Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex (TGNCI) communities are one of the most marginalized communities in our society, but many lack the the knowledge and resources to address social and health inequities in our Los Angeles communities. Additionally, the conservative political right has long targeted trans communities through divisive anti-trans legislation, policies, and litigation. Discrimination runs rampant in the lives of trans people regularly, especially for those that identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Barriers to accessing housing, health care, education, employment, and other basic needs have only been exacerbated by COVID-19. In a time that we are met with emergency and scarcity, we are seeing the effects of a society that has historically failed to address the many specific needs of TGNC people.
The TransLatin@ Coalition began in 2009 as a grassroots response to aid Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex (TGI) immigrants living in the United States. Eleven years later and they have grown into a nationally recognized organization in 10 states across the US and provide direct services for those in the Los Angeles and West Hollywood areas. Their goal is to not only meet the specific needs of the TransLatin@ community but to improve the quality of life.
In addition to the variety of services they offer, including warm meals, outreach, case management, advocacy, and a re-entry program, they are working to develop TGI individual as leaders and to advocate for the needs and issues of the TGI community.
Our practice here at UUSM is to dedicate half of our non-pledge Sunday offerings to organizations doing work in the world that advances our Unitarian Universalist principles; the other 50% of the offering is used to support the life of our church.
UUSM’s Generous Congregation supports our church community. And together, we uplift the reach and impact of vital organizations doing work we could not do on our own. This month, half of our Sunday offerings will go to TransLatin@ Coalition. With your support, we can help TransLatin@ continue to provide resources, as well as advocacy work and leadership development for the TGI community.
Please consider supporting the mission of our church, and UUFME. To give $10 right now, text “$10 GCC” (or another amount) to 844-982-0209. (One-time-only credit card registration required.)