FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Roz Gould Keith
Executive Director, Stand with Trans
Stand with Trans Hosts First-Ever Month-Long Virtual Experience for Trans Youth and Allies
Celebrating gender diversity, empowering youth, educating community
Farmington Hills, MI: This October, a Detroit-based, national organization serving transgender youth is not letting COVID-19 prevent them from saving lives. The global pandemic has crippled many nonprofit events but Stand with Trans is doubling down by dramatically expanding its traditional one-day in-person event, into a month-long extravaganza of entertainment, workshops, networking, peer-support and more.
For many trans youth, social distancing is incredibly difficult, and staying at home may not be the safest choice they make.
The theme this year is Be YOU. Presenters include Dr. Marci Bowers, gender confirmation surgeon, Kristin Beck, former Navy Seal and trans woman, Owen Bondono, trans man and Michigan’s Teacher of the Year, Dr. Daniel Shumer, pediatric endocrinologist and co-founder of the University of Michigan’s child and adolescent gender clinic at Mott Children’s Hospital, KidPower International (people safety/skill building), Sander Jennings (Jazz Jennings older brother) and so many more.
Due to the global pandemic, all content will be presented virtually. Sponsors currently include Springmatter, TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation and Bernard Wealth Management. October is LGBT history month and Stand with Trans will celebrate National Coming Out Day, International Intersex Awareness and National Pronoun Day throughout the month. Friday Fun Nights will include a musical showcase, iPhone “foto” fun for kids, and a Costume Dance Party on October 30 with nationally recognized DJ Ome.
It is an unprecedented era for trans visibility and this month-long (first of its kind) event amplifies and validates the voices of the trans/nonbinary youth served by Stand with Trans. More than half of transgender youth have attempted or seriously contemplated suicide. A major cause for this alarming rate is a lack of support from family and community. LGBTQ+ kids who have at least one supportive adult in their lives are 40 percent less likely to attempt suicide than those who have no supportive adults. One person can mean the difference between life and death for an LGBTQ+ child.
Stand with Trans, the only organization in Michigan whose mission is to support transgender youth, has provided a source of light in the darkness to underserved, marginalized children and their families since 2015. The Annual Trans Empowerment Workshop centers around providing resources, education, and life-saving tools to transgender/nonbinary youth and their families. The content will be geared to young gender diverse children through adults depending on the subject matter. All sessions require registration. Youth may attend at no charge. There is a fee for adults; one fee = all sessions!
Stand With Trans is publishing a trans/non-binary youth-led newspaper. All youth must be at least 12 years old and will receive a stipend for their time.
Get the details at: https://bit.ly/swtnews
What would YOU like to see at our 2020 Stand with Trans Empowerment Workshop? Your input matters: we’d love to hear ideas from trans youth and their parents on what would be engaging, helpful, and fun programming.
Join a Zoom brainstorming session by signing up for a session below. Recipients will receive a small gift for participating!
Questions? Contact Roz Keith at 248-739-9254 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Roz Gould Keith
Executive Director, Stand with Trans
248-907-4853 • email@example.com
Stand with Trans Expands Support Groups Offerings
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak will host monthly parent and trans youth groups
Farmington Hills, MI: Beginning September 11, 2019, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak will host two Stand with Trans support groups; a trans/gender diverse youth group and a parent group. The groups will meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Administration Building on the Royal Oak campus. There is no fee to attend and registration is not necessary. Snacks will be provided. All participation is confidential.
Dale Rogalski, MA, will lead the youth group. He is a psychotherapist in private practice with significant experience working with adolescents who identify as trans and gender diverse. Dale also facilitates the Stand with Trans youth group in Wyandotte each month.
The parent group will be facilitated by Tejinder Gill who is an ally, advocate and parent of two sons, one of who is transgender. Over the past several years, she has used her personal experiences to learn and grow while sharing her story to educate the community.
Susan Grant, DNP, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, Beaumont Health Executive Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, said, “Beaumont understands the importance of supporting the unique needs of all our patient families. People with transgender/gender diverse children need community resources, which are often difficult to find.”
Dr. David Wood, MD, Beaumont Health Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer added, “We are proud to work with Stand with Trans to bring these new groups to the Beaumont, Royal Oak campus.”
For more information about this group or other Stand with Trans groups and resources, visit www.standwithtrans.org.
The statistics regarding transgender youth are evolving. Currently this is what it looks like when teens do not have the support from family, friends and community:
- 78% of transgender youth in K-12 had experienced harassment. ¹
- 80% of transgender students felt unsafe at school. ²
- Parental Support Matters. Only 15% of trans youth without parental support described their mental health as “very good” or excellent, compared to 70% of trans youth with parental support. ³
- 55% of trans youth have been physically attacked.4
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2019
Roz Gould Keith
Stand with Trans
Stand with Trans Expands Ally Moms
Support Program Transitions to Ally Parents
Farmington, MI: With Ally Moms in nearly 50 states, Stand with Trans will now offer all parents of transgender individuals the opportunity to apply to be “love at the other end of the phone.” With approximately 250 moms currently on the list, another 150 applications waiting to be processed, and the addition of dads and other parents, Stand with Trans predicts that the network of support will climb to 600 before the year is out.
Ally Moms began four years ago when founder, Roz Gould Keith, and another mom were grieving the loss of Leelah Alcorn, a young transgender woman who died by suicide. Alcorn had no parental support and even in her death was misgendered by her family. Transgender youth, parents and allies, can reach out to an Ally Parent, formerly called Ally Moms, for resources, encouragement and a friendly voice. The support is free, and a published list provides a cell phone number and the state where the parent lives.
In order to become an Ally Parent, one must be a parent of a transgender individual, submit an application and agree to a background check. Once that is complete, the Ally Parent is added to the list, provided with a training video and is invited to join a secret Facebook group. To access the list, go to www.standwithtrans.org/ally-parents.
Stand with Trans is a nonprofit 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.