Announcement! Our Name Change to RESCQU NET
By Samantha Logan, CEO
If you've been with Trans* Youth Channel over the past 6 years I am sure you have noticed we are constantly changing, figuring out how best to cater to the online communities that have requested our assistance.
In 2011 when we started as a mere YouTube Channel we were inundated with messages from a largely invisible community and today it is no different.
Unfortunately however we know today that these people are far less likely to go on to transition happily, and much more likely to suffer tremendous hardship, depression, and hurdles, or remain invisible to 'out-serving' organizations.
In 2013 I (Samantha) decided we would help the Trans* people unable to receive resources, and made Trans* Youth Channel a full organization, but I found quickly that Trans* people weren't alone. Femme lesbians, Pansexual people in heterosexual monogamous relationships, stealth post-op Trans* and gender-nonconforming people, LGBT+ elders and youths, and so many more people are unable to receive the resources they need from all of the great non-profit organizations out there, for fear of outing or harming their status as stealth, closeted, questioning, or otherwise.
So we changed. We are happy to say we are now the first organization specifically catering to a largely closeted, stealth, questioning, and under-resourced (SCQU) people as a community. But our name, obviously,
does NOT reflect that.
We are no longer an organization for Transgender Youth. We are more. We are now an organization for all LGBT+ people forced to cover their identities and remain in some form of closet in some situation. We've out-grown our name, so I am happy to announce we have changed it to RESCQU NET.
But It's more then that...
We hope to be a lifeboat. We hope to help people drowning in the lone dark waters of the closet, unable to attain resources leading to severe depression, and often self harm or suicide. We feel that this name not only encapsulates our true audience and those we help, it encapsulates what we hope to make in an organization:
A catcher in the Rye, A Rescue Boat for LGBT+ invisible populations, and a safety net, for you to live stealth, closeted, or invisible until such a time as you are safe, comfortable, happy, and ready to come out and openly access resources.
What to expect from here...
With this change a lot of questions will need to be answered. So I will be taking your questions directly if you email me at Samantha@transyouthchannel.org for now or fill out the contact form below. I'll do my best to outline what is going to happen here for further information as well:
What will the process look like?
That should be about it. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me by emailing me at Samantha@transyouthchannel.org or filling out the question form below! And also, please submit your logo proposal as well! We would really appreciate the help and you're logo could be featured with a $100 dollar prize!
You're Not Trans*
I came out as non-binary for the first time to a few close friends of mine about a week ago. I was in a state of weird ecstasy for a week. Something was unleashed that I never thought was possible.
But then Thanksgiving happened. I was already out to my family as “bisexual,” and the only person I had any issues with regarding my identity was my mother. She would constantly be hinting that my identity was something that would pass and eventually I would come out as straight. Her daughter would become a good little Christian girl and would settle down with a good straight-laced Christian man.
“Are you seeing any men right now?”
“Well, Mom, I’m not dating any men or women right now?”
She ignores the question. I make a quiet joke to my sister about my general disdain of men and we both start laughing.
My mother asks me what we were laughing about.
Out of nowhere with my family surrounding me at the entrance of my childhood house my mom says to me, “You better not be trans.”
There was a pause.
“Because I couldn’t handle that.”
I can’t breathe. My need to be honest combats my need for basic safety.
Not only do I have to explain that her perfect little daughter may not just be in denial about her orientation, but also that her perfect little daughter may not actually be her “daughter.”
How Do You Develop Identity?
Identity is complicated. Many identities are difficult to describe such as gender, some are worked at for years like in occupational identities, and others are provided to you by the world around you as is the case for race..
For the #MyInvisibleStory campaign we would like to provide an easier way to explain identity for friends, family, and others in a simple and easy Info-graphic!
If you have any questions comment below and we will answer them!
While this graphic is certainly over simplified and doesn't include a lot of inter-cultural situations we hope that this will easily explain the complexity and intricacy of Identity for you and those around you! Please share this graphic if it was helpful and support Trans* Youth Channel during our #MyInvisibleStory campaign by...
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