History of TLF
The Trans Love Fund was founded in October of 2013, following We Are Family’s annual Spirit Day event. Our keynote speaker for the event was Laverne Cox, and the program was dedicated entirely to trans issues and awareness. Another speaker, a young local trans girl known as Jaimie, spoke about her struggles as her insurance company had recently stopped paying for her puberty suppressants. She was on the verge of male puberty, and this took a toll on her mental wellbeing. After hearing this story, the Trans Love Fund sprang into existence to gather the funds necessary to pay for her puberty suppressants. Through the generosity of the Charleston community and two fundraising events, TLF raised enough money to pay for her medication for a critical 6 month period. Shortly after, she found relief in a new insurance program that continues to pay for her puberty suppressants to this day. These days, the Trans Love Fund focuses on providing microgrants to trans identified and gender non-conforming individuals in South Carolina for medical, legal, and emergency expenses.
“If I had not gotten the Lupron when I did, I don’t know what would’ve happened to me. So thank you all, so much. Your donations are more than just money, they’re life changing.”Jaimie
What We Do
The Trans Love Fund is a program of We Are Family, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting and providing leadership opportunities to LGBTQ youth in the Charleston area. The Trans Love Fund is dedicated to supporting the trans community of South Carolina through providing microgrants to trans identified individuals throughout the state for medical, legal, and emergency living expenses.
TLF @ Creating Change
Recently, the Trans Love Fund alongside other members of We Are Family hosted a caucus at the Creating Change conference in Denver, Colorado, titled True Grit: Building Critical Structures. We facilitated a brainstorming session among participants about how to best serve populations of trans people in rural, and particularly Southern communities. We spoke at length with representatives from the Trans Latina Coalition about how to best serve the latin queer & trans community.