Statements

At the core of TRUTH is the challenging of who is speaking at the forefront of transgender liberation movements. TRUTH has worked to insert our ourselves at the table and offer our perspectives, just as valid as any other transgender organizers on the ground.

Here are our collection of statements and releases that include the perspectives and words of transgender youth regarding events that directly, or indirectly, affected our community.

GJLP ‘No Pride Without Trans Youth’ Community Report Back on the Spring 2021 Legislative Session

Led by the wisdom and stories of young trans and nonbinary leaders, Gender Justice Leadership Programs offers a community report-back on what we saw, felt, and learned throughout the 2021 Spring Legislative Session. As we witnessed state after state introduce bills that used inaccurate and hurtful narratives to threaten the rights of trans people, it …

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Apply for the 2021 National TRUTH (Trans Youth) Council

Submit your application here by January 14, 2021, at 11:59 pm. Do you want to join the team of young transgender and nonbinary organizers challenging media narratives of our people? Do you want to deepen your organizing and campaign skills, develop your leadership and put this into practice? Do you want to share your own …

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#BlackTransLivesMatter Statement from National Trans Youth Council

As the National Trans Youth Council, we are in solidarity with our Black trans sisters, brothers, and siblings around the country and around the world. As a council made up of Black, Indigenous, people of color, and white members, we as a collective of trans youth condemn the anti-Black violence and murders at the hands …

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Trans Youth Denounce Efforts to Restrict Access to Healthcare and Athletics

The National Trans Youth Council denounces the extreme and violent actions of state legislators across the country who have proposed bills that would severely restrict healthcare access for transgender youth. The latest attempts by legislators serve as further evidence that there is a pervasive backlash against transgender youth who are asserting their right to live …

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Apply for the 2020 National TRUTH (Trans Youth) Council

Do you want to join the team of young transgender and nonbinary organizers challenging media narratives of our people? Do you want to deepen your organizing and campaign skills, develop your leadership and put this into practice? Do you want to share your own story and support other trans youth in sharing theirs? Apply for …

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TRUTH SCOTUS Response

October 10, 2019 – On October 8th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on three cases regarding whether gender identity and sexual orientation are protected from employment discrimination through Title VII’s language of “on the basis of sex.” The National TRUTH Council calls upon the Supreme Court to rule in favor of queer and trans …

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Dear HRC: Let’s talk about allyship

This week, leadership from the Human Rights Campaign announced a sweeping proposal to reshift the organization and allocate attention and funding toward work for transgender and non-binary communities. The plan outlined intentions to build economic power, leadership, legislative protections and public education to the benefit of our people.The announcement was paired with self-reflection from the …

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Apply for the 2019 National TRUTH (Trans Youth) Council

UPDATE: Our application season for 2019 has closed. Our next application season to join our National Trans Youth Council will open again around November of 2019. Application opens: November 19, 2018 Applications closes: December 31, 2018 ~ Do you want to join the team of young transgender and nonbinary organizers challenging media narratives of our …

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Apply for the 2018 National TRUTH (Trans Youth) Council

Update: our application season has closed. Want to fight back against stereotypes of who trans youth are? Lead campaigns with other trans and gender nonconforming youth across the country? Share your own story and support other trans youth in sharing theirs? Apply for a paid ($100/month) position on our TRUTH council! We welcome young, transgender/genderqueer/non-binary …

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A Note of Encouragement For Trans Youth, From Trans Youth

From the brick-throwers of Stonewall to the youth testifying about legislation that impacts them, the power of our movement is led by young people openly challenging gender roles and every other role set before us. It is important to remind ourselves of this as the trans community (and especially young trans people) continues to bear …

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Letter from trans youth: We will continue to show up for each other

Today the Supreme Court chose not to hear the case of Gavin Grimm, and our hearts grew a bit heavier. As transgender young people at this moment of history, we are carrying so much weight. We are carrying fear – of violence towards us and our siblings, of legislation that criminalizes our bodies, of being …

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I need you to #ShowUp4TransYouth

Transgender and gender nonconforming youth have faced decades of discrimination, harassment, verbal and physical assault, and isolation from our communities, yet we have always come out stronger. With a government that has tried to police everything from what we wear to which bathroom we use, trans youth need to remember the power we hold within …

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Remember Your Power: A Statement from Transgender Youth on the Next Four Years

This post was originally published in The Advocate. Donald Trump is taking office and we are still transgender. As young people, we find it hard to comprehend what a world looks like without President Obama in the Oval Office. It is hard to understand what it could mean to have someone so openly anti-queer and …

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What does the #MyTransBodyIs Campaign mean to you?

“Do you hate your body?” and other things adults asked me a lot when I was seventeen. I grew into the fullness of my gender in central Alabama as a young, weird femme. Weird as in pop punk messy, as in giant scarves-as-hairbows and tattered hightops, as in lipstick and eyeliner that competed over which was …

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