Whether finding safe housing, choosing a new name or looking into healthcare options, transgender men and women face a variety of obstacles. South Florida Gay News spoke with local organizers who manage programs and connect trans people with the resources to gain access to jobs and safe housing, and to navigate name and gender marker changes on legal documents.
Related: SFGN's Transgender Special Issue
Arianna’s Center doesn’t have a brick and mortar location just yet, but it’s got Arianna Lint, founder and CEO. Lint established her center a year and a half ago through grants from Translatina Coalition. Arianna, a transwoman from Peru, where she received her law degree, focuses on helping undocumented immigrants, the Latinx trans community, people with HIV and AIDS, and those formerly incarcerated.
Lint advocates for minority immigration rights, saying minorities are frequently deported over minimal charges like loitering, or held in ICE camps. She works with them to obtain their citizenry and stresses the need for more immigrant friendly lawyers.
Arianna’s Center promotes trans sensitivity and competency through workshops at prisons, universities, and government bureaus, including specifically addressing the relationships between the trans community and HIV, sex work, and immigration.
Or call 786-600-1915
Santino Aguirre became Director of Sunserve’s Transgender Services Department five months ago. Aguirre works closely with each client, like a case manager he says, to connect them with the resources and services they need, including Florida certified mental health therapists, peer to peer counseling, health care advocacy, links to safe housing, name and gender marker changes, and legal and financial support.
Sunserve also facilitates a variety of support groups, some run by licensed therapists, for gender non conforming and trans people including LGBTQ Veterans Drop-In, Safe “T” Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming, Trans Men Support, and LGBT Grandparents groups meeting at least once a month. Safe “T” meets every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Significant Others, Family, Friends, Allies (SOFFA) of Transgender Loved Ones meets twice a month to share experiences, support, and advice to and from anyone with a transgender person in their life.
Or call 954-764-5150 ext. 112
During his own transition last year Morgan Mayfaire realized that resources aren’t readily available to transitioning men and women, so he and his wife Ashley created created a trans community calendar and resource website that would later become TransSocial.
TransSocial offers their own services like name and gender marker changes but also organizes events from social groups, to informative panels with groups like Pridelines, SAVE LGBTQ, and Arianna’s Center. They also promote third party, trans-benefitting business on their website like the recurring Queer + Trans Community Yoga Class in an effort to promote safe spaces for trans people. The couple makes it a point to know what’s going on in the trans community and knowing about other organizations out there so they can refer people to places like Care Resource, an LGBTQ friendly Federally Qualified Health Center.
For the future TransSocial is working with Latinos Salud and Latinos En Accion on a “by trans for trans” HIV testing event by certified testers who are trans for transgender clients planned for National Transgender HIV Testing Day, Thursday, April 18. They’re also creating a support group for allies and loved ones of trans and gender nonconforming people. The Mayfaires say there are a lot of these groups in Broward County but not enough in Miami. Later on the agenda this year, they plan to help create gainful employment for trans men and women by working with colleges and tech companies to create transgender inclusive workplaces.
Or call 954-667-2916
For more South Florida Trans friendly services, visit TransSocial.org
Pridelines in Miami hosts Beyond the Binary, a peer led group for transgender and non-binary youth age 13 to 24 on every second and fourth Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pridelines also offers the LGBTQ Rainbow Circle, a safe space for adolescents to speak about their lives and Young Adults Taking Action, focused on HIV and STI prevention and sexual health.
Care Resource is a Federally Qualified Health Center and has trans sensitive health care programs tailored to trans specific needs like hormone therapy, case management, a name change clinic, and primary care. Care Resource has services available in Miami, Little Havana, Miami Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.
Trans Action Florida
Trans Action Florida was formed in 2014 by Equality Florida, as a statewide initiative to educate employers on transgender inclusion and advocate for the transgender equality in matters of public policy.
National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) was founded in 2003 by transgender activists to advance transgender equality and advocacy and representation in Washington, D.C. NCTE works at the local, state, and federal level to change laws and policies to be more transgender inclusive.