News & Information
January 19th, 2022
Our sister organization, WomenOnTheRiseGA posted important information on how to obtain free COVID-19 test kits.
December 11th, 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.
November 18th, 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.
November 17th, 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.
October 17th, 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.
October 11th, 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:
September 7th, 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.
June 30, 2021
CFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2021
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.
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).
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.