Trans Awareness Week (November 13 – 19) is a time for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and their allies to take action by advocacting around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that transgender individuals face. Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs November 20, when trans advocates raise awareness of the transgender community through education and advocacy activities.
Since 2008, the Transgender Emergency Fund (TEF) of Massachusetts has been providing critical assistance to low-income transgender people in MA. Once a beneficiary, Chastity Bowick now serves as the Director of the TEF.
Chastity joins Katherine and Katie to share her story and teaches us how to be better allies to the LGBTQ+ community.
Kim Pentico has been working with and on behalf of survivors of sexual and domestic violence since 1990. She first spent over seven years working for a local domestic violence program in Kansas and another seven years at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She has also worked for the S.T.O.P. Technical Assistance Project in Washington, D.C. Kim is currently the Director of the Economic Justice Program for the Nation Network to End Domestic Violence, working to further assist survivors in moving from short-term safety to long-term security.
In this episode, we talk about domestic violence, and specifically financial abuse, which is a difficult topic, however, it affects millions of men and women of every race, religion, culture, and status. Parts of this conversation may be triggering for people, so please be aware of this before listening to this episode. We hope that having more conversations like this can inspire change and help anyone impacted by domestic violence.
If you have questions about what is available in your community, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, at 800-799-7233. You have a state domestic violence coalition and you can Google your state plus “domestic violence coalition” to find out what is available to you.
W. Brad Johnson and David Smith are co-authors of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women and Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace. Too many gender inclusion initiatives focus exclusively on changing women, leaving men out of the equation. The 411k invited Brad and David to share their research on men as allies and mentors for women and discuss how men can join the movement for inclusion and equity in the workplace.