Stand with Trans is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide the tools needed by transgender youth so they will be empowered, supported and validated as they transition to their authentic life.
Since 2015 Stand with Trans has been dedicated to developing programs, Educational Events and Support Groups to serve the Transgender Youth. Our mission is to provide the tools needed by transgender youth so they will be empowered, supported and validated as they transition to their authentic life.
When our son, Hunter, came out to me in early 2013, I knew we had to do something. There was very little out there in the way of resources. I really had no idea what it meant to be transgender. Of course, now, there is something almost daily in my news feed, on social media and in the evening news about trans* individuals; albeit not all positive. However, the awareness is growing and that is a good thing.
Stand with Trans was founded in February, 2015. As a federally approved, not for profit, all donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.
Executive Director and Founder, Board President
My son tells people that I “am obsessed” with all things trans. That’s not exactly true — in fact, not even remotely true. The fact is, however, that I am interested in educating myself and have jumped in feet first so that I can help my son be the best, authentic version of himself.
I love social media. I blog. I run a marketing business. I struggle to stay fit. I like good food. I love my family. I am OBSESSED with my dog. I care about others. I would do anything for my children. I believe in community. To contact me, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have facilitated groups in Washtenaw County such as Trans Together and MYTransVoice. I am passionate about creating spaces for trans folks to not only get support but also to make vital social connections.
In my spare time, I am a mentor and writer. I enjoy reading poetry and getting outside as much as I can.
Board of Directors
It has been a learning experience, and like any worthwhile learning experience, it forces us to grow, both in knowledge and love, as well as in our willingness to look beyond our bias and pre-conceived notions. We are dedicated to guiding “Stand with Trans” to a place where transgender youth and adults can find the resources and support they need.
I am a Creative Director, dedicated dad and dog lover… I love exercise, writing poetry and watching movies. While living in NYC I served as a Self-Esteem and Substance Abuse Counselor and studied martial arts. I am presently a Certified Radix Practitioner.
I worked as a public librarian in a variety of professional capacities for over 30 years, primarily working in youth services. I have also worked in an administrative and secretarial capacity at a busy medical office. I am an avid advocate for children and youth, with special interests in early childhood, literacy, and helping people of all ages find resources and information to counter bias and stereotypes. Children need advocates, and I am passionate about supporting them and helping others find the resources and programs to become better educated and informed.
My son, Daniel, is currently a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Michigan and is the physician provider at the new U of M Pediatric Gender Management Clinic. His passion for helping transgender and gender expansive youth lead to my own interest and enthusiasm. I feel it is important for me to educate and enlighten so many who just do not understand.
I received my Undergraduate degree and Masters in Library Science degree from the University of Michigan.
I’m here because I have a deeply held belief and faith that our beautiful trans youth will live in a world that describes them as mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, neighbors, artists, doctors, and lawyers before it defines them as transgender. I’m here to empower trans people to follow their dreams and make the world a better place.
I happen to be a trans woman, but I am also so much more than that. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a Godmother, a college graduate, an analyst in Corporate America, and the Treasurer of this amazing organization.
Tejinder K. Gill
I am a Certified Dream Builder life coach helping people architect the life they love to live. I am also an engineer serving the automotive sector for past 27 years. I am a proud mom, involved in multiple projects that are aimed to give back to the community. I strive to be the change that I wants to see in the world – ‘accept everyone as they are.’
I am a Metro Detroit native and have worked in higher education for 17 years. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English, and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology.
I became a volunteer, then board member, because I was raised to give back and support non-profit organizations who have helped me. Roz was my Ally Parent via supportive text messages, early in my journey, so it was important to become involved when I was at a point where I could.
I am a socially awkward, self-professed geek and amateur baker with a love for books, minor league baseball, road trips, and spoiling my Shih-Tzu.
Antonia Caretto, Ph.D.
Michigan and the Alliant International University California School of Professional Psychology. Dr.
Caretto’s 1991 doctoral dissertation research was on “Familial Homosexuality Among Women and It’s
Relationship to Childhood Gender Role Non-Conformity and Adult Sex Role.”
Dr. Caretto has a solo private practice in Farmington Hills, Michigan and gender identity development
continues to the focus of much of her work. Dr. Caretto presented her research on transgender youth at the
WPATH Symposium in Bangkok Thailand in 2014 and recently co-authored an article: “Initial Clinical
Guidelines for Co-Occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Dysphoria or Incongruence in
In addition to treating gender diverse adults, teens, and children she provides training on transgender
identities to a variety of consumer and professional groups including medical professionals at Henry Ford
Health System and the University of Michigan, University of Toledo, and Oakland University Medical
Dan Shumer, M.D.
Sara Wiener, LMSW
Director of Mental Health Services within Child & Adolescent Gender Services at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Director of Comprehensive Gender Services at Michigan Medicine
Former Board Members
Former Board Member
Former Board Member
I run a support group for parents of transgender youth in Lake Orion under Stand with Trans. In February 2016, I completed a 6-month training program through ACLU of Michigan. Through this training, I learned how to interact with legislatures at a community and state level to discuss issues the transgender community deals with on a daily basis and to help advance the community’s need for rights and protections.