COVID-19 sucks. PACT NOW is a multifaceted new program to help trans and non-binary folks get through this hard time.

Fight the isolation and join us each week for trans-focused supportive virtual get-togethers, ask-an-expert sessions and online support groups. Check out this week’s programming below!

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ASK the Physician > “My job is considered essential. How can I stay safer?”

May 19, 2020 @ 6:00 – 7:00pm CT

Not everyone is working from home or unemployed.  It is not always clear what needs to be done to stay safe(r) while working with others, which may include not being able to adhere to social distancing recommendations.  Learn how to minimize your risk and learn strategies to stay as healthy as possible.


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Book Discussion: Advice from the Lights (author Stephanie Burt)

May 20, 2020 @ 4:00pm – 5:30pm CT

Woodland Pattern has provided books for community members to read ahead of this discussion group. At this session, we’ll read selected poems from trans author, Stephanie Burt’s book of poetry, Advice from the Lights. Join in to listen and discuss! Get your own (free) book ahead of time by emailing Peter Burzynski


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Chat: Things that Bring Joy

May 21, 2020 @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm CT

Maybe it’s the single blade of grass peeking through the sidewalk crack, the warmth of your cat’s fur, or the beat of the song on your playlist. We’ll talk about the things that bring us joy. We’ll explore how to cultivate more and capture its essence to help sustain us.


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Game Day

May 22, 2020 @ 4:00pm – 5:30pm CT

Join FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic for supportive social connection. All groups are trans and queer led. Let’s have some fun and play some online games!


ASK the Provider > Low or no health insurance? You still deserve healthcare!

May 23, 2020 @ 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT

We all deserve physical and mental health care. This session will explore getting the care you need with or without insurance. We’ll discuss how to access affordable health insurance (possibly at no cost to you). We’ll share where you can seek care without insurance, and how to navigate systems that often seem to prioritize payment over people.

We’ll be introducing new programming over the next few days. Each week will bring something new. Check back soon!

Featured PACT NOW resources:

Our programs at-a-glance:


CONNECT events are a scheduled time to connect with trans/non-binary community peers in a gently structured online environment.  Each week, the three (3) CONNECT events will spur conversation, reduce isolation, and create new connections.


ASK the Expert events are open periods of regularly scheduled time where you can ask questions to health care providers, mental health professionals, social workers, advocates, and lawyers. Two (2) events each week will include unique opportunities to ask all of the questions you wonder about, but don’t know where or how to find the answers.  Most sessions will be in a webinar-format (on Zoom), but some may be via Twitter Chat.



Are you concerned about COVID-19 and not sure where to turn that is knowledgeable and affirming of trans/non-binary people? Reach out to our team by voice or text (414-559-2123), or email with your questions or concerns. 

We’ll connect you to the resources you need, including 1-1 advocacy services, case management, medical resources, violence prevention and response, connection to public benefits and sustainable resources.


Stay tuned for a series of fact sheets, documents, videos, infographics and other trans-specific information related to COVID-19. 


In-Depth Support Groups

Stay tuned! In the next month+, we will begin to offer this service.

8-week, counselor-led support groups, will provide in-depth, person-centered support for 8 people per session.  Groups will provide support, skills, and themed content that will enhanced individuals’ ability to better cope with anxiety and depression, isolation, navigating trauma responses, identifying strengths, building relationships, and self-advocacy. 

PACT NOW = Preventing and Assisting with COVID-19 among Trans and Non-binary Wisconsinites.  PACT NOW is a partnership between FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic.

This project is funded in part by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.