FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization, founded in 1994. In addition to our national work, we have provided extensive support in Wisconsin and Illinois to trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming individuals and loved ones since our inception.
Our local work:
We host monthly support groups for trans/non-binary people and loved ones, as well as monthly support groups for parents of trans youth and support for trans/non-binary teens. We maintain an extensive referral list to trans-informed providers, as well as respond to requests for information and training. We enjoy partnering with the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video festival each year in co-sponsoring trans-focused films and co-sponsoring the Health and Wellness Area of PrideFest, insuring that the trans community has a central role in Wisconsin’s largest LGBTQ event.
In addition to monthly support-focused groups, we host many special events each year, such as author book readings, film screenings, annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. We work closely with many local organizations to collaborate on public policy, non-discrimination efforts, increasing cultural competency, and improving the lives of trans and non-binary individuals and loved ones.
Our national work:
Since 2009, we have been federally funded to provide direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault. Since 2011, FORGE has served as the only transgender-focused organization federally funded to provide training and technical assistance to providers around the country who work with transgender survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. Our role as a technical assistance provider has allowed us to directly see key continued and emerging challenges many agencies are experiencing in serving sexual assault survivors of all genders.
To learn more about our national work, please visit our main website at www.forge-forward.org