Un- or under-employment. Harassment and violence. Suicide. These were the sobering things I considered as I prepared to transition, the risks that I run as a transgender person in our society. And as frightening as those things were and are for me, they are orders of magnitude worse for trans people who are young, who are people of color, who are female, and/or who lack access to education, job skills, and employment.
The statistics are grim, to say the least - according to the Gay and Lesbian Task force:
•15% of the sample population earns less than $10K per year (an additional 21% earns less than $20K)
• 78% of transgender Americans faced severe harassment during childhood
• 41% had attempted suicide, compared to the general population, where only 1.6% have attempted suicide
That is why I want you to know about Trans Tech, a tech skills training academy focussing on trans people. I'm currently on their advisory board and their 15k in 15 Days Committee, and today is my day. My goal is to help raise at least $1,000 to help launch their new program to address unemployment in the transgender community.
The TransTech Apprenticeship is meant to equip people with skills for Graphic Design and Web Coding, while they work on real life paid projects. It's a win-win - the students get experience and build a work portfolio, while members of the community can access their services at very reasonable rates. And any profits go back to support the program.
So yes, I’m asking you to donate to this cause, and to share this campaign in your networks. The tech world has been good to me, so I want other trans folk to get a start in it as well. I hope you feel the same.
Please check out our funding page - http://igg.me/at/transtechsocial/x
, which has a video (featuring me!) that explains the project a bit more. And for even more information, please visit http://transtechsocial.org
or ping me.
And then please donate and share.