The experiences, strengths, and identities of transgender youth are not well understood, even by the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and other identities) community and allies in the broader community. Many transgender youth are forced out of their homes and into “the system” or onto the street. To address the understated issue, TransYouth Speak connected transgender youth with allies to create social change through social media.
The project served dual purposes:
- Providing direct support and mentorship to transgender youth.
Supporting youth and allies in creating media and disseminating messages that challenge negative stereotypes of the transgender community, inform others on the challenges they face, and propose positive avenues for action and advocacy.
The project was discontinued as local LGBTQ+ organizations became more active in providing specific and welcoming support to transgender young people in the Los Angeles area. However, the youth-generated social media accounts still exist and we would love to find an organization with young people who we can hand them over to!
Project staff provided ongoing mentorship and technical support to youth staff of Children's Hospital Los Angeles’ Center for Transyouth Health and Development and the Los Angeles Transgender Service Provider Network, indirectly impacting hundreds of young trans individuals.
See TransYouth Speak Social Media