Gender Benders Research

There is not enough research that exists about trans folks and the barriers we face in the South. Gender Benders is proud to engage in community-based research that specifically speaks to the needs and best ways to better serve our community. We do this independently and have also partnered with folks like our friends at Campaign for Southern Equality to support some of their community-based research efforts.

Check out CSE’s research reports here, and check back here for the latest on Gender Benders research projects. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about trans and queer research in the South.

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Educational Programs

We’re happy to provide several Educational Programs at Gender Benders in collaboration with our friends at Campaign for Southern Equality. These are two of our most popular programs. We’re also happy to chat about your specific needs.

Trans 101

What Everyone Needs to Know about Working with Transgender People

90 minutes, No prerequisites

What to expect:

Trans 201

Advanced Training in Working with Transgender People

90 minutes
Prerequisite: Trans 101

What to expect

Political Advocacy

We’re proud to be members of the steering committee in the SC United for Justice and Equality Coalition in addition to engaging in advocacy work to help create safer communities for our people.

Connection to resources

The South, especially the rural South, is in many ways a resource desert for trans people. Gender Benders is committed to helping connect our people with the resources we need to lead full and healthy lives. Some ways we do this include assisting with name changes, providing referrals for HIV testing, providing resources to help connect with medical and legal service providers, providing direct service pop up clinics, providing harm reduction supplies for our houseless friends, and more. Please reach out if we can be of assistance.