The first thing you’ll likely notice is that we’ve moved the website away from Tyler’s personal blog and into a stand-alone page. It’s still under construction, so if you notice anything particularly wacky, we’d appreciate a heads up. We did move the 2016 content over and linked from his site to here, but let’s get down to what this is really about.
We do currently have a survey open looking for suggestions for 2017. But more important even than that:
We’re looking for help in several areas!
Non Profit Status – We’re currently looking for help from people with experience starting nonprofit organizations. I’ve started the bylaws and constitution, but anyone that’s willing to help draft and finalize these would be welcome – even if you’re not interested or able to stay on the board long term.
Board Positions – We are looking for (at least) 3 other board members:…
Today, March 31st, is Transgender Day of Visibility. And more than any other year, I feel like my willingness and ability to be visible is particularly important. In the wake of many of the current administration’s changes – rescinding orders protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination, appointments that have long histories of discrimination against ANY minorities, bathroom bills popping up like flowers this spring…and the rumors. And I know you can’t quite put stock in rumors, but regardless of that, they’re on everyone in the community’s radar – and what scares me most about that is that the kids are listening.
Every LGBT-oriented suicide hotline is reporting increased calls since the election, and spikes with each new policy or appointment that marginalizes our community. EIGHT trans people have been killed so far in 2017. Most of them trans women of color. And that’s just the reported ones. How many are being swept aside because they were closeted, or even just out right misreported by police and media.
So for those of us fortunate enough to be able to be visible, we have an obligation to those who can’t to stand up for us all. I’ve said many times that the root of hate will always be ignorance and the cure for ignorance is education. Most people have either never met a trans person, or don’t know that they have.
So as I’ve done in years past, I’m hosting a bit of an “Ask Me Anything” session. Nothing is “rude”. Nothing is “off limits”. Nothing is “too far”. Ask me however you want – email, Facebook, Twitter, my blog, call me, text me, use this. Feel free to share.
And when it’s all said and done, I’ll post all the questions, and answers anonymously here for people to see.
I just need to rant a little. I haven’t decided if I’ll be posting this on my Facebook or not, but I need to get it off of my chest somewhere. It’s drafted as though it’s been posted to Facebook, and it might be later. I’ll decide later. So be forewarned: if you don’t want to hear my political rant….don’t finish reading this.
The 2016 #TransForTheHolidays Season has come to an end. We couldn’t be happier with the response. For a project that was conceived quickly one day at work right before Thanksgiving, I never imagined the project getting so big, so fast. I never anticipated the support I’d get, both from friends and strangers. And more than all of that, I never imagined the way this project would affect me. People came to me in their time of need and that is incredibly humbling – I can only hope that I have helped them. I found myself attached to their stories, when they told them; like I was catching up with an old friend. I found myself wondering about the rest of their lives, worrying for their safety and searching everywhere for that one special item they asked for. There are so many feelings I have about this project and can’t wait for more in 2017. Let me break some things down about this year’s project. Continue reading #TransForTheHolidays: End of Season Thoughts and Observations
Just a quick update, and some more details later. We’ve closed the survey for 2016 to focus on getting all of the care packs out by Christmas this year. We received 35 responses from 17 states, but we’re still working on getting statistics out to update thoroughly on all three fronts. We do have two packages on our way back to us because we didn’t address them properly (totally our fault), so we’re working on getting that fixed.
We currently have over half the packages out, and we’re still looking for any last minute help covering shipping costs, you can donate via paypal. Even a dollar helps offset the costs.
Check out and follow our Facebook Page for some up to the minute details and some neat info graphics about the packages we’ve sent.
Wow. So first, what a response. We were lucky enough to be shared by Point of Pride and our response quadrupled in a few hours. We are coming up on the deadline to have items shipped to arrive by Christmas 2016. While this isn’t strictly a Christmas program, we are hoping to have the packs mailed by 12/21/2016 to have them at people’s doorsteps by Christmas. That being said, let me proceed with the area-specific updates.
Donate: The Amazon Wishlist is still up and I broke down and set up a PayPal Account to help offset shipping costs. I’m working on some updates to it to reflect better what we have and what we’re still looking for. Gift cards would be awesomeat this point. If you’d like, you can email e-gift cards to TransForTheHolidays@gmail.com. If your donation doesn’t make it in time to get into a 2016 gift pack, don’t worry: it will NOT go to waste. Leftovers and late arrivals will be stored for 2017, or some possible other projects #TransForTheHolidays hopes to do in 2017. Early in the year, we’re going to be working on becoming an official non-profit organization and expanding our base. So don’t you worry. We will be putting everything to good use.
Ask For Help: The survey is still up! Please have your responses in by the end of this week so we can have you a pack by Christmas. We’ll be keeping the survey open through the end of the year, then closing it to focus on coming back even stronger in 2017. We’ve been getting a lot of requests for binders and packers. I’m still looking for resources for people in the packer department, but if you’re looking for a binder, head over to Point of Pride‘s binder give away program and get yourself on their waiting list. How long it takes depends on demand and sizing, since they’re donation based. But they’ll help you as fast as they can.
Signal Boost: Keep sharing. Keep using #TransForTheHolidays. Don’t forget to make the post public so everyone can see it. Finally, follow our new Facebook Page for ongoing updates about 2017 plans and documentation of our shenanigans in kicking off a non-profit. It’s a little barebones right now, but thanks to a friend far artsier than I, we will soon have a totally kickass logo. And we’ll post pictures of the care packs going together.
Next update will include pictures of the mayhem that is Melissa and I packing boxes for shipment. We forgot the post office closes early on Satuday, so we didn’t pick up boxes today, but we have 8 out of 27 packs ready to roll and another 5-7 just waiting on an item or two.