This year Juanita has chosen TRUTH (TRans yoUTH), a joint program between Transgender Law Center and GSA Network. This program seeks to amplify the voices of trans and gender non-conforming young people by offering a safe place to share struggles, learn empathy, and build public understanding. 40% of trans individuals who responded to a 2015 survey shared they had attempted suicide and 77% of trans youth shared they had experienced harassment or discrimination in school. Nearly 20% of those experienced harassment so severe, they had to leave elementary or high school. TRUTH is allowing these youth to lead the way to end the isolation and stigma that trans youth face so these statistics can reach zero. These are the youth of our future and they have the power to change both minds and policies through their stories.
- Juanita MORE!
TRUTH (TRans yoUTH) is rooted in using media and storytelling as methods of liberation, challenging what stories exists to become what stories we need. Our campaigns, organized by the national and regional TRUTH councils, tackle different topics through the lens of media organizing. We work to prioritize the stories of communities within the bigger transgender community who have historically been silenced by mainstream organizing. TRUTH is intentional about centering Black trans folks, femme trans youth, disabled trans individuals and all folks who are at the margins, within the marginalized.