According to data shared by the Movement Advancement Project, New Jersey is one of the top ranking states for transgender and non-binary equality due to the impressive statewide protections designed to reduce discrimination in employment, housing, public accomodations, public schools, healthcare and more.
That said, while New Jersey leads the way in creating more welcoming and inclusive communities through legislative efforts, this does not match transgender and non-binary people’s experiences living and working in NJ. In a survey of transgender and non-binary New Jersey residents, 8 out of 10 students reported being mistreated in their K-12 schools, 1 out of 3 of people had negative experiences accessing healthcare in NJ, and 1 out of 4 of transgender and non-binary employees in NJ reported experiencing workplace discrimination (NCTE, 2015). In order for NJ to be a place where all transgender and non-binary people can thrive, it is essential that cisgender people have the opportunity to learn how to be affirming.
To that end, this training series has been created to increase the availability of educational opportunities for people who live or work in New Jersey, and want to learn how to affirm the transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people in their lives, schools, jobs, and communities. This project also helps build capacity for facilitators across the state to facilitate a trans-authored 101 training in their own organizations and communities.
TransAffirmingNJ is a joint effort between NJ Department of Children & Families, Division on Women & The Transgender Training Institute to help build safer communities for transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people across the State of New Jersey.
This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via Rape Prevention Education grant funds, administered by the NJ Department of Children & Families, Division on Women.
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