The trans community has many heroes within and many non-trans heroes. I kinda of found this report from TransAction. If you know of any heroes tell their story via email and I will tell others about them.
Transgender Hero #1: Jacob Rostovsky
I’m starting a new series which will be added to periodically, which I
shall call Transgender Heroes. I will add people to the list as I
encounter them and personally judge them to be heroic.
Now there are plenty of people I’ve known about for years who qualify,
but I shall endeavor to shine the light on those who I deem will be
helping to carry us forward.
First up is Jake Rostovsky. I invite you inside to hear Jake’s story.
<http://lgbtweekly. com/2013/ 05/30/funding- lgbt-nonprofits/> is
currently a graduate student in Psychology at American Jewish
University. He is currently a Point Foundation scholar. The Point
Foundation <http://www.pointfou ndation.org/> is an LGBT scholarship
Jacob is the creator of Trans United with Family and Friends
<http://tufforg. com/home. html> (TUFF), which is a social group based
in Los Angeles. TUFF offers bimonthly get togethers of gender-variant
individuals and events planned for the families of such people.
TUFF aims to create a safe environment for gender variant
individuals to meet and spend time with each other. Although the
meet-ups are not a “support group”, we hope that the organic
atmosphere will lead for discussions on problems that arise within the
community and within the individuals, and hope that we can help find
TUFF is co-facilitated by Jacob’s mother, Peggy Cryden, a licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist with over a decade of clinical
experience. She specializes in ADHD, sexual identity and/or gender
identity issues, depression, anxiety and panic disorder, stress
management, abandonment issues, intimate relationship conflicts,
adjustment to change or life transitions, and family of origin issues.
Educated at UCLA and Phillips Graduate Institute, she now practices
Jake is a female to male transperson. He came out at 12 as lesbian,
but found he was still struggling with his identity. He came out
again at 14as transgender. Upon entering high school, Jake was
subjected to intense bullying and harassment. He was even sexually
assaulted because of his trans status. Because of that, he was
withdrawn from public school. The isolation that came with that,
along with the knowledge that he was hated for being transgender and
stuck because transition wasn’t happening, he went into deep
depression and became suicidal.
His parents finally realized his pain and began fearing for his life,
so they let him medically transition shortly before he turned 16.
Jake is using his life experiences to help others. He wishes to
become the transgender voice of his generation and help end the pain,
suffering, harassment and fear which gender-variant individuals face
To that end Jake started TUFF, to create a safe space in his community
and a glimmer of hope for the future.
He hopes that TUFF will be a non-profit giving financial assistance to
transgender and gender-variant individuals that can be used towards
the cost of transition and other medical needs. Plans are for the
money to be distributed on an as-needed basis.
Recipients must apply for an award, and are chosen based on their
financial need, personal, social and advocacy goals for the future.
Who can apply for funds? Anyone who identifies along the
transgender/ gender variant spectrum, regardless of their financial
needs. Applicants must fill out an application form that requires
them to provide information about their medical transition history and
financial needs. They must also submit two essays that ask about
their future goals and involvement within the transgender/ gender
Jake’s current effort is to raise money for his travel and the
administrative costs of getting the nonprofit off the ground. He has
been doing that our of his own pocket so far, but his expenses as a
student are interfering with that. He is working 40 hours a week as
an non-paid intern.
You can go help fund TUFF’s efforts at gofundme
<http://www.gofundme .com/transunited> . The current effort is to
raise $2000. $1050 has been raised so far.
Since I was fifteen, I’ve wanted to work in the transgender
community, trying to help individuals less fortunate than I was.
Realizing how expensive transition is, and how many insurance
companies don’t cover anything in that area, I knew someone had to
help those who couldn’t afford to transition.
I’ve realized that once a person medically transitions, their
entire life changes. They are happier, confident and hopeful, and for
some people this is the first time in their lives they’ve felt like
this. I don’t want anyone to be held back from giving the world their
all and reaching their full potential just because they can’t afford
If you can’t help this transgender hero financially, please consider
trying to help spread the message to those who might be able to do so.
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