While transgender people have entered a new age of visibility, violence against TGNC people is on the rise. Faced with high rates of police violence, health discrimination, housing insecurity, widespread isolation, and interpersonal violence, TGNC people are especially vulnerable to harm. Moreover, faced with a lack of resources to meet our cultural needs, TGNC API people are often isolated within our own API communities and from institutions meant to support us.
Our Trans Justice Initiative builds a community of TGNC API people and allies to respond to these needs and to bring full recognition and safety to all TGNC people. Together, we train members on community safety skills, conduct research to uplift our needs, and design curriculum on our histories to educate our allies. We mobilize hundreds in our SF Trans March API Contingent each year, train spokespeople to shift narratives about trans people in Asian media, work with other TGNC communities to improve housing access, healthcare, and safety, and more.
I came out as trans when I only knew a handful of queer and trans API folks. I felt isolated, and I thought I had to navigate my transition alone. I joined APIENC’s Trans Justice committee with the hope of seeing the intersection of my identity reflected in others. To exist in a room full of other TGNC API folks, who are aligned in their values of justice and equity, is a unique opportunity: there is energy in the space that gives me hope. It is a reminder that our community is strong and that things can change for the better. – Leo Hegde
Trans Justice Committee
In 2016, in response to conversations about how to address issues affecting our TGNC community members, APIENC volunteers organized the member-led Trans Justice Committee. The committee meets every month to provide TGNC API folks with a space to organize strategic projects which respond to our needs, build deep relationships to combat isolation, and grow a skilled, lasting community of TGNC API leaders.
We partner with other TGNC organizations locally, statewide, and nationally in order to grow intersectional, multiracial TGNC power. In 2019, along with Gender Justice LA, APIENC began to co-coordinate the Transform California coalition, a state-wide coalition of TGNC organizations seeking deeper alignment in our work and a greater trust in our relationships. APIENC also participates in the SF Our Trans Home coalition to fight for trans housing, and was a founder of the Ricebreakers TGNC API collective in the Bay Area.
(6/27/19): APIENC staff and Core members discuss the upcoming 2019 SF Trans March and the TGNC API Bay Area Needs Assessment.
APEX Express Radio Show
(6/25/18): Brief profiles and reflections on the importance of 2018 SF Trans March from APIENC staff and members.