary for your reference.

In recognition of the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which – among other factors – prompted the Gay Liberation Movement, June is Pride Month!

Pride month celebrates the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community, honors those whose lives were lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and serves as a catalyst for equity advocacy.

We at the UWCFD affirm and celebrate people of all sexual and gender orientations, identities, and expressions.

The June 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City, a weeklong series of protests for gay equality, was prompted in part by the advocacy efforts of Marsha P. Johnson, a self-identified drag queen, AIDS activist and co-founder of the Gay Liberation Front. Considered a trailblazer as a transgender woman of color fighting for trans rights, Johnson was the probable (but never determined) homicide victim of anti-transgender violence – an issue that today has become an epidemic, particularly aimed at people of color.

In the recent legislative session, dozens of harmful and discriminatory anti-LGBTQ legislation were proposed. Organizations like the ACLU have been tracking and actively fighting these acts in court. These acts are especially harmful to youth, many of which report bullying and harassment at school.

A national survey by GLSEN (charity code 1479258), a nonprofit focused on making America’s schools safer for all, found that regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, 75% of transgender youth feel unsafe in school and 59% are denied access to the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

According to research from The Trevor Project, the incredible stress of denying one’s identity and the continuous burden of defending and advocating for themselves, in addition to the increased likelihood of experiencing harassment, are causes of the increased experience of depression, suicidal thought, and hopelessness in transgender youth.

Read more about UWCFD member mental health and wellness organizations.

As part of the TransYouth Project, a large-scale, national longitudinal study of more than 300 socially-transitioned transgender children, researchers are finding that transgender youth who feel supported by their families and communities measure closely to the mental health of their cisgender peers.

Allowing transgender youth to participate in sports teams in line with their gender identity, asking youth how they identify and using pronouns, and creating space that offers psychological safety all support avenues for LGBTQ+ youth to thrive in the community.

Outside of the courtroom, there are many actions you can take to protect transgender youth and proudly stand with the LGBTQ+ community this Pride month:

  • Review the resources below to start or continue your education
  • Consider giving to one of the many LGBTQ+ nonprofits supported by the UWCFD
  • Attend one or more Pride Month celebrations happening virtually, and potentially in person, across Seattle

Resources

The Q Center at UW (charity code 0493258) The Q Center is the professionally-supported resource, advocacy, and mentoring center for queer students and concerns at the University of Washington. It provides consulting for various departments on campus with regards to bolstering safety and respect for queer students, and also coordinates numerous programs, social organizations, and educational initiatives. For the most up-to-date information about the Q Center’s current services, see the Q Center Electronic Press Kit.

Human Rights Campaign’s Be an Ally – Support Trans Equality resource page  offers a checklist of things you can do to become, or become a better, ally to the transgender/nonbinary community.

The Trevor Project (charity code 1479131) – The Trevor Project offers life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text. Learn more about:

  • A Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth: It can be tough for transgender and nonbinary people to bear the burden of educating others about their lived experience. This guide will help begin your education on the basics of gender identity and expression.
  • Black and LGBTQ: Approaching Intersectional Conversations – For people who hold multiple marginalized identities, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to explore the layers of these conversations with others — especially those whose lived experiences are different. Here are some approaches to consider before, during, and after a difficult conversation to make sure the dialogue — and your mental health — stays safe.
  • How to Support Bisexual Youth – This guide is an introductory educational resource that covers a wide range of topics and best practices for supporting the bisexual youth in your life, which may include yourself! Educating ourselves is an ongoing practice, and how we define and express identity is an ongoing journey.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “See Each Other. Save Trans Lives.” campaign is amplifying everyday stories of resilience, joy and humanity among the trans community by working to break the connection between anti-trans stigma and violence against the transgender and non-binary community. HRC began tracking fatal violence against trans people in 2013 and has seen a dramatic increase in recent years.

Lambert House (charity code 0320828) – Lambert House empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills. Online support groups and virtual programming includes BIPOC only youth space, weekly space for LGBTQ+ youth to chat, and interest based activity sessions. Check out all their resources here.

LGBTQ+ Student Rights – This guide, created by UWCFD member organizations GLSEN, ACLU, PFLAG, and National Women’s Law Center, outlines LGBTQ+ students’ rights. Anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination is illegal.

LGBTQ+ Allyship: How to Show Up for the LGBTQ+ Community, UW Medicine Right as Rain
Sean Johnson, program operations specialist for the Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Health Program at UW Medicine, offers tips for allies.

Events

Rock For Pride 2021, This Is Me, June 12, 6:00pm
The objective is to provide awareness, support and a sense of pride to the LGBTQIA community. This show features heartfelt messages of love and celebration by fellow community leaders as well as performances by Seattle musicians, drag artists, and more. Hosted by Seattle Pride.

Virtual Pride 2021, June 26th – June 27th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
While we are all missing the Parade (come ON, vaccines…) Virtual Pride is our opportunity to commemorate the past, celebrate new wins for equality, and get encouragement for the work yet to come… and, quite frankly, it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun. Everything will be hosted on the online Hopin platform, without participants having to juggle multiple devices. Event is free, please RSVP here.

Taking Pride in Capitol Hill, June 6, 9:00-1:00pm
For over a decade now, spring means volunteers taking to the streets and sidewalks of Capitol Hill for a little spring cleaning. Six years ago, PrideFest became a partner and we converted the event to a pride kickoff. Limiting numbers may be in effect, depending on what public health requires, but at the very least we expect masks will be required. We provide breakfast, lunch, and cleaning supplies and we’ll tell you where you and your team will go. Be sure to RSVP to event on facebook to get notifications.

Recurring Events

REAL TALK – QBIPOC Support Group, Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 6:00-8:00pm
REAL TALK is a support/social group for Queer and/or Trans, Gender diverse, Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous, People of Color. QTBIPOC individuals will engage in meaningful dialogue that will promote self-love, self-acceptance, safety and support. Hosted by U.T.O.P.I.A Seattle; RSVP here.

[trans]Action Virtual Support Group, Every 3rd Tuesday of the Month, 6:00-8:00pm
[trans] ACTION is a support/social group for Trans, Gender diverse folks, especially current and former sex workers. It is held every third Tuesday of the month. TransAction serves to provide T/GD folx a safe space to engage in topical discussions relating to their life and/or work. Hosted by U.T.O.P.I.A Seattle; RSVP here.

HIV-STI Testing & PrEP Clinic, Every 3rd and 4th Wednesday, 1:00-5:00pm
UTOPIA WA provides HIV/ STI testing and a PrEP clinic on the 3rd & 4th Wednesday of every month by appointment only. Schedule here.

In the month of June, Encyclopedia Womannica celebrates Pride and the women who shaped our world. In each 5 minute episode, learn about stories of women you may or may not know — but definitely should. The month kicks off with a deep dive into the life and work of Gloria Anzeldua, a trailblazing scholar of Chicana, cultural and queer theory.