Transformations is trans women of color led organization focused on capacity building and leadership development among trans communities of color in the Midwest region.
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Transformations did a lot for me, it taught me so many ways of being a trans person in my community.
Transformations KC Advances Stories of Trans People of Color
A recent wave of incidents targeting the LGBTQIA+ community has local organizations working harder than ever to lift up that community's experiences.
Merrique Jenson, the founder of Transformations Kansas City, is working to shine a spotlight on transgender communities of color, and introduced KSHB 41 to Jordan Burns and Alex Salazar.
Still Standing: Trans Women in KC share their story of survival, empowerment
By: Sarah Plake | 41 KSHB | June 30, 2022
As KSHB 41 News wraps up the month of June, we want to leave you with real stories of women who are often pushed to the side during Pride month and throughout the year - transgender women of color.
It's a lot of things we had to endure, like being bashed or being bullied and stuff and I'm just grateful to even be here just sitting here sharing my story, because a lot of my sisters in the past have not made it this far.
Often, society will tell you you're just going to be a sex worker, you're just going to be a drag queen or you're just going to be a low-paid individual, and that can't be our only narrative.
Transformations KC works to add trans women of color in more leadership roles
This Pride month, we want to share stories of some of the most marginalized people within the LGBTQ+ community.
That means sharing the stories of transgender women of color, who have historically been misrepresented in - and even harmed by - media coverage.
KC has few trans women of color in leadership. This nonprofit is changing that.
For years, Merrique Jenson felt that local organizations were taking trans leaders for granted. So she founded Transformations to help other trans women of color hold their ground in leadership positions.
I knew that I wanted to create some sort of space to activate and heal, and also remind trans women of color and trans young people that they’re resilient.
The Dolls Are ThrivingAugust 10-11, 2022
Featured Keynote Conversation
Between Muvahs & Daughtas
Dr. Tatyana Moaton
Trans Advocate &
Queen Mother of the House of Chanel
Liberation CampGrowing Our Power
You've never seen camp like this before!
Growing Our Power
Growing our Power invites current and promising trans BIPOC leaders in the Midwest. Join a group of 24 trans women and femmes of color in a comfortable, relaxed indoor retreat nestled in the Ozarks. Nonbinary trans folks of color and trans men of color are also invited to participate.
You’ll experience intergenerational conversations, mentorship building models, fun activities, engaging breakout sessions, and have opportunities to earn liberation merit badges.
Growing our Power is a catalyst for powerful networking and skill building in the trans BIPOC community. These experiences will serve as a foundation for future public-facing educational campaigns.