Nonprofit Fresno provides support, education and grants to the trans community

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Since its launch in 2005, Trans-E-Motion of Fresno has helped dozens of people seeking gender affirmation services, which can include everything from counseling to hormone therapy.

The non-profit organization focuses on providing resources, education, and advocacy for the transgender community.

Board member Misty Parker says it was life changing: “It was a huge weight on my shoulders. I understood what I was feeling and what I was going through. Because before that, I I was confused.”

One of the many ways Trans E-Motion works to help people be authentic themselves is by providing free breast binders.

Compression garments help transgender men during their transition.

It’s something that Zayn Anthony, president of Trans E Motion, would like to have before undergoing surgery.

“I can finally feel free to speak. I can finally feel confident, I can express what I feel inside that I have never been able to express before because I didn’t have the resources,” says Anthony.

Katherine Fobear, a Fresno State professor and Trans-E-Motion board member, has been with the nonprofit for five years.

Recently, she helped release Fresno County’s first transgender health and housing reports.

The results prompted the nonprofit to create $500 grants for rent relief and medical care.

“It’s very well known around struggles, especially marginalized LGBT communities, around discrimination and getting housing, around affordability, around safety issues, etc.,” says Fobear. .

This fall, the nonprofit will host a fundraiser to help increase the amount of grants.

The organization hopes to continue to provide support and a safe space for members of the transgender community.

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