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News & Information​

Our Blog

An ongoing series of news and information



Blog Post

May 16, 2022

Court Orders First Gender-Affirming Surgery for A Trans Federal Prisoner



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Blog Post

May 5, 2022

Georgia High School Association Bans Trans Students From School Athletics

In a previous blog post, the Georgia legislature deferred the decision to the Georgia High School Association, an organization that governs athletics and activities for member high schools in Georgia.


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Blog Post

May 1, 2022

DOJ Sues Alabama Over Law Making Gender Affirming Care for Trans Youth A Felony



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Blog Post

April 25, 2022

DOJ Supports Gender Affirming Health Care for TransYouth

The Department of Justice made a statement that states that deny trans youth access to gender affirming healthcare are subject to law suits.


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Blog Post

April 22, 2022

The Georgia Legislature Does Not Outright Ban Trans Girls From Sports

Instead, the Georgia High School Association, will create a regulatory body that will create guidelines and determine eligibility on a case by case basis.

It is not an outright ban, but could pose as an obstacle for trans girls who want to participate in sports.


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Blog Post

April 22, 2022

The TSA Makes Travel Easier For Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Non-Binary Folx.


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Blog Post

April 22, 2022

"X" Gender Marker Available On U.S. Passports Starting April 11


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Blog Post

March 31, 2022

One of our members, Ray Gibson, talks to "Out Sports" about being the trans son of baseball Hall of Fame legend, Bob Gibson.


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Blog Post

March 31, 2022

In keeping with the culture and politics of Trans(forming) - we challenge the idea and concept of a Trans Day of Visibility!

We invite those to use this 'day' and time to read some thought provoking concepts from some of our major Trans Thought Leaders and Activist in books and pieces like:

Trap Door: https://www.vice.com/en/article/j5vvex/exploring-the-paradox-of-trans-visibility-trap-door?fbclid=IwAR1aK4ifvVAX6qpCwh-dC_0ay9RFp89juPoOj1yZqzviYvxoVEPO8Mfjxpc

With permission we have used the words from Reina Gossett adopted from her wonderful speech at the 2015 Anti-Violence Conference. Thank you!

Trans Day of Visibility Needs Critical Thinking Lens

We can all use this day of visibility as a call for all of us to open our eyes and see each other.

To open our minds and hearts to care more about each other - even within communities.

To be visiable about our own need to heal.

To be visiable about the internal work we commit to.

We are coming together, here and now, at a moment of increased visibility for trans* people, in pop culture and in the gaze of the state. But at the same time, as we so intimately know, we are witnessing some of the highest rates of violence against our communities ever documented.

So, in this moment of violence and visibility, I feel it’s urgent to think about what we risk losing when the state, and pop culture, seem to be inviting us in. What do we open ourselves, and our communities, up to when we seek out visibility?In keeping with the culture and politics of Trans(forming) - we challenge the idea and concept of a Trans Day of Visibility!


So often, visibility uses the lens of respectability to determine who, even in the most vulnerable communities, should be seen and heard. I believe that, through the filter of visibility, those of us most at risk to state violence, become even more vulnerable to that violence.

I love that I'm a part of a types of sociability, and study, and love that is supported by never being what the state, or the mainstream white gay rights movement, saw as normal. The type that pushes against other trans people and demand that the room and definitions be expanded to include us, again. That we've always been here.

I wish we were sitting around together, hashing out our ideas about this world we’ve got to deal with. I mean making meaning of the world, together. Sharing how we're alike, how we differ and we all want the same things at the end of the day. How we don't all have to post selfie and take pictures and do this because somebody said we should be SEEN. There are so many ways to revolution to liberation and we need all of us. So many of us are left outside when we decide on this ONE way and this ONE way has been going on for at least the last decade and the onslaught of the web and now social media. I applaud those who choose that path.

So, I’ll close by saying that I believe this moment invites all of us not just to think about what we want to dismantle and organize against, but also what we want to defend: the ways we laugh, and love, and study together. The ways we come together to make meaning.

There is more than ONE WAY!







Blog Post

March 29, 2022


Sak's recognizes Isis King on their digital platform for International Women's Day/Women's History Month.


Ms. King was the the first transgender woman on 2008's America's Next Top Model.


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Blog Post

March 13, 2022

How A Ukranian Transman Escaped Russia's Invasion

Bethany Dawson, a reporter for the Business Insider, talked with a Ukranian transman, on how he escaped Russia's Invasion with his mother.

Rain Dove, gnc actor/model, was instrumental in helping the Ukranian transman in the story leave the country safely. Rain Dove is also raising money and helping lgbtq Ukranians with the resources they need to leave the country and resettle.

Rain Dove's Facebook page: Rain Dove

Rain Dove's Instagram: @raindove

Rain Dove's Ukraine fundraising page: https://fundly.com/verifiable-ukraine-evacuation-resettlement-fund#updates/blog/update-89474

Trans(forming) stands with Ukraine, and also wants to acknowledge people of color in other countries who are suffering from the ravages of war in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.


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Blog Post

March 6, 2022


Walking home from his job at a Starbucks, a young transman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. He moved from Atlanta to Delaware to begin a new life.



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Blog Post

March 1, 2022


Ju'Zema Goldring, an Atlanta Black Transwoman, was awarded $1.5M by a Federal Grand Jury.  She was imprisioned 5 month's. After false accusations, by an Atlanta police officer, she had drugs in her possession, back in 2015.


The Atlanta police officer fabricated the charge simply because she is a Black Transwoman.  Black Trans folks are constantly profiled and harassed by the police. Trans(forming) with the help of Solutions Not Punishment (SnapCo), produced a document "The Most Dangerous Thing Out Here Is The Police" which outlined the negative, traumatic experiences Trans folk have with the police here in Atlanta.

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Click for the full article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.



Blog Post

January 19, 2022

Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to vaccination appointments.  Check out their website, uber.com and lyft.com for more information.


Blog Post

January 19, 2022

Our sister organization, WomenOnTheRiseGA posted important information on how to obtain free COVID-19 test kits.








Blog Post

December 11, 2021

Trans(forming) held it's monthly member meeting via Zoom.  Darie L.K. Wolfson, a certified ACA advisor, gave a detailed presentation on health coverage tailored to our AFAB, GNC members.  She also fielded members questions and will help our members enroll in health insurance through, ACA.


One of our members shared how he was able to get his top surgery covered through Medicaid/Medicare.


Health care coverage is an essential need for our AFAB, GNC members.  It is what enables them to get the affordable care they need to continue with medical transition, if they so choose.



Blog Post

November 18, 2021

Trans(forming) received direct support  for having our members participate in the new Survey of Southern LGBTQ Experiences from Campaign for Southern Equality and Campus Pride.  They are helping make sure that LGBTQ Southerners lived experiences inform policies and strategies to promote the health, equity, and well-being of LGBTQ people in the region. If you live in the South and indentify as LGBTQ, please take the survey by clicking the link below and let your voice be heard.

https://southernequality.org/2021Survey/?fbclid=IwAR0qcxcnu7vab7eOnVXwHNXLY1X9oZQD6-BkdVjfJZhDvbmA3wM2OT6VJ04






Blog Post

November 17, 2021

Trans(forming) watched via Zoom the inaugural panel presented by the Atlanta LGBTQ+ History Project, which had DeeDee Chamblee, Executive Director and Founder, of our sister organization La Gender, Inc. as one of it's panelist.


The Atlanta LQBTQ+ History Project collects and shares oral histories, photographs, and other archival material from LGBTQ+ Atlantans who have shaped the city's identity and made Atlanta the epicenter of LGBTQ+ life and culture in the Southeast.


La Gender Inc. is a non-profit organization led by African-American Trans women that empowers, and lifts up the spirits of transgender woman of color in the metro Atlanta area


Ms. DeeDee is a survivor and advocate, living with HIV/AIDS for 25 years.  She founded La Gender in 2001 to address the unique needs of the transgender community surrounding issues such as HIV/AIDS, homelessness, incarceration, mental health, wellness, discrimination, and hate crime violence.


Trans(forming) was happy and honored to support Ms. DeeDee. She is a pillar, an asset, and treasure in the Trans Community.


Blog Post

October 17, 2021

 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Since 1989,  Congress has annually recognized this month to bring awareness to the blight of domestic violence.  Transgender and gender non-conforming people are uniquely effected:

  •  31 to 50% of transgender people have experienced domestic violence compared to the general population of at 28 to 33%
  • one survey found that 19% of respondents were subject to domestic violence at the hands of family members because they were transgender or gender non-conforming.

Transgender people may face unique barriers in seeking help for domestic violence.  According to the Williams Institute report:

  • the risk of rejection and isolation from family and friends if they "out" themselves
  • Not knowing where to find support and resources specifically for transgender people.
  • Possible discrimination from staff or other domestic violence survivors.
  • Fear that police and court officials may not be sensitive to their needs.

Anna  Marjavi, program manager with Futures Without Violence, a national non-profit aimed at advocacy to end violence against women added these barriers in seeking help.

  • Not being in an "out" relationship.
  • Partner maybe threating to "out" them.
  • In rural and smaller communities, there may not be LGBTQ-specific programs to help.
https://www.domesticshelters.org/articles/race-gender-religion-immigration/domestic-violence-in-the-transgender-community

Blog Post

October 11, 2021

  Mel Robert Groves, a 25 year old Transman from Jackson, MS, was murdered on Monday, October 11th, 2021.  He drove himself to Merit Health Hospital.  Where he collapsed from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was then taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center(UMMC) where he died on Monday.  The motive behind the death is unknown at this time.  But Mel shared he feared for his life, because he was Trans in Jackson, MS.


Mel was a graduate of Tuskeegee University.  Where he received a bachelor of science in Plant Science.  He was a plant soil scientist who loved agriculture and animals.  Mel was misgendered in the initial reporting of many Mississippi news outlets, but with help from friends in the trans community, some outlets have begun to gender him properly.


To read more click the links below:

https://insideeeko.com/mel-robert-groves-death-obituary/

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2021/10/12/jackson-crime-homicides-2021-woman-shot-multiple-times/6101178001/

Blog Post

September 7, 2021

One of the services Trans(forming) offers is passport assistance.  The organization held it's Passport Clinic today, providing assistance with obtaining the documents needed to apply for a passport, assistance with filling out the passport forms, transportation to the passport office, and assistance with  passport fees.


Trans(forming) also took those who participated out to lunch to celebrate this important document milestone.  They can now travel the world as they truly are, which is quite liberating.

Blog Post

June 30, 2021

CFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2021


CONTACT:

Cash Lord

[email protected]


Men Stopping Violence and Trans(forming) Awarded $100,000 in CDC Funds to Increase Adult COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Rates

Education and outreach work will address vaccine inequities and advance health equity


(ATLANTA, GA) – Men Stopping Violence and Trans(forming) have been awarded $100,000 to fund outreach and education efforts focused specifically on building vaccine confidence among cisgender, trans, intersex and gender non-conforming men of color, primarily focusing on Black men. Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in partnership with Community Catalyst, the project aims to increase understanding of and trust about COVID-19 and influenza vaccines among adults at highest risk of infection and death from these illnesses.


The initiative comes amid a concerning rise in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant and significant disparities in vaccination rates in historically underserved communities of color.


“We want to upend those aspects of male socialization and training that undermine our wellness,” says Dr. Spencer Murray, Project Manager. “By taking care of ourselves - by getting vaccinated - we’re creating safer communities and taking care of our loved ones.”


The project will focus on areas of DeKalb, Fulton, and Clayton counties that are ranked as “very high” on the COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index. Among other activities, Men Stopping Violence and Trans(forming) will facilitate community discussions about wellness and vaccinations among men and male identified people in these areas. According to a 2020 report, Black Americans are two times more likely to trust a messenger of their own racial or ethnic group in their community.


About Men Stopping Violence:

Men Stopping Violence is a 39-year-old social change organization whose mission is to engage men and communities to take action to end violence against women.


About Trans(forming):

Trans(forming) is an inter-generational, metro Atlanta membership-based organization led by and for Trans, Intersex, Gender non-conforming, and Non-Binary persons, who were “wrongly” assigned female at birth (AFAB).

Blog Post

July 1, 2021

Georgia Justice Project (GJP) reached new ground in recent months by leading the "Second Chance for Georgia" campaign, a grassroots effort that aims to bring change for many of the 4.3 million people with a Georgia criminal recor,d by expanding opportunities for expungement in our state. The campaign brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to push for expansion of the Georgia expungement law, which is one of the most restrictive and harshest in the country.  Thousand of individuals and more than 70 partner organizations have endorsed the campaign.


After laying much ground work through out the year, expungement bill SB288 and SB105 were made into law.  


Listen to the video below for more details.