MOTIVATE: A Transgender Justice Initiative Program

Produced by the HRC Foundation

Our Trans Justice Initiative’s MOTIVATE Program advances the leadership of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) transmen and transmasculine nonbinary folks by connecting them with other community members and investing in their professional development and leadership skills.

MOTIVATE consists of a full day of in-person training in Atlanta and one TransTalks webinar.

The previous cohort consisted of 8 fellows from the Atlanta region, meeting for dinner on May 12 and a full-day convening on May 13. Beyond the cohort-based curriculum, fellows received a $500 stipend, travel, lodging, as well as dinner on Friday and all meals on Saturday.

The MOTIVATE curriculum includes:

  1. Cultivating Transmasculine Leaders
  2. Networking
  3. Public Speaking
  4. Knowing Your Worth & Securing the Bag

The application deadline for the 2023 MOTIVATE cohort has passed, check back next year!

Meet Our 2024 Fellows:

  • Brayland Brown (He/Him)

  • D'Jamel Young (He/Him)

  • Sybastian Smith (He/Him)

  • Quinton Reynolds (He/Him)

  • Elijah Nicholas (He/Him)

  • Alex Santiago (He/Him)

  • Ja'Mel Ware (He/Him)

  • Jackson Starr (He/Him)

  • CJ Moseley (He/Him)

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Trans Changemakers 2022-2023

Our changemakers share their experiences with TJI's programs, and the impact these programs have had on their daily lives. Learn more about the program through the experiences of cohort members and alumni from MOTIVATE.

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Trans Changemakers 2023-2024

Read stories from our most current changemakers and learn more about the program through the experiences from cohort members and alumni from MOTIVATE.

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Trans Talks: Motivate Monday and Transmasculinity

Tune in as we talk transmasculinity and MOTIVATE, HRCF's new leadership cohort for transmasc leaders.

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