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!
Featured PACT NOW resources:
what’s coming up?
October 8, 2020
Are you ready to vote? Join us to talk about voting issues in Wisconsin for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming voters, including making your plan to vote, helping other community members vote, and ensuring that your vote actually counts!
October 13, 2020
Coming out can be fun, scary, exciting, nuanced, playful, avoided, or necessary. (For some, the choice is not to disclose, too!) This panel discussion will highlight many trans+ community member’s stories of coming out. Join in to support, listen, and maybe even gain a technique or two if you are considering disclosing your gender identity to someone in your life.
October 15, 2020
Sometimes we just need a bit of time to chill, connect with others, chat, and color! Find your favorite coloring book or sketch pad, or download a coloring page from the web. As we color, we talk about whatever moves us – and share the results of our beautiful coloring at the end of the session.
[October 15, 2020 is also Spirit Day – so we can share our Go Purple Spirit to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying.]
October 20, 2020
There are all kinds of relationships. All of them need care, nurturing, and some work to blossom. This session will focus on creating and maintaining meaningful relationships – of all kinds. We’ll focus on learning how to improve active listening skills, communicating clearly, getting what you need, and action steps that will strengthen your budding and long-term relationships and friendships.
October 22, 2020
Join FORGE for this dynamic, interactive, experiential, and reflective space that encourages attendees to transform feelings about personal or global loss, trauma, or life-hardships into empowered hope. Attendees – in a structured, safe, creative setting – will use writing (and maybe a little art and movement too) to address topics that impact us all. Participants will leave with a renewed sense of hope, community, and connection with themselves and with others. All materials provided, but feel free to bring your favorite notebooks and writing tools. No writing experience necessary.
New, unique programming every week! Check back frequently to see the schedule.
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.