The first step to getting involved is to show up at one of our bi-monthly planning meetings. We meet the first and third Tuesday of every month from 7:30-9:00pm. We meet at Casa Ruby, at 2822 Georgia Ave NW. This location is accessible via Green Line Metro Station, closest via Columbia Heights station.
Time or place doesn’t work for you? Let us know!! We are always considering different time and place options and we need your input to make that happen!
Our meetings are always open to the public. Anyone who supports the work of the Coalition is welcome to join us! Feel free to let us know you’re coming, but you don’t have to.
- Our space is wheel-chair accessible; please e-mail us in advance if you need us to open the wheelchair-accessible entrance.
- Meetings are primarily conducted in English. Translation services are available for Spanish, American Sign Language, French, Amharic and other languages upon request; please give 1-2 week’s notice.
Ground Rules for DC Trans Coalition Planning Meetings
- Each meeting, one rotating person serves as facilitator. If you would like to speak, raise your hand and the facilitator will put you “on stack.” Please do not speak out of turn until the facilitator calls on you.
- If you’re taking up a lot of space and/or talking a lot, please consider allowing others to speak before you do.
- If you aren’t talking very much, please consider adding your voice to the discussion.
- Turn your cell phone off.
- Respect our time – we will end promptly at 9:00pm.
- Respect our agenda – try to stay on topic.
- Use respectful language and never attack anyone personally.
- Assume that others have the best intentions.
- Don’t assume that you know another person’s preferred pronouns. If you aren’t sure, ask politely.
- So as not to confuse newer members, try to avoid using acronyms or referring to people or events without first providing context.
- Racist, transphobic, homophobic, sexist or any other kind of oppressive behavior will never be tolerated.
A Note on Our Decision-Making Process
We use a decision-making process known as “consensus.” This means that in order to make a collective decision, all present members of the Coalition must agree. Usually, this process is organic and does not require any formal measures.
However, occasionally we may need to make a Formal Consensus Proposal. If such a proposal is raised, members may take one of three positions: “Support” (if they agree with the proposal), “Block” (if they strongly disagree with the proposal), or “Stand Aside” (if they are unsure or indifferent to the proposal).
For the purposes of this discussion, a “member of the Coalition” is anyone who is invested in our work. You do not have to be trans yourself, but in order to be considered a member of the Coalition, we ask that you have attended a few meetings and actively contributed to advancing our goals. Newer individuals are encouraged to add to the discussion and freely share their opinions; however, if we ever need to make a Formal Consensus Proposal, only members will get a ‘vote.’
Blocking a proposal is a serious measure. If even one member blocks the decision, we will discuss hir objections and amend the proposal until it passes. For this reason, if a member has only a light objection or if ze would not be personally impacted by the outcome of the decision, ze may be encouraged to change hir position to “Stand Aside” and allow the proposal to proceed. In rare occasions, a proposal may pass if one person objects and refuses to compromise. This is known as “Consensus Minus One.”