Families for Trans Equality

 

About Families for Transgender Equality

Families for Transgender Equality (FTE) is a network of families with trans youth, and groups that support these families, who all want to change policies and society to improve trans people’s lives. Families for Transgender Equality provides:

  • Guidance on how to tell one’s story to change hearts and minds to various in-person or other audiences (such as a school board meeting or in a meeting with a school principal),
  • Training and updates on federal, state, and local policies, so you can push for changes that support transgender people,
  • Family-to-Family connections and the ability to share resources, news, and more, and
  • Optional opportunities to share stories in the media that show the importance of acceptance and trans-inclusive policies.

There’s no cost to join, and families never have to share their stories or be public if that’s not the right decision for them. Overall, this group will help ensure that all families with trans youth are being treated well, and that trans youth are able to live their lives with dignity and respect.




One of our voices

"When you're young, it's hard to fight back against things. But when you're transgender, you have to find your strength to stand up, and be brave, and to teach other people how to love the REAL you."  

-Mazy Gilleylen, 11

 


Get in touch and share your story

For more information, email NCTE’s Family Organizers:

Please include the following information in your email:

  • Your name
  • Your city, state, and ZIP code
  • Your connection to transgender rights, for example: you are transgender, you are the parent of a trans child, you teach in a classroom and want to better support trans students, etc

Are you a transgender adult or ally to the transgender community? Looking to share your story, but aren't part of a family with a trans young person? Visit our Voices for Trans Equality page to learn more about how you can use your voice to advocate for transgender equality.


One of our voices


"Our family has grown thru adoption, Samantha is one of the most amazing teenagers that we have ever had the pleasure of getting to know, and now is a part of our family, forever. Our family realizes that not all kids in care have the opportunities that Samantha has been given so getting our story out there and helping families in similar situations is something that we feel very strongly about. It has not been the easiest road but it has been well worth it in the long run."

-Nicole Hyatt


Resources

Looking to change legal documents? Our ID Documents Center has state-specific information and guides.

Looking for information about your rights as a transgender person? Our Know Your Rights page has information on topics including healthcareairport security, and more.

Looking for additional support, legal advice, or other resources? Our Additional Help page has links to other organizations and resource lists.

Looking for a schedule of upcoming webinars, or recordings of past webinars? Our Calendar page has links to register for any upcoming webinars, as well as recordings of webinars conducted in the past.

NCTE Family Organizers

Debi Jackson, Kansas City, MO, became an advocate for transgender rights and acceptance because of her daughter. She now speaks openly about her family to provide others with a personal connection to learn about transgender youth, using her story to prove that conservative Southern families can be supportive of LGBT issues.


DeShanna Neal, Wilmington, DE, is a mother of four, trans rights advocate, author and homeschooler. Her oldest child, Trinity, is a transgender teen who transitioned a decade ago. DeShanna considers herself an accidental advocate who speaks out for the LGBTQ community, with a focus on uplifting the voices of LGBTQ people of color.

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