There has been some progress made in societal acceptance of the trans community, but there is a long way to go. Most communities still lack adequate support systems for trans people and their families to help navigate through. In this week's "Washtenaw United," Roz Gould Keith joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her family's journey and the nonprofit organization it inspired, Stand with Trans.
WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw County to explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area. And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services. It is a community voice. It is 'Washtenaw United.'
ABOUT ROZ GOULD KEITH:
Roz is a fierce advocate for the transgender/gender diverse community. She founded Stand with Trans, created Ally Parents, and blogs on Call Him Hunter. She facilitates parent support groups, educates on trans issues and collaborates with community organizations to provide resources to trans youth and families. Currently the Executive Director of Stand with Trans, she is a recipient of the Diversity Champion Honor Roll Award. Roz is married, has two beautiful children, and a feisty rescue dog, Primrose. She resides in Farmington, MI.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many community membershave been affected by it. Therefore, many organizations had to increase their capacity in a sizable manner. Stand with Trans is an organization 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. In its initial funding partnership, UWWC funded Stand with Trans from the COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund Grant. $10,000 was granted for the provision of outreach, virtual engagement and supports to trans youth and their families, designed to be a relief from the monotony of social distancing and long periods of self-isolation with family--especially for trans youth who are forced to take shelter with unsupportive family members.
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