October 17, 2019 3:05 pm
One townhall hearing is all it took to open dialogue and further a vital initiative and partnership between philanthropy, government, and community in regards to trans and non-binary youths, said Joanne Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Girls for Gender Equity. In this scene from PUSHOUT, the documentary, Smith describes how the different experiences of cis-gender, and transgender girls of color inform The Young Women’s Initiative in New York City. The initiative was started to provide resources for cis-and-trans gender girls, and non-binary youth ages 12-24. They discovered through research that they were alienating trans youth who did not see their experiences being reflected, nor did they feel like they could speak up. The Young Women’s Initiative created a space where all experiences could be reflected and respected.