the 2022 National Trans Youth Council (TRUTH)!

Do you want to join a 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 it into practice? Do you want to share your own story and support other trans youth in sharing theirs?

All council members are eligible for an educational award each quarter of $300 totaling to $1,000 a year.

The National Trans Youth (TRUTH) Program was established in 2015. TRUTH is a media-based organizing and leadership development program of Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network and Transgender Law Center. 

The National Trans Youth Council is an opportunity to:

  1. Build community with other trans and nonbinary young people nationwide, through team projects and virtual gatherings
  2. Learn in-depth skills and knowledge about the power of media in organizing and practice using trainings to expand capacity
  3. Craft and share your story in order to challenge common narratives about what it means to be young and trans, while supporting other trans youth sharing theirs

Our team welcomes all young, transgender and non-binary activists from ages 13-18 to apply for open council positions. We prioritize applications from parts of our community who are historically unrepresented, including but not limited to: Black people, Indigenous people, non-Black people of color, trans women, non-binary fem people, high school students, system-impacted people, and former foster youth who are committed to bringing change for transgender communities across the nation!

The National Trans Youth Council is a leadership development program that will run March 2022 – December 2022. The program requires members to have capacity for 5-8 hours per month to attend council calls and to take part in team campaigns and projects. The council is convened on a monthly basis during “All Council” virtual calls that will be used for team updates and media training. Council members can also look forward to project-based online meetings and planning (as a team) TRUTH’s annual day of action: GSA Day 4 Gender Justice, each November. We think of our youth council as an opportunity to grow as leaders and build our capacity to lead the movement for transgender liberation. We ask for your commitment in showing up as a member, both during virtual gatherings as well as the online team calls and projects.

If you would like to know more about our work with past councils, visit our website and follow our program’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook via @ourtranstruth!

We are excited to welcome in a new cohort of young trans and nonbinary leaders! Questions should be emailed to Yozantli Lagunas Guerrero, the Trans Youth Justice Organizer and TRUTH program coordinator, at [email protected]

If you are a trans gurl of color looking for a leadership opportunity, check out our other program called the Roses Initiative! This is a space intended for trans women and gurls of color as well as nonbinary trans women and gurls of color who are looking for community where you can strengthen your organizing and leadership skills while gaining sisterhood. If you are interested in learning more and applying, click here!