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TGI Network Commits 100% of Donations to 2019 RI Trans Health Conference! #RIGivesDay

posted Jun 5, 2018, 6:14 AM by TGI Network of RI

On the inaugural RI Gives Day, June 5, 2018, TGI Network will donate 100% of contributions to the 2019 RI Trans Health Conference! 

Organizations throughout the state have come together for a day-of-giving to promote the good work being done by and for the people of Rhode Island.

TGI Network chose to use this opportunity to support the RI Trans Health Conference because the conference mission to expand the network of trans-knowledgeable and -affirming providers is work that dramatically impacts the lives of trans Rhode Islanders. 

Donations can be made here

Family and Friends: The Way Forward

posted May 15, 2018, 6:47 AM by TGI Network of RI   [ updated May 15, 2018, 6:47 AM ]

On May 29th from 7 to 9 pm, TGI Network is hosting our Family and Friends Group, which include basic information, Q & A, networking and more for family members and friends of transgender people. Moving forward, the group will meet at the same time and place on any month with a fifth Tuesday.  Meetings will be held at One Empire Plaza, room 545, which is near bus lines and a variety of parking options. We plan to have at least two facilitators at each meeting to provide broader perspective.

Thereafter, the group will meet every month with a Fifth Tuesday plus a session at the Annual Trans Health Conference. The next Fifth Tuesday is July 31st.

Sign-in is required at the building’s entrance, but you can sign in under any name you choose. This is not to identify individuals in the building, but is to keep record of usage. Feel free to use an alias if it makes you feel safer. Also, since the building is public and can be busy, your presence will disclose nothing about where you are going or why you are there.

The group is for parents, siblings and families of trans people as well as immediate friends (not observers).

If you would like to receive email updates about the Family Group or if you need additional information, please email 

RI Pride Announces TGI Network as Honorary Marshal!

posted May 8, 2018, 11:56 PM by TGI Network of RI   [ updated May 9, 2018, 12:00 AM ]

RI Pride has announced that TGI Network, along with SAGE RI and Youth Pride Inc, will be an honorary marshal at this year's RI Pride Festival! We are honored to be given this distinction. As the only trans-lead organization in the state, focused on supporting and empowering our local transgender, gender-variant, and intersex communities, it is an honor to help lead the celebration this year. There is no doubt that we have come quite a ways in our community, when a group of trans people and their allies are not only out of the shadows and into the light, but are given a position of honor. 

At the same time, we are reminded that Pride is a celebration of struggle and triumph. It is a time to rekindle our spirit of community action and band together for greater change. It is easy to be complacent in the warmth of our victories, but there is a great deal of work still to be done. We at TGI Network will consider this honor a call to further action. 

We hope that you'll join us on June 16th as we celebrate and come together with community. We hope that you'll march with us in support of all of the trans people who are not able to be out. And we hope that you'll continue to work with us to continue to make this world safer for all. 

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TGI Network Seeks Community Input

posted Apr 17, 2018, 9:08 PM by TGI Network of RI

TGI Network of Rhode Island has introduced a feedback form for community members to provide input on our work. Soliciting feedback from the community is the first step in the process of creating our 2018 strategic plan and better meeting the needs of our community as you see them. 

This process reflects a new stage in TGI Network's growth as an organization, as we develop a strategic approach to our expanding work. But we need feedback on the programming we have offered thus far and input into the needs of the local community, to determine the best focus for the near future. That's where your help comes in. 

Please complete this google form to share your ideas. Provide your contact information to be entered into a raffle to win a $25 VISA Gift Card (optional). 

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See I Am Isak at the RI Trans Health Conference on April 28th!

posted Apr 17, 2018, 6:15 AM by TGI Network of RI   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 6:41 AM ]

The Planning Committee of the RI Trans Health Conference Community Track is pleased to announce a presentation of the short film I am Isak, the first installment of I am the T: a trans documentary. Filmed in 2014, I am Isak is a captivating documentary short about Isak, a young trans man living in Norway. Isak’s story reveals the transformative power of becoming your truest self through the lens of gender identity. From past to present, the film explores the physical, emotional, and social implications of transitioning.

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The 4th Annual RI Trans Health Conference Community Track has SOLD OUT! But the Wait List is OPEN!

posted Apr 2, 2018, 11:33 AM by TGI Network of RI

This year's community track is 50% bigger than last year's with a whole new set of workshops! We are excited to welcome you to connect with one another and share resources. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you can still sign up for the wait list. Last year, we were able to invite most of the people who were on the waiting list, so hope is not lost! 

We are also excited to announce that the generous support of our community members and sponsors will allow us to compensate our community track presenters for the first time! We are glad that we can offer trans community members payment for their time and expertise. And we know that you are going to enjoy the line-up! 

In the next few weeks, we'll be announcing some of the sessions you can look forward to on April 28th! 

UPRISE RI: Activist Samson Hampton awarded at first Empowerment Breakfast for Transgender Day of Visibility

posted Apr 2, 2018, 11:18 AM by TGI Network of RI

Samson Hampton was awarded the 2018 Empowerment Award from the TGI Network, for his direct action efforts to save healthcare, at the first annual Empowerment Breakfast for Transgender Day of Visibility on Saturday.

“I am a medically complex person that about a year ago was facing losing my insurance that would pay for my life saving medication,” said Hampton, accepting the award. “So I decided to go to Washington DC and participate in direct actions to fight to save health insurance for over ten million Americans. And I got arrested for the first time in my life… That would not be the last time I got arrested. Over the next year I continued to go down [to DC] and participate in direct actions.

“Not only did I protest, yell, get dragged away, (actually rolled away. When I travel I use a wheel chair) but I also sat down and lobbied with politicians and explained to them that if you vote for this bill, you will literally be killing me and other Americans like myself. And some of those politicians still voted for those bills…

“But- we manged to save the ACA [Affordable Care Act] and I continued to go down to DC and fight for protecting the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] which has come under scrutiny,” continued Hampton. “I have recently gotten word that both Senator Whitehouse and Senator Reed have signed onto Senator Duckworth’s bill telling Senator McConnell that they will not support any legislation that will hurt the ADA. Which I think is progress.”

Hampton was also presented with a certificate of special recognition from United States Representative David Cicilline (Democrat, Rhode Island).

Also receiving an award was Rhode Island State Representative Edith Ajello (Democrat, District 1, Providence), who received the 2018 Ally Empowerment award for the amazing work she has done in her career. Ajello was, “the driving force behind the groundbreaking legislation in 2001 that added gender identity to our state’s civil rights law.” Ajello was unable to attend, but TGI Board Member Gwendoline Howard said a few words on Ajello’s behalf.

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The 1st Annual Empowerment Breakfast has SOLD OUT!

posted Mar 27, 2018, 7:18 PM by TGI Network of RI

We are so grateful to everyone who is supporting our 1st Annual Empowerment Breakfast! Thank you for making it a resounding success! We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility by honoring the work being done to empower our community. We are thrilled to honor Samson Hampton and State Representative Edith Ajello, whose incredible work has included standing up and speaking out on behalf of this community, offering continual support to community members in need and ensuring transgender Rhode Islanders' civil rights. It is our great pleasure to share this celebration with you! 

FREE/Donated Seats Available to the Empowerment Breakfast!

posted Mar 22, 2018, 5:37 AM by TGI Network of RI

If you were interested in the Empowerment Breakfast on March 31st but couldn't afford to attend, you are in luck. In addition to the reduced-priced tickets we introduced last week, we have now added two free tickets, courtesy of GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). 

We are incredibly grateful for our sponsors whose support is helping us to provide this event and will facilitate the work we do this year. Stay tuned as we announce new programming in the coming weeks! 

You can find tickets to the breakfast here: Empowerment Breakfast for Transgender Day of Visibility

Spotlight Sponsor: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI

posted Mar 5, 2018, 7:06 PM by TGI Network of RI

We are thrilled to thank Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI for their commitment to TGI Network and to our local transgender community. As a sponsor of our Empowerment Breakfast for Transgender Day of Visibility, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI is empowering TGI Network to better serve you. We are so grateful for their contribution. 

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