What’s the story?
This year has been the year of donations and activism for our family. It doesn’t feel like enough (and unfortunately, as most people, our funds are limited). The desire to give more feels more urgent with news of the Trump administration revoking protections for transgender students. Design is one way I can do that.
People deserve to know they are supported, loved, and valued. The original intent of this design was to produce stickers spread them around the city to share a small message of love. Again, it didn’t seem like enough. Finding inspiration the successful fundraising done by James White (@SignalNoise) with his Rogue NASA Insignia shirt for Black Girls Code and FIRST, I decided to submit my design to Cotton Bureau. It was approved and now the 14 day countdown to sell shirts began.
Why these three organizations?
Trans women of color suffer the highest rates of violence and discrimination among gender non-conforming people. The grass-roots organization Trans Women of Color Collective’s mission is to “uplift the narratives, lived experiences, and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color.”
Transgender youth experience dramatically higher rates of suicide and self-harming attempts than straight youth. Victimization such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse increases the likelihood of self-harming by 2.5 times , while parental rejection quadruples the risk. Seven percent (7%) attempted suicide in the past year—nearly twelve times the rate in the U.S. population (0.6%). The Trevor Project is a national 24-hour confidential suicide hotline for LGBT youth.
Transgender youth and adults also face troubling statistics when it comes to housing and mental health. The True Colors fund provides advocacy, training and education and youth collaboration programs to end homelessness among LGBT youth.
 CDC. (2016). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 James, S. E., Herman, J. L., Rankin, S., Keisling, M., Mottet, L., & Anafi, M. (2016). The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Washington, DC: National Center for Transgender Equality.