Every day, transgender and gender non-conforming people bear the brunt of social and economic marginalization due to discrimination based on their gender identity or expression. Advocates confront this reality regularly working with transgender people who have lost housing, been fired from jobs, experienced mistreatment and violence, or been unable to access the health care they need. Too often, policymakers, service providers, the media and society at large have dismissed or discounted the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and a lack of hard data on the scope of anti-transgender discrimination has hampered the work to make substantive policy changes to address these needs.
One of Freedom Oklahoma’s most active programs is Freedom Oklahoma Trans*. This program includes a peer support group, as well as an advocacy and media training program that ensures the Oklahoma Trans* Community are ready, able, and willing to be at the forefront of LGBTQ advocacy. For more information call: (405) 446-8836.