Hey everyone! We’ve got a super exciting event coming up on Saturday! Always wanted to help us out, but don’t have a lot of time? We’ve got just the thing for you!
Join us at Casa Ruby at 5pm this Saturday, September 22, for a Needs Assessment outreach spectacular! We’ll give you some training and equip you with materials, and then send you out to few awesome locations to drop them off. It’s that simple! We promise that you’ll meet some totally awesome people.
Details are on the flyer. If you have any questions, call us at 202.681.3282 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you Saturday!
We wanted to make sure you were aware that we’re making a bit of a change to our regular meeting pattern. Hearkening back to our guiding principles, we want to increase our accountability to the communities we serve, expand people’s access to our advocacy, and empower new super-awesome activist volunteers. To do that, we’re moving our meetings.
We will continue to meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30pm, but now we’re bringing the meeting to you! On the first Tuesday, we’ll meet at Casa Ruby, located at 2822 Georgia Avenue NW. On the third Tuesday, we’ll be at Transgender Health Empowerment, 1414 North Capitol Street NW. And if you need a reminder, just keep your eye on the info bar to your right.
In addition to meeting you where you’re at, we’ll be regularly engaging in activist lunches on Fridays at both Transgender Health Empowerment and Casa Ruby to help people new to grassroots organizing build and share their skills. And from time to time we’ll have new volunteer orientation alongside our regular meetings.
We hope to see so many more of your beautiful faces at one of our upcoming meetings!
Now for a few updates:
- You can still participate in our Needs Assessment! Click here to learn how to take the survey or to donate generously of your time or treasure.
- We’re continuing our work to keep the Metropolitan Police Department accountable. You can make your voice heard at an open house for MPD’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit on Thursday, September 27 from 5-9pm, right off of Dupont Circle.
- It’s time to start planning for the Transgender Day of Remembrance! If you’d like to get involved, there’s a meeting tonight at Transgender Health Empowerment at 6:00pm (conveniently right before our first meeting at THE!).
See you soon!
We’ve whipped up a banner ad that you can put on your website if you’d like to advertise for the Needs Assessment online. Just throw the HTML code listed below on your own website, and whomever clicks on the ad will be directed to the Needs Assessment. If this ad size doesn’t work for your site, but you’d like a custom sized banner for your site, just contact DCTransNeeds [at] gmail [dot] com, let us know your sizing, and we’ll make the custom banner for you. Thanks for your help!
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The DC Trans Coalition, along with allied organizations, is excited to announce the launch of the Washington, DC Trans Needs Assessment survey, the first of its kind in over a decade! The distribution of this survey is the second phase of our larger DC Trans Needs Assessment project, documenting and discussing the needs of transgender, transsexual and other gender non-conforming populations living in the DC metropolitan area.
Take the survey in English here or in Spanish here.
As some background, the primary goals for this project are to explore and document the many issues facing members of largely underserved and unrepresented trans communities, including:
- General health and access to medical, mental and trans-sensitive health care;
- Employment, underemployment and unemployment;
- Housing and homelessness;
- Interactions with police and the prisons;
- Access to education, including violence in schools; and
- Immigration and documentation status.
Moreover, as we are invested in community-informed research and design, the questions used in this survey were produced through a collaboration of established researchers and trans community members. This collaboration first took shape during community roundtables in Phase One of our project, which led to focused bi-monthly meetings to discuss and determine the language and content to be used in the final survey. In order to reach the diversity of trans communities in DC, this survey will be available in two mediums: 1) online and 2) in paper form, both of which are available in Spanish and English.
Finally, unlike many large research projects, most of the organizers or “Principal Investigators” of this project are unpaid volunteers. All raised funds will go directly to community members taking the survey through modest honorariums. Additionally, in order to maximize the survey reach and positive community impact, we are training and hiring trans community members to distribute paper surveys to their communities, friends and networks.
Why We Need Your Help!
Our goal is to survey no fewer than 500 trans community members in DC. We need your help to make this as successful as possible!
You can help promote the DC Trans Needs Assessment in the following ways!
- Provide a link to the DC Trans Needs Assessment Survey on your website and in your outreach materials and emails!
- The English survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCneedsassessment
- The Spanish survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCneedsassessmentspanish
- Share the links above through your member and contact lists
- Provide paper copies of the survey in your offices or in outreach materials (Please contact DCTransNeeds[at]gmail[dot]com to arrange to receive a paper copy of the survey)
- Make available information about the survey in your office (we can provide you with “palm cards,” posters and other materials to display)
- Donate and join the coalition of support that includes DC Council members, national community groups and your neighbors! Support the costs associated with taking the survey, as well as of training and hiring trans community members to distribute this survey! Plus, all of your donations are tax deductible! Donations can be made via PayPal.
- Help us identify Survey Distributers! Survey Distributers work to make the survey accessible to those who may not have access to the online survey or may need assistance with written language. Survey Distributers will receive all necessary training and will receive compensation for each survey they are able to give and complete.
We need your help to make this survey successful!
Donate now to make sure this survey reaches everyone in our community! Any amount helps us fund printing and distribution costs. We can’t do this without you! Please share this link widely and support us how you can!
Please note that donations made on this page will exclusively support the needs assessment, and will not be used for any other purpose.
Friends of Gigi Gopalan, who was killed two weeks ago, are holding a candlelight vigil this evening (Sunday) from 7-10pm. People will be gathering at Dupont Circle at 7, and will then be walking to 11th & Fairmont NW, where Gigi was found. Please spread the word, and come out and show your support. Details are available on facebook here. [Note: Gigi is still being referred to as Gaurav Gopalan in most accounts. However, in a letter written to friends shortly before her death, Gigi clearly articulated that she was trans and intended to begin transition. Therefore, we have updated this to reflect her chosen identity.]
Monday, September 28
Mandy Van Deven, coauthor of “Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets,” will facilitate a discussion about the community organizing work led by teen women of color at Girls for Gender Equity to end gender-based violence in public space. The conversation will use the book as a jumping off point to speak about street harassment, sexual harassment in schools, and strategies to increase the safety of girls, women, and LGBTQ folks. This event will also feature street harassment expert Holly Kearl
, members of the DC Trans Coalition, SMYAL, Holla Back DC, and HIPS. 6:30pm at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V Sts NW.
Tuesday, September 27
Come to our Needs Assessment
meeting at 7:30pm! This week is super-important, as we’ll be discussing the draft survey for the next phase of our research. We’ll also be skyping in with some of our awesome research helpers from the Williams Institute in LA. Call us at 202.681.3282
or email us for location details.
Wednesday, September 28
The Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs is hosting a Public Safety Open House
with members of the Metropolitan Police Department and Fire & Emergency Medical Services at 6:30pm in the community room at the Reeves Center, 14th & U Streets NW. Make your voice heard!
Thursday, September 29
We’ll be participating in a discussion on recent hate violence in DC following the 8pm performance of STOP KISS, a play by Diana Son, produced by No Rules Theatre Company at the H Street Playhouse (1365 H Street NE). More on the play can be found from Metro Weekly here
, and you can purchase tickets online here
. Use code LGBTQ10 to get $10 off.
Be sure to come to our October meetings, October 4 and 18. Also, stay tuned for details about an upcoming town hall meeting, a DC Council hearing on hate crimes, a trans day of action, and the annual trans day of remembrance.
After a brutal summer, we are excited to share some positive results from our collective struggle to improve the lives of trans folks in the District. After talks between trans advocates and D.C. Mayor Gray, 21 trans individuals are participating in Project Empowerment’s pilot program to combat transphobic discrimination. NPR has an in-depth look.
DCTC is doing all we can to support the participants and make it a success. We are very excited to be part of this ground-breaking effort to address unemployment in our communities, and we hope the District will continue to fund similar potentially life-saving resources.
In response to the recent string of violence, we’ve received an unprecedented amount of letters of support in the past few weeks. We are looking forward to a busy fall, so if you’re thinking about getting involved now is a great time! We are gearing up for our next semi-annual Community Forum, tentatively scheduled for October 23rd. Here is a bit more news from our active campaigns…
- We just passed a major hurdle toward receiving funding so that we can begin Phase Two. Our Needs Assessment Working Group is in the process of designing the paper survey that will soon be distributed. If you’d like to help out, they meet on the second and third Tuesdays of the month. Click here to learn more.
- In case you missed it, be sure to check out the critically important results from our community roundtable discussions at the Phase One Summary Report.
- DCTC members recently attended the first ever meeting of the D.C. Department of Corrections Transgender Advisory Council, a new body meant to increase transparency and community oversight into how the DOC is handling trans inmates. We will have more updates shortly!
- A Corrections officer is currently being investigated for issuing death threats against two trans women. We are following this case closely.
Responding to Violence and Hate Crimes
- DCTC is continuing to work with community members in response to the many recent instances of violence involving trans women and/or motivated by transphobia. Click here, here and here to see media interviews with DCTC members.
- Adding to our fears that the string of murders was motivated by bias, the makeshift memorial to Lashai Mcclean that was left at the site she was murdered (and near where two other trans women were shot weeks later) has been burned.
- The death of Gaurav Gopalan was recently ruled a homicide.
- An arrest was made in the shooting of a trans woman in Southeast.
- We are working with our allies at Transgender Health Empowerment and elsewhere to organize this year’s Trans Day of Remembrance and other events around November 20th. If you’d like to help, watch for an announcement about the next TDOR Planning Meeting.
- Members of DCTC have recently attended early meetings with other community organizations who are working to create a new coalition called TLGB Police Watch.
- We maintain regular communication with the Metropolitan Police Department to express our concern about transphobia in MPD. We want to make sure that officers are being properly trained, and we want MPD to take the recent crimes against trans people seriously.
- We are preparing to conduct another round of training for the Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit.
- We continue to monitor the legal case against Officer Furr, who recently shot at a group of trans people and their friends while off-duty.