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An ongoing series of news and information

Blog Post

October 12th, 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

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.

Blog Post

June 30, 2021

CFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2021


CONTACT:

Quinton Reynolds, (404) 725-2781

[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.