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From the laptops of our Leadership Team,

International Trans Day of Visibility is a time for our allies, families and comrades to be show up for trans folk!.  It’s a time for all of you to ignite your unwavering support for our community and our work.

Our Executive Director Lourdes Ashley Hunter wrote, “Today is Trans Day of Visibility but I don’t want to be visible because I am trans. I want to be seen, affirmed and celebrated as a whole person.

I want to exist outside of the cis gaze of expectation and performance. I don’t want my identity commodified or my experiences usurped and made digestible for the consumption cis folk. I am not interested in a parade, a special day or any other pomp and circumstance functioning as distraction from the systemic oppression and state sanctioned violence folk like me face everyday.

I want to wake up without the threat of violence. I want to fall in love, raise a family and pass down traditions my grandma and mom passed to me. I want to thrive without fear. I don’t want to have to tell you all about my pain for you to then journey towards an understanding that Trans folk deserve to breathe, to live and thrive in a world that celebrates all of who we are… Humans

Visibility is not a job, it will not pay the rent.

Visibility is not a job, it will not pay the rent.

Visibility will not stop the genocide of Black and Brown trans bodies occurring all across this world.

Visibility will not put food on the table or clothes on my back. Visibility can get you killed where I’m from.

Visibility is not healthcare. Healthcare is healthcare.

Visibility is not freedom. Freedom is Freedom.

Visibility is not liberation. Liberation is liberation.

Support the work led by Black trans folk!

On this International Trans Day of Visibility we ask our comrades to be intentional in their service and commitment to collective liberation.

  • Hire Black and Brown trans people in leadership roles.
  • Have your boards and work policies be reflective of the change we need.
  • Become ongoing donors to Black and Brown trans led organizations.

Show us what your visibility looks like.   

In Solidarity,

TWOCC Leadership

Upcoming Events

AIDSWatch 2019

TWOCC will be at AIDSWatch April 1 & 2, 2019 in Washington D.C.. AIDSWatch, presented by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, is the nation’s largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy event. Organized by AIDS United, the Treatment Access Expansion Project, and the US People Living with HIV Caucus, AIDSWatch brings together hundreds of people living with HIV and their allies to meet with members of Congress and to educate them about the important issues at stake for people living with HIV in the United States

Trans Family Formation from Preconception to Postpartum  

April 6,2019 10:30 – 12:30 pm PST at 3207 Lakeshore Avenue – Oakland, CA

Are you trans and considering growing a baby? Are you a perinatal wellness provider seeking accurate and useful information?

This collaborative panel is co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Perinatal Wellness Center, Family Equality Council, Trans Women of Color Collective, and will be moderated by FEC’s Director of Family Formation (and trans gestational parent), Trystan Reese. Other panelists include the LGBTQ Perinatal Wellness Center’s acupuncturist, Autumn Ross, LAc, TWOCC’s Samantha Jo-Dato, Masculine Birth Rituals podcast creator, Grover Wehman-Brown, the Reproductive Science Center’s Sara Pittenger Reid, M.D among other trans family wellness advocates.

8th Annual Black Trans Advocacy Conference

Trans Women of Color Collective will be in Dallas this month as we are excited to sponsor Angel Iman our Midwest Lead in the The 8th Annual International Black Trans Advocacy Pageant in the beautiful Dallas, Texas April 25, 2019 being held at Wyndham Dallas Suites – Park Central – Join TWOCC as we celebrate Black Trans Brilliance at BTAC’s Awards Gala April 27th.



Celebrating Black trans women in Leadership! Our executive director was listed in  10 Black Trans Women to Watch

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