WE KEEP US SAFE MEDIA CAMPAIGN!
About the Campaign:
Many transgender people face stigma, discrimination, social rejection, and exclusion that prevent them from fully participating in society. Currently, 78,000 transgender people across eight states with strict voter id laws report not having any ID to match their current gender. Identification is necessary when accessing health care, education, employment, housing, and when interacting with police officers or other government officials. These factors affect the health and well-being of transgender people, placing them at increased risk for HIV, mental illness, and violence.
Due to the discrimination our community faces, trans people cannot rely on the police to protect us. We cannot rely on media to report our stories. We cannot rely on churches to nurture our spirits or our government to recognize our identities. As trans people of color living in America’s rural, religious South we have only each other to rely on. So, when stricter policy change is implemented, when major climate events occur or when random acts of violence occur we need to look out for each other. TKO believes that we must prioritize creating space for those most marginalized members of the community, including Black and transgender people and meeting their needs. Donations received from this fundraising campaign will help us continue to provide direct support services (Name Changes, HRT, food boxes etc.) to Trans & Queer people across Alabama.
Through our documentary film projects, social media presence, and storytelling efforts, we craft community-based media campaigns that reflect the diverse, real-life experiences of TGNC and LGBQ people and those living with HIV in the South.
We would like to expand our services to provide emergency and short-term housing to Trans/Queer people living in Alabama. None of the homeless shelters are trained to service trans identified clients and none report having beds available for transgender clients based on gender identity. We have identified a potential property in historic Selma, AL that would make an amazing shelter. The property features 5 large bedroom with 3 bathrooms, dining room, two kitchens and large common areas. We have secured $10,000 to make a down payment on the property but are seeking additional support for renovating and furnishing the property. Our Goal is to raise an additional $30,000 to make updates to the bathrooms, kitchen, and common areas, plus purchase bedroom furniture, and stock the house with supplies for our clients.
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SPONSOR A SAFETY KIT FOR OUR TRANS SISTERS
MAKE A DONATION TODAY TO SUPPORT OUR ESSENTIAL SUPPORT SERVICES FUND AND PROVIDE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES FOR ONE OF OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS MY SISTAH’S HOUSE-MEMPHIS, TN. DONORS RECEIVE FREE SWAG ( T-SHIRTS, POSTERS, STICKERS, CUSTOM BUTTONS AND MORE)! *INFORMATION ABOUT PARTNER ORGANIZATION AVAILABLE*
BLACKOUT YOUR SM PROFILE PHOTO!
JOIN THE MOVEMENT AND SHOW SUPPORT BY CHANGING YOUR PROFILE PHOTO TO ONE OF OUR APPROVED PHOTOS TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE VIOLENCE AND STIGMA THAT BLACK TRANS WOMEN NAVIGATE DAILY. MAKE POSTS USING OUR PREFERRED HASHTAGS *DIGITAL DOWNLOADS AVAILABLE WITH $1 DONATION*
BE A FEATURED GUEST ON TKO’S UPCOMING PODCAST/WEBCAST WHERE WE SPEAK WITH LOCAL ACTIVISTS, CHALLENGE LOCAL POLICY, AND DISCUSS ISSUES RELEVANT TO OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS! (GOLDEN AMBASSADORS WILL RECEIVE SHOUT-OUTS DURING CURRENT AND FUTURE SHOWS)