Transgender Justice Initiative

Since 2013, more than 200 transgender and gender-expansive individuals have been killed in the United States.

Even in the face of this physical danger, hatred and discrimination, transgender Americans live courageously and overcome unjust barriers in all corners of our country. But until we as a country collectively address and dismantle these barriers, transgender people will continue to face higher rates of discrimination, poverty, homelessness and violence.

While it’s tempting and common to pursue largely reactive and temporary solutions, we must address the root causes of this violence to make our communities safer for everyone. It is unacceptable that transgender and gender-expansive people are killed simply because of who they are.

It’s not enough to grieve the loss of victims of anti-transgender violence. We must honor their memories with action.

Here are a variety of resources we have for the transgender community.


Understanding Anti-Transgender Violence and Ending the Crisis

Addressing Anti-Transgender Violence

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Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2020

In 2019, advocates tracked at least 27 deaths of at least transgender or gender non-conforming people in the U.S. due to fatal violence, the majority of whom were Black transgender women.
Learn Moreabout Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2020
Join this web series from HRC and Trans Can Work to connect transgender and non-binary job seekers with opportunities and resources.

About this Series

Transgender and non-binary people, and particularly those of color, experience higher unemployment and underemployment rates than their cisgender peers. With national unemployment soaring amidst the COVID-19 health crisis, these communities stand to be further marginalized and cut off from economic security and opportunity.

While many employers are laying off and furloughing workers, there are others who are hiring. Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Trans Can Work's "Who's Hiring" webcast series will highlight current employment opportunities and provide information on how to apply for them. All types of roles across all industries will be featured.

In addition, the HRC Foundation and our partners at Trans Can Work will provide additional job preparation resources such as on-demand sessions for resume prep and building interviewing skills.

For more information and to watch previous episodes.

ACTIVATE: Building the Capacity of Leaders on the Frontlines

ACTIVATE is a professional development program designed for Black, Latinx TGNCNB, and POC community leaders with two years or more of advocacy and community organizing experience. ACTIVATE is an expanded version of the ELEVATE fellowship. ACTIVATE seeks to provide an in-depth and comprehensive training curriculum that addresses the core skills needed to advance access to leadership roles in the LGBTQ+ nonprofit sector. Participants will receive a stipend upon successful completion of the program.

Program Dates:

August 2020 - July 2020

Virtual Training Dates:

August 28 & 29, 2020

For more information click here.

ELEVATE: A Fellowship Advancing Public Health Leadership for Transgender Women of Color

The ELEVATE Fellowship advances the leadership of Black and Latinx transgender women in the South by effectively increasing their capacity to navigate and improve public health systems. This program, rooted in skills-building and professional and leadership development, consists of one intensive digital training and three interactive webinars that lead to an increase in competencies improving health outcomes among Black and Latinx transgender women -- participants will receive a stipend upon completion of the fellowship.

Program Dates:

August 2020 - July 2021

Virtual Training Dates:

August 28 - 29, 2020

For more information click here.