Support Trans people in the workforce this Giving Tuesday

November 22, 2022

Giving Tuesday is a movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world and here at TransTech, we unleash the power of radical change and growth within our community.

GivingTuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity. A shared goal for everyone in the world that believes change can and will happen through our shared experiences of understanding that we are better together.

This GivingTuesday we are sharing a call to action that echoes this meaning more than ever, we are offering you all a moment to share with us as we cultivate change and awareness around black and brown trans people thriving, learning new skills, and owning their power.

TransTech is an incubator for LGBTQ Talent with a focus on economically empowering the T, transgender people, in our community. At TransTech, we learn and work together to develop skills and value within marginalized LGBTQ communities.

To support us in our efforts for global change donate below:

Each of your donations will go directly to aid in our programming for our community members, our upcoming summit, and our trans-led staff.

Did you know?

Individual donors contribute over 33% of our budget. Even small donations of $20 or less make a big impact on our programs.

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

Celebrate Life with TransTech

November 16, 2022

Each year in November, the transgender community comes together to remember and honor the legacies of our ancestors who have survived and thrived before us. It is also a time of action and reflection, as we remember those we’ve lost to globalized systemic violence against trans people.

This year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance falls on Sunday, November 20th, and we want to honor this day by celebrating trans life and trans joy. Here at Trans Tech, we move with love and solidarity each and every day to support and affirm our people. We hope you’ll join us.

TransTech Day at Chicago Wrap Up

We had an incredible time at Trans Tech Day at Chicago, on Broadway. We are so thrilled to share some highlights and experiences from this event, and thank you so much to all of our members, sponsors, and community members who helped make this day so special.

The Trans Tech Community Advisory Board and Staff were joined by over 100 community participants at the event, 70 of which were fully funded by TransTech.  Our pre-show networking event at Hurley’s Saloon with our partners in economic empowerment brought together innovative and enthusiastic tech professionals sharing in the mission of trans empowerment. Thank you so much to JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs for joining us. Following the networking event, we headed over to the Ambassador Theater to witness Black trans history, as Angelica Ross starred in Chicago as Roxie Hart.

The post-show talkback with Miss Ross garnered the largest attendance Broadway has ever seen for an event of this kind, and we can’t overstate how meaningful it is for the trans community to take up space in these environments. Our attendees had the opportunity to engage, be in community, and have their voices heard by one of the most impactful people in the Trans advocacy landscape.

We are so happy to have hosted this event, and we look forward to doing even more in the future to continue to empower QTBIPOC, here and everywhere.


Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, we invite you to support TransTech Social Enterprises. TransTech is an incubator for LGBTQ+ Talent with a focus on economically empowering the T, transgender people, in our community. At TransTech, we learn and work together to develop skills and value within marginalized LGBTQ+ communities. We offer a membership portal with free and accessible professional development tools, skills-sharing, networking opportunities, and online community spaces. Your donation directly supports our ability to empower those in-need in our workforce.

You can also support our efforts by becoming a member! Membership is completely free, and we can’t wait for the opportunity to help build economic empowerment in your life.


New Programs Announced!

Have you visited transtechsocial.org lately? If you haven’t, check it out! Our programs page has launched with all the juicy details you’ll want to know about our upcoming programs and how to get involved. Find all the info you need about the Member Skill share, GROW, the upcoming Summit and more!


Call for artwork and illustrations!

Are you an illustrator or a visual artist? We’re seeking artwork from trans creators for our website and newsletter. Stock photos of happy queer folks laughing at each other is fun and all, but perhaps we can showcase your art as well?! If you are interested, please reach out to us at [email protected].


Reminders from October Newsletter:

Resources & Opportunities Available to Members

As a reminder, we have amazing member-only opportunities that are tailored to your needs. Don’t miss out!:

Free Calm Subscription

Complete the member survey in your portal for your access code to a free Calm Subscription.

TransTech Learning Portal

2022 Summit Replays are now available in your membership portal!

Jobs Channel on Discord

Don’t forget to visit the #jobs channel in our Discord Server. There are always new opportunities being posted!

LinkedIn Learning

All of the codes for LinkedIn Learning have now been issued! We are so happy to provide this resource.

If you signed up and have not yet activated your account, please check your email and follow the instructions. If you do not activate your account, we would like to release your subscription for folks on our waitlist!

Keep a lookout for future communication on when we will open enrollment again.


Join Trans Tech Social 

If you’re passionate about our mission, we’d love your support. You can become a member for free!

Did you know?

Individual donors contribute over 33% of our budget. Even small donations of $20 or less make a big impact on our programs.

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

Fall into TransTech

October 21, 2022

Happy October TransTech Community! We hope you had a beautiful month, filled with Autumnal joy and community. October is LGBTQ+ History Month in the United States, and we feel honored to be a part of that history each and every day. Check out some important resources, opportunities, and upcoming programs that you won’t want to miss!

Resources & Opportunities Available to Members

These member-only opportunities are tailored to your needs, and we are so excited to share them with you; if you are not a member, become one it’s FREE:

First, all of the 2022 Summit Replays are now available in your membership portal! Topics include: Starting A Career in Tech, Project Management 101 for Queer and Trans People, Introduction to Accessibility Design, Choosing Better Open Source, and much more! Log in for the full list, and revisit all the amazing content from our speakers. This is also a great way to prepare for submitting to the next summit.

We have just 10 codes left available for LinkedIn Learning! If you are a member, and still haven’t grabbed your subscription, now is the time. Once they’re all taken, we’ll be applying for future funding to expand access even further! Use this link to apply TransTech x LinkedIn Learning Program

Did you know that October 10th was World Mental Health Day? Mental health is absolutely essential to our success as LGBTQ+ professionals, and that’s why we are excited to provide members with a year subscription to the Calm App for free! Calm is the #1 app for sleep and meditation. Discover a happier, healthier you through meditations, Sleep Stories, music, and more. Just complete the member survey in your portal and your access code will be sent to your email.

Last, but absolutely not least, don’t forget to visit the #jobs channel in our Discord Server. There are always new opportunities being posted. Some recent companies that we’ve shared listings for are JP Morgan Chase, Apple and Red Hat! The invite link can be found (you guessed it), in your membership portal. We hope you’ll join us!

Upcoming Programs & Events

TransTech Day on Broadway 

“You can like the life you’re living, you can live the life you like.” – Roxie Hart, Chicago. 

Trans Tech Social is ecstatic to live the life we like with YOU on Broadway! On October 29, we’ll be hitting New York City for a matinee showing of Chicago, starring our very own Miss Angelica Ross.

The day will start with a Networking Event held at Hurley’s Saloon from 12pm-2pm; followed by the matinee show of CHICAGO The Musical @ Ambassador Theater at 2:30 and then we will end the *official* night with a Post Show Talk back w/ Angelica Ross & E.C. Pizarro III Moderated by Hope Giselle.

But wait…. There is more!! After all of fun of the day; please join us for an After Party @ Hurley’s Saloon located just blocks away from all the action of TransTech Day.

Trans Tech is deeply honored to have fully sponsored 100 free tickets to this show, prioritizing Black trans women based in New York City.

This event is open to everyone, not limited to members, but we do hope you’ll become a member. It’s free! 

TransTech Future Programs (Coming Soon!) 

We know that there’s a ton of talent in our member base, and we want you to be able to share it. That’s why we are looking forward to collaborating with our members on both our Members Skillshare and G.R.O.W. Program. Trans Tech Social’s core mission is to economically empower LGBTQ+ people, especially Black and brown trans women. These two programs speak to that mission by providing access to resources and opportunities to further your career growth.

  1. Members Skillshare: Monthly webinars hosted by Trans Tech CAB and members to develop skills, share resources, workshop speaking engagements, and build community. Submissions opening soon. 
  2. G.R.O.W is a Google.org supported program that will focus on:
    • Career Readiness
    • Salary Negotiation Skills
    • Interview Readiness
    • Mock Interview from Tech Recruiters
    • Resume Building Skills 
    • & So Much More!

We can’t wait to welcome the first group of G.R.O.W.ers in the New Year! 

Keep an eye on our socials and your member portals for announcements on when both programs open. We can’t wait to grow with you!

Join Trans Tech Social 

If you’re passionate about our mission, we’d love your support. You can become a member for free!

Did you know?

Individual donors contribute over 33% of our budget. Even small donations of $20 or less make a big impact on our programs.

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

Monica Roberts Essay Contest Winners 2022

September 30, 2022

Monica Roberts (transgriot.com) used her gift to tell the stories of people in the Trans community with dignity and respect. In honor of Monica and her extraordinary legacy, TransTech Social Enterprises launched the Monica Roberts Essay & Blogger Contest. During the 2022 TransTech Summit we encouraged the community to use their original voice, unique style, fresh point of view, creativity, descriptive language, proper diction, “Realness”, clarity, valuable content and/or research, clarity, and peer impact for their entries.

For the Second Annual Monica Roberts Blogger & Essay Content we provided our community with 5 prompts to base their Blogs and Essays on; and we could not have been more excited to read through them all. They were all truly breathtaking, empowering and raw. The prompts can be found below:

  1. What is your personal impact on hearing trans stories told and how has it changed your outlook on your personal transness
  2. Who Am I In 3 Words Essay
  3. I Am More Than My Transness but My Transness Is Me Essay
  4. How Much Does Your Environment or Community Define Who You Are Essay 
  5. Surviving to Thriving a Trans Triumph

We would like to thank all of those that took the time to share their work, stories and truths with the community advisory board and cannot wait to bring you all another contest in 2023!

After much deliberation we are proud to announce the winners of the Second Annual Monica Roberts Blogger and Essay Contest.

Grand Prize

Thriving as Aloha ‘Āina (love of the land)
By: Myles K. Markham

Runners Up

Live In This Self Before The Uncertain Next Self
By: Praveen (Kalhara)

Bastards to Gods
By: Montañita

Check back soon for updates for the contest at the 2023 TransTech Summit.

Employ. Empower. Educate.

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

Pride Live to Open New Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center

June 22, 2022

As the first LGBTQ+ visitor center within the National Park Service, the site will feature exhibits, events and art installations by LGBTQ+ artists.

With support from Google, the groundbreaking ceremony will be livestreamed on YouTube at 10:30AM ET on June 24.

Pride Live, a social advocacy and community engagement organization for the LGBTQ+ community, today announced plans to open the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center (SNMVC). Set to be the first LGBTQ+ visitor center within the National Park Service (NPS), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the center marks a landmark achievement and leap forward in American history. The SNMVC is scheduled to open in the summer of 2024 and will occupy nearly 3,700 square feet at 51 Christopher Street, between Waverly Place and 7th Avenue South in New York City. With support from Google, the groundbreaking ceremony will be livestreamed at YouTube.com/c/pridelive at 10:30AM ET on June 24. For more information, visit www.stonewallvisitorcenter.org

When the Stonewall Rebellion took place on June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn was made up of two locations – 53 Christopher Street, where the current Stonewall Inn bar is located today, and 51 Christopher Street. Located at 51 Christopher Street, the future home of the SNMVC will reunite the historic Stonewall Inn and commemorate the events of the Stonewall Rebellion in their authentic locations.

“The opening of the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center is a remarkable moment in the history of Stonewall,” said Ann Marie Gothard, President of the Pride Live Board of Directors. “We honor all those who came before us, most especially the queer people fighting for equality at the Stonewall Rebellion. The designation as a National Monument and the opening of this visitor center will memorialize their important legacy in the gay rights movement, and we hope will inspire future generations to continue fighting for LGBTQ+ equality.”

With a mission to preserve, advance and celebrate the legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion and the Stonewall National Monument, the SNMVC will serve as a beacon for generations to come, providing the unique opportunity to visit the very site where history was made and where the fight for LGBTQ+ equality visibly shifted with new waves of activism. The SNMVC will offer an immersive experience welcoming all people to explore and experience LGBTQ+ history and culture through in-person and virtual tours, lecture series, exhibitions and visual arts displays. In addition, the SNMVC will serve as home base for the dedicated National Park Service Rangers, who are responsible for the preservation of the Stonewall National Monument.

“On this spot, an energized group of people created a movement for equality that continues to this day,” said National Park Service Director, Chuck Sams. “The visitor center and its exhibits will celebrate and acknowledge LGBTQ+ accomplishments and serve as a place where people can learn about and connect with the LGBTQ+ community’s ongoing struggle for civil liberties.”

“The new Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center will serve as an important memorial for the Stonewall Uprising, an iconic and pivotal moment in the essential effort to fully realize America’s founding ideal that we are all created equal,” said U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. “I’m proud New York will be home to the first LGBTQ+ visitor center within the National Park Service, honoring the LGBTQ+ community and their history. As a proud parent of a LGBTQ+ person, I won’t stop fighting against the unprecedented and unjust discrimination the LGBTQ+ community continues to face today.”

“Pride means more than parades and rainbow merchandise. It’s about showing the world that we exist, that we matter, and celebrating the people who fought and sacrificed to get us here,” said Senator Brad Hoylman. “The Stonewall Inn – the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ+ liberation movement – not only honors our queer forebears, but also plants a flag for the vibrant LGBTQ+ community thriving in our city today. The new Stonewall National Visitors Center will forever stand as a space to congregate, celebrate, and flourish. I am grateful for the efforts of President Biden and Congressman Nadler for helping to create this truly remarkable and inspiring moment in our community’s history.”

Founding supporters of the SNMVC include Google – the first corporate partner to sign on, The Kors Le Pere Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., AARP, Target, David Yurman, Amazon, National Football League, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, United Therapeutics, New York Yankees and global activist and ally Josephine Skriver, who made the inaugural donation to the campaign.

“It’s vital to create safe and inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ community, and we are proud to support the opening of the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, a space that will memorialize the legacy of Stonewall,” said William Floyd, Senior Director of Public Policy at Google. “This groundbreaking is a significant moment in LGBTQ history, and we are thrilled to share this remarkable occasion with a global audience through our YouTube livestream.”

Designated by President Barack Obama on June 24, 2016, the Stonewall National Monument includes the 0.19-acre formerly known as Christopher Park and the surrounding streets including Christopher Street adjacent to the park. The Stonewall National Monument is the first U.S. national monument dedicated to LGBTQ+ rights and history.

The journey in recognizing LGBTQ+ history as American history was aided by entrepreneur, philanthropist and LGBTQ+ activist Tim Gill. In 2014, the Gill Foundation recognized a glaring omission of historic LGBTQ sites in the nation’s official records, and the organization made a grant to the National Park Service to commission a first-of-its-kind LGBTQ Theme Study, published in 2016. A separate advocacy campaign to designate the Stonewall National Monument was spearheaded by the National Parks Conservation Association, which worked with elected officials, NPS, historians and community stakeholders, culminating in 2016.

Pride Live convened a panel of experts who volunteered to advise on a range of issues related to the mission and development of the SNMVC. Advisory members include Joy Blackwood, Northeast Senior Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association; Ken Lustbader, Co-Founder, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project; and Eliza Byard, former Executive Director of GLSEN. Pride Live was represented by David Graff of Compass; Jody Markman of Markman Law; James P. Colgate, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP; and Daniel Forester, Partner, and Daniel Kearney, Associate, Orrick. Additionally, Pride Live is grateful for the support of Superintendent Shirley McKinney of the National Park Service, who was integral in facilitating the necessary agreements for the space.

Diversified Production Services is managing the production of the groundbreaking ceremony and live stream with support from iHeartMedia. Fremont Blue Events is leading the management of the ceremony, with The Social Edge and Christopher Street Tours overseeing the launch of the SNMVC’s social platforms.

MBB Architects will lead the design process with support from LGBTQ+ historians, activists and community leaders. Local Projects will lead the experiential, exhibit and educational process.

Further support has been provided by a leading group of activists, trailblazers, community leaders and allies called the Stonewall Rebels. Led by SNMVC National Chair Andrea Himmel, this group includes Geena Rocero, Heather Hiles, Helena Durst, Kelly Bush Novak, Lee Tucker, Brad Baumoel, Judith Kasen-Windsor, Rose Marcario, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, John-Paul Hayworth and Torrence Boone.

Additionally, TransTech Social Enterprises curated a collective of trans artists, one of whom was selected to design the inaugural and historic SNMVC membership card. The winner was Ang R. Bennett, who is an artist, curator, model, and trans and non-binary queer activist. Their painting will be revealed at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Brooklyn-based Lia Clay Miller, a world-renowned portrait and fashion photographer, will document every aspect of the development of the SNMVC, beginning at the groundbreaking ceremony, to the design and construction phase, and culminating with the grand-opening.

“The Stonewall National Monument provides the LGBTQ+ community with a physical representation of the struggle for justice and equal treatment under the law and in our society,” said Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick. “This place allows for interpretation of the long path that our community has been on and is a way to teach all Americans about who we are. I was proud to be part of the effort to create this monument and am elated to see the groundbreaking of the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, which will truly make LGBTQ+ history a part of what draws people to New York City and give weight to our historical record.”

“I was proud to champion the effort to designate the first-ever national monument to LGBTQ+ history at the historic site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City,” said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. “The opening of the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center will allow Americans to learn about these critical events in our history. Now more than ever, it is essential that we recognize the events at Stonewall that launched the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement here and worldwide. Since President Obama designated the monument, millions of Americans have had the chance to learn about these historic events. This new visitor center will honor the legacy of the brave members of the LGBTQ+ community who fought for their civil rights and support those who continue the fight for full equality today.”

The Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center will be funded by donations from the community and allies. To support this historic effort, please visit www.stonewallvisitorcenter.org or text REBEL to 243725.

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

TransTech:
Funding Recipient of #GoogleOrgImpactChallenge

November 08, 2021

We applied to the Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls, an open call to organizations working on projects that create economic opportunities for women and girls. We were drawn to this program for their intentional inclusion of transwomen.

Today, we are thrilled to announce that we were selected from a pool of 7,800 applications to receive funding and additional support from Google.org. With this funding, we’ll continue our work to employ, empower and educate through our revamped G.R.O.W. Program.

To learn more about the Impact Challenge, and the other incredible organizations who were selected at g.co/womenandgirlschallenge.

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …