I know everyone’s probably thinking: what’s Tyler been up to and where’s his update to the AMA for TDOV? Ok – no one’s been thinking any of that. So part of my new year’s resolution this year was to find more ways to be more visible and to help my community and as part of doing so, I’ve been a little less present here. I’ve joined the board of directors for Point of Pride, which as been everything I hoped for and more.
But I did want to circle back to some of the questions I got on TDOV, my answers and whatnot, some of which produced some interesting and thought-provoking chatter on my Facebook and gave me a bit to continue to think about in the future.
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.