Transcend Charlotte, a local nonprofit providing support services to transgender and gender non-conforming adults, has launched a capital campaign with the goal of raising $10,000. The campaign will focus on growing the organization to include paid staff, which is currently being completely volunteer run. Currently, there is no other organization in Charlotte that focuses on adult support for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
Transcend Charlotte was formally established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2015 after identifying a need that was not currently being met in Charlotte. The mission of this organization is to promote authenticity, connection, and social justice by empowering transgender and gender non-conforming individuals impacted by oppression and/or trauma. The goal is to support individuals who may be struggling with basic needs because of identity concerns or traumatic experiences.
Services offered include support groups, therapy, workshops, referral services, and TransCloset. TransCloset exists to support adults as they transition by providing them with a safe space to try on and take clothes that fit with their identified gender. All clothing provided to TransCloset is donated, and the space is staffed entirely by volunteers. Examples of costs associated with running these services include chest binders ($50), sessions with a Gender Therapist ($100 and is required by a doctor before starting hormones), transportation for individuals to get to support meetings ($250 for eight, month long bus passes), and rent for the space being utilized by TransCloset ($1,000 for two months).
Anyone interested in donating should go to https://www.gofundme.com/transcendcharlotte. For any larger donations wishing to be made in person or via check, as well as any questions and media inquiries, please contact Executive Director, Trey Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org.