The overwhelming support felt by the Waits family after going public has been a glimmer of hope during a scary and emotional time. It has lit a spark in our community and across the nation—conversations about safety and inclusion for transgender humans are happening between friends, neighbors, and community leaders. Questions are being asked and we are learning as a community. Already, there are stories of the LGBTQ+ youth and adults in our community—for some, it’s been support they have felt for the first time. While these stories and words of support are incredibly important and necessary, this work is just beginning.
Trans and non-binary families within our community have a unique set of needs that words of support alone cannot address. They need action, now. The discrimination transgender people face often leads to a lack of safety, inclusion, and acknowledgement, which in turn feeds the statistics that are often cited regarding depression, drug abuse, and self-harm in transgender communities. These statistics are preventable by providing affirming love and care within a home and a community. That is where the work of TransParent Alliance begins.
The TransParent Alliance
When the conversations around gender identity begin, many parents are at a loss on how to handle them. At the TransParent Alliance, we will focus on helping families through these initial experiences.
The purpose of the TransParent Alliance is:
- to provide support and education to parents of transgender children;
- to advocate for gender inclusive policies and practices within communities;
- to bring public awareness to the challenges affecting transgender families; and
- to connect families to local resources, including support groups.
We are happy to report that we have already begun our work. We have established a working board, are actively pursuing fiscal sponsorship via Propel, and are working on creating an official Guide to Becoming Your Child’s First Ally.
Once we have completed the organizational phase of creating a new non-profit, we will move toward our larger goals of working to help parents navigate through the school system and advocate for their children by working with administrators, teachers, and support staff on how to provide gender affirming care. We want to thank you for your support as we start on this important journey. Whether you donated, registered to stay informed, or offered to help with future volunteer opportunities – you took action – and that matters. Together we can create communities where transgender kids can be who they really are…just kids.
With kindness and hope this holiday season,
The TransParent Alliance