Our work is led by the narratives, leadership and voices of our community members who exist at the nexus of state sanctioned violence; sex workers, poor people, homelessness and folk experiencing housing insecurity, folks deeply entrenched in complex, seemingly inescapable traumatic environments. Through healing and restorative justice, are building a network of trans, non-binary Black and people of color who are artists, healers, entrepreneurs and creators sharing and cultivating sustainable projects for us and by us.

I don't want to be invisible because I am trans. I want to be seen, affirmed and celebrated as a whole damn person...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 Tans folk deserve to breath, to live and thrive in a world that celebrates all of who we are...Humans. Dr. Lourdes Ashley Hunter, TransWomen of Colour Collective


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TWOCC’s Mid-West Leader Nyla Foster WINS against the state of Kansas

“I’m glad to see the state of Kansas has agreed to recognize us for who we are.”June 24, 2019

(Kansas City, KS — June 24, 2019). — Transgender people born in Kansas will now be able to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates under a consent judgment between Lambda Legal and state officials issued Friday evening by a federal court.

“I’m glad to see the state of Kansas has agreed to recognize us for who we are. It should have not taken a lawsuit to reach that conclusion. This judgment makes me feel safer and like my state finally recognizes me and respects me as a woman,” said Nyla Foster, 30, a plaintiff in the case.  “I am proud that transgender Kansans like me will no longer be forced into dangerous situations because their identity documents do not match who they are.”


Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action

This report is the result of several national LGBTQ organizations convening eight focus groups across the country with community members and advocates who are deeply invested in sharing narratives of lived experience, data and sample policies to address LGBTQ poverty. Read More

*The LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative is currently comprised of the following organizations: Center for American Progress, Family Equality Council, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force, Trans Women of Color Collective, The Vaid Group, Whitman-Walker Health and The Williams Institute.