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Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People

October 26, 2009

The Nine Keys to Making Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations Fully Transgender-Inclusive

Thank you for picking up this guide and for your desire to discover new ways to help your lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization become a more inclusive place for transgender people. It is exciting to see the ways in which our movement continues to grow and challenge ourselves to be more inclusive and more effective as we serve our communities.

In this guide, you will find practical ideas for how LGBT organizations can take concrete steps to provide a more welcoming environment for transgender people. We’ll address directly the challenges and opportunities that present themselves in this process.

This resource is specifically written for LGBT groups and organizations that want to be more inclusive of transgender people. This will mean various things to different kinds of groups—from welcoming more transgender people on your soccer team to passing transgender-inclusive legislation to running transgender-specific programs at your community center. We encourage you to take the ideas in this guide and think of ways in which you can apply them to your unique organization and mission.

LGBT organizations are made up of a wide range of people, including family, friends, and allies. Our volunteers, staffs and constituencies identify as lesbian, bisexual, straight, gay, transgender, non-transgender, queer and more. When we refer to LGBT organizations in this guide, it is our intention to speak to this diverse group of people with the goal of helping our community become increasingly inclusive.

Other organizations that are not LGBT-specific in their focus may also find this guide helpful. Please feel free to translate the information from the LGBT experience to your own in ways that are useful to you.

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