Resources in the Chicago area and beyond–aligned with the needs of Black trans and gnc communities–that we recommend!

Trans-Led Community Organizations

Trans Liberation Collective
Brave Space Alliance
Invisible to Invincible
Chicago Dyke March Collective
TransLatina Coalition
Two Spirit Society of Chicago


Accomplice Organizations

Black Lives Matter Chicago
Assata’s Daughters
Sex Worker Outreach Project Chicago
Arab American Action Network
For The People Artists Collective
Survived and Punished
Organized Communities Against Deportations
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence


Drop-In, Health and Youth Programs

Broadway Youth Center
Taskforce Prevention and Community Services
Project Fierce Chicago
Ujimaa Medics


Police and Prison Abolition

Project NIA
People’s Response Team
Chicago Copwatch
Black & Pink
Chicago Community Bond Fund


Legal Counsel

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois
National Lawyers Guild Chicago


Spiritual and Religious Homes

Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
Masjid al-Rabia
Lighthouse Church of Chicago


Bloggers, Speakers, Artists and Historians

Monica Roberts
Raquel Willis
Reina Gossett
Ms. Afrika Queen Lockett
Janet Mock
Kaycee Ortiz
Dirty Art Boi
Jayy Dodd


Further Readings and Educational Tools

Unerased: Counting Transgender Lives by

The Most Dangerous Thing Out Here is the Police: Trans Voices on Police Abuse and Profiling in Atlanta by the Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co)

Transgender Youth and the Prison Industrial Complex: Disrupt the Flow by FIERCE NYC

Denied Help: How Youth in the Sex Trade & Street Economy Are Turned Away from Systems Meant to Help Us by Young Women’s Empowerment Project

Coming Out of Concrete Closets: A Report on Black & Pink’s National LGBTQ Prisoner Survey by Black & Pink National

Get Yr Rights: A Toolkit for LGBTQTS Youth by BreakOUT! and Streetwise & Safe

In Our Names: Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women (Trans and Non-Trans), Gender-Nonconforming Folks, and Fem(me)s by In Our Names Network

Black Trans History

The Black Drag Queens that Fought Before Stonewall by Channing G. Joseph

10 Trans Women Pioneers They Definitely Didn’t Tell You About in History Class by Autostraddle

Peter Sewally/Mary Jones, the “Man Monster” of New York by Beyond Victoriana

Episode #4: Transgender History by Susan Striker by the Lit Review

A Brief Timeline of Disrupting Pride by GetEQUAL

Searching for Jackie Shane, R&B’s Lost Transgender Superstar by Elio Iannacci

Black Trans Organizing

What We Owe the Hidden, Groundbreaking Activism of Sex Workers by Leonie Roderick

6 Tips for Being Trans Inclusive in Your Conversations About Reproductive Justice by KC Clements

Black and Trans in North Carolina: The Fight for Justice Continues by Sarah Jaffe

In Our Own Words

Expanding Black Trans Safety: An Open Letter to Our Beloved Community by TGI Justice Project

I’m Non-Binary, & Here’s How I Talk to My Kids About It by Margaret Jacobson

Trans Women Are Women. This Isn’t A Debate by Raquel Willis

Still Think Trans Women Have Male Privilege? These 7 Points Prove They Don’t by Kai Cheng Tom

4 Reasons Why It’s Oppressive to Discuss Gender and Sexuality Without Naming Race by Hari Ziyad