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Subject:Please Forward: TransOhio Launches Statewide Needs Assessment for the Ohio Transgender Community
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Dear Allies:

Please forward to interested individuals:

TransOhio Launches Statewide Needs Assessment for the Ohio Transgender Community


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2010

Contact: TransOhio(614) 441-8167

TransOhio@transohio.org

www.transohio.org


TransOhio Launches Statewide Needs Assessment for the Ohio Transgender Community


Columbus, Ohio – September 24, 2010 – TransOhio has launched a first of its kind needs assessment for the Ohio Transgender community. The needs assessment will serve as a snapshot of the Ohio Transgender community, including those individuals who were born in Ohio, but now reside elsewhere.


“It’s difficult to provide accurate information to agencies about the Transgender community in Ohio. There’s never been a study that has specifically focused on the needs – the climate of Ohio, medical, legal and community needs of Transgender people in the state. Additionally, we have a large group of stealth Transgender individuals who don’t publically identify themselves as being such, or for that matter, seek out services specific to their identity,” says Shane Morgan, Founder and Chair of TransOhio. “There are also no statewide protections for employment, public accommodations, housing and credit for Ohioans who are Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian or Gay. That means a Transgender individual can be denied employment, fired or denied housing just because of their gender identity or their sexual orientation. The risks often outweigh the pros for many, and for some people, remaining in the shadows is the only way to survive.”


“In order for TransOhio to serve the needs of the transgender community, as well as those who love and support them, we need to ask what is most important to them. There has never been an assessment of this kind for the transgender community in Ohio and it will help us to reach out and work harder to serve them in all areas of their lives from health care and employment to relationships and support. This assessment couldn’t come at a better time than now when the LGB and T along with allied communities are coming together to support one another and I am proud to be in the mix,” says Jacob Nash, member of the TransOhio Board of Directors.


TransOhio colleague and ally, Erin Upchurch, who collaborated with TransOhio on the assessment, says “this needs assessment will serve as a powerful tool to give voice to and increase visibility for a seemingly invisible community; it’s about representation. TransOhio has made a commitment to the Partner and Ally community as well, and their inclusion of assessments for those individuals also shows TransOhio’s dedication to those who love and support Trans identified people.”


There are three assessments available: 1) Transgender Identified Individual, 2) Partner of Transgender Individual and 3) Ally of Transgender Individual.


The TransOhio Statewide Transgender Needs Assessments will be available online and in print through December 31, 2010, with the option of extending the data collection timeline as necessary. TransOhio is currently working with local individuals to translate the assessments into Spanish.


The assessments are available online at TransOhio Needs Assessments. PDF versions for print are also available for download.

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