LGBTQ+ Support Grant: Trans Wellness Center Event

Our first grant recipient will support trans folks in Los Angeles.

When Be Interactive announced a LGBTQ+ Grant Application, David G. knew his time had come. A volunteer for Bass Network and The Trevor Project, he was well acquainted with the love of the Bassnectar community, and the pain of gender dysphoria. With help from his boyfriend, a leading volunteer at the Los Angeles LGBT Center (the biggest LGBT center in the US!), friends, and community members, David will distribute $5000 worth of celebration, care packages, and love to trans folks in Los Angeles.

In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25 (J. Herman, J. L., Rankin, S., Keisling, M., Mottet, L., Anafi, M., 2016). In California, one in five transgender adults in California has attempted suicide — a rate six times that of the state’s adult cisgender population (UCLAhealth.org, 2017).

Transgender folks are among the most marginalized in the LGBTQ+ community, and we are proud to stand up for their right to happiness with David.

My idea is to host a one-day community event alongside the Los Angeles-based Trans Wellness Center (TWC) and distribute transgender care packages tailored to combating body/gender dysmorphia within the trans community. These care packages will include gender affirming undergarments (binders, padded bras, boxer briefs, etc.), makeup/nail polish, masculine/feminine bathroom products, and more. This event will include music, catered food (finger foods / sweet treats), and an overall welcoming, relaxing space for people to feel welcomed and cared for

I believe it is imperative this initiative move forward to help serve and assist the lives of LA’s transgender community. Transitioning can be expensive and overwhelming, especially for those who may lack support by their own community. Body dysmorphia can take a critical toll on one’s mental health and by providing trans community-specific care packages, folks in need can safely begin the process of living their lives in their true bodies with peace of mind.

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