NYC Youth For Trans rights
Who We Are
We are a small non profit youth organization run by trans people under 25 that was formed in February of 2023 after the death of Brianna Ghey, a 16 year old transgender girl from the UK. Since then, there have been many anti-trans bills and legislation that are being put out to oppress our trans siblings and we want to put a stop to it. We are trying to bring awareness to all of the struggles trans people go through and are aiming for us to have the same rights as everyone else.
My reason for being an organizer for this march is that I, myself, am trans. I grew up going to protests as well as going to pride, and I learned that if we want something, most of the time the government won’t listen without protests and uproar. After the death of Brianna Ghey, I was left wondering why there wasn’t any uproar about this, why there wasn’t outrage amongst our community. I knew I had to do something, and I knew we had to do it soon. After the hundreds of anti-trans bills began being put out, this just strengthened the idea that I knew I had to do something to put a stop to all of this.
Before coming out, and more frequently after I came out, I noticed an up-charge of anti queer and trans laws being passed, resulting in the murders and suicides of trans people. People just like me, who had the same experiences I have. When we first started NYC Youth for Trans Rights, I simply wanted to be loud and make sure people know that we're here, we're queer, and we're not going anywhere. But as time went on, I realized it's about more than that. This is about the people I'm marching with as well. It's about letting them all know that they're not alone, that they're loved, and that we won't be erased.
Hi there! My name is Kat, I am 15 and my pronouns are He/They. I grew up with a very Christian father and a mom that didn’t really have a religion. I used to go to a catholic school and never knew about the LGBT community until my brother came out. From then on, I wanted to learn more and as I grew, I found out who I wanted to be and who I really was. Now, with all these new laws and murders, I’m here to help make a stand for all of the voices like 12 year old me who can’t do or say anything about the serious problems happening to our community. I am here to look down upon the adults and politicians trying to strip our rights and our futures away.
I am a volunteer because I am trans, and I feel passionate about defending my rights and the rights of my fellow trans youth. The bills being passed all over the country are dangerous and scary, and I will fight until we win. I hope everyone reading this will join me.
Hi! My name is Elle and I’m a 19 year old trans woman! I spent the first two years of being a trans woman scared of my identity, but due to recent events in our politics that are focused on my rights and the rights of all queer people, I knew I needed to take action. I went to my first protest that was held by NYC Youth 4 Trans Rights, and I knew from the moment I had started to march and chant along with the other queer folks around me that I had found my meaning and place. I am working with NYC Youth 4 Trans Rights to bring light to the fact that we are here, and that we are supposed to be here. Our community will not fail if we stand together.
March for Queer & Trans Youth Autonomy
March 31st 2023 at 5pm
Union Square, Manhattan, New York
Contact us at nycyout[email protected] for any questions, comments or concerns.
March is in collaboration with Queer Youth Assemble.