Local Organizations You Can Support for Transgender Awareness Day – OutSmart Magazine

Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), an annual holiday held on March 31 to empower trans and non-binary people around the world, also raises awareness of the discrimination and violence faced by the trans community.

In Houston, several events are organized to honor TDOV. But how else can we celebrate the local trans community, now and always?

Activists asked us to promote trans equality by educating ourselves about trans issues, reaching out to lawmakers to pass trans-affirming legislation, and speaking out against transphobia. We are also encouraged to donate to trans-led organizations, which currently only receive 4 cents out of $100 donated to other LGBTQ groups.

OutSmart staff has compiled the following list of Houston-based organizations run by members of the trans community. If you know of a band that has been omitted from the list below, email [email protected].

Black trans women inc.

Since 2012, this organization has been committed to empowering the black trans-female community with programs and resources to help inspire individual growth and contribute to the greater good of society. Diamond Styles, of Houston, is the executive director of this national group.

To make a donation, go to here.

gender infinity

Based here in Space City, Gender Infinity services are grounded in gender-affirming approaches for transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, and gender-nonconforming people, as well as their families and providers. Each year, they host the nation’s largest annual conference in the South for trans youth and their families.

To make a donation, go to here.

Marsha’s Plate

Three friends get together for a podcast every Thursday to share opinions and perspectives that center the black trans perspective. The podcast is hosted by Houston-based black trans digital strategists, feminists and civil rights advocates.

To become a patron, go here.

Latina Organization of Trans in Texas

This organization is dedicated to advocating, protecting, and ensuring equal rights for trans people in Texas. The Houston-based organization is run by Latina trans women and provides resources to the trans community.

To make a donation, go to here.

Pride Portraits

Founded by Houston trans activist Eden Torres, Pride Portraits is dedicated to representing the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies, one photograph and one story at a time.

To make a donation, go to here.

Save Our Sisters United, Inc. and Save our sons and brothers

Breaking down barriers and stigma while standing together and holistically empowering Black people of trans experience is the mission of Save Our Sisters United, Inc. (SOSU). The organization was founded by several Houston trans women of color.

SOSU’s spin-off organization, Save Our Sons & Brothers, is a Houston-based social network for trans men and transmasculine people of color. SOSB provides a space to share experiences, resources and exist as your most authentic self.

To make a donation, go to here.

The Mahogany Project, Inc.

Founded in 2017 by Verniss McFarland III, The Mahogany Project, Inc. aims to reduce social isolation, stigma, and acts of injustice in TQLGB+ communities of color. The organization also recently opened Houston’s first resource center for the black trans community.

To make a donation, go to here.

Texas Transgender Education Network

Dedicated to promoting gender equality in the Lone Star State, TENT strives to accomplish its mission through education and networking in public and private forums. Houston-based Executive Director Emmett Schelling leads a statewide team working to end discrimination through social, legislative, and corporate education.

TransGriot LLC

Inspired by popular Transgriot blog run by the late Houston-based black trans journalist and activist Monica Roberts, TransGriot LLC is a online publication that hires, supports and empowers black trans contributors.

To make a donation, go to here.