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$50,000 invested in Trans Families

As part of our common humanity, we all long to be seen and valued for who we truly are. But, for so many transgender youth, this basic human need is coming under attack through a wave of anti-trans policies that are sweeping the country.

Image credit: Caitlin Blunnie (@liberaljane on Instagram) Image description: The illustration shows a young person with short purple hair standing in front of a colorful sunset. The words, “Trans youth deserve gender-affirming healthcare” appear in the middle.

In this year alone, more than 40 states have proposed such policies. At least 8 states have banned or restricted gender-affirming care, and dozens more have proposed to do so, including Missouri and Iowa just this week.

Note: The next paragraph references suicide/self-harm.

Gender-affirming care is life-saving. According to JAMA Network Open, transgender youth who received puberty blockers and gender-affirming hormones were 60% less likely to have moderate or severe depression and 73% less likely to report self-harm or suicidal thoughts.

Not only does erasing access to gender-affirming care infringe on the rights of transgender youth and their families, it also defies the standard of care for gender dysphoria. As a result, the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) estimates that at least 120,000 transgender youth are at risk of losing access to this vital care.

Florida—one of the most extreme cases—has proposed a policy that would remove youth from their families and place them in state custody. This threat of state-sanctioned separation is dangerous, as are the hundreds of anti-trans policies that have been proposed across the country.

As vocal advocates for both children and the LGBTQIA2S+ community, we’ve invested an additional $50,000 in our trusted partner, Trans Families.

By hosting nationwide virtual support groups, this queer-led nonprofit fosters a welcoming environment for transgender and gender diverse youth and their families and supporters. The groups are beautifully intersectional, including ones for children who are gender diverse and neurodiverse, Latine gender diverse youth, and BIPOC parents of gender diverse kids.

Trans Families creates safe spaces for transgender and gender diverse youth to feel seen, valued, and loved for who they are. Their “heart-first” work is more critical now than ever—and you are helping to make it possible.