WiS is committed to working to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for transgender & nonbinary colleagues and participants, as well as other members of the LGBTQ+ community. We have compiled a list of resources to supplement this work. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us regarding these or any related matters.
- The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. This page highlights resources if you are facing discriminaiton based on gender identity or expression.
Organizations to support:
- The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.
- The Transgender Emergency Fund assists with homelessness prevention, shelter assistance, nutrition assistance, prescription co-pay assistance, transportation and escort to medical appointments, etc.
- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 and works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. They also have activism tools in their Action Center.
- The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice. Their website offers guides for understanding existing laws and policies, as well as resources for trans people seeking to understand their rights and guides for accessing healthcare, identity documents, and legal services.
- The Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, we employ a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.
Programs and groups to support or access:
- National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).
- Massachusetts Asian + Pacific Islanders for Health (MAP) provides health counseling and support, referral and screening services, and general health promotion and advocacy for APIs in the Boston metro area and beyond. They have a group called Asian Pride, which is a youth development and leadership program that provides services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Allies and friends of LGBTQ+ identified youth are also welcome to participate.
- Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association or GLMA) is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments. To achieve this mission, GLMA utilizes the scientific expertise of its diverse multidisciplinary membership to inform and drive advocacy, education, and research
- The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, our work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression. We strengthen our communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services.
- Greater Boston PFLAG is a group of parents, families, friends, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. We help change attitudes and create an environment of understanding so that our LGBTQ family members and friends can live in a world that is safe and inclusive. We accomplish this through support, education, and advocacy.
- Third Wave Fund resources and supports youth-led Gender Justice activism to advance the political power, well-being, and self determination of communities of color and low-income communities.
Resource list from Fenway Health, whose mission is to enhance the well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.
- US Transgender Survey from the National Center for Transgender Equality, the largest survey devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. Reports from the 2015 survey show information on trans people’s family and religious life, physical and mental health, income and employment, housing, experiences with healthcare, schools, police, and other services. Includes additional national reports on the experiences of people of color, as well as individual state reports.