Trans Student Educational Resources was co-founded in 2011 by Eli Erlick and Alex Sennello, two 16-year-old transgender women, as Trans Student Equality Resources. It was originally envisioned as an organization for creating safer schools through youth-led action, much of which focused on policy. Since this time, we have hugely expanded our efforts in scope and scale as the only national organization entirely led by trans youth. In 2013, graphic designer Landyn Pan joined our organization to help create our successful infographic series that expanded our reach to millions of people around the world. In 2014 we changed “equality” in our name to educational, recognizing that equality will not liberate us but actually reinforce systems of white supremacy, transphobia, and injustice. That same year we began accepting donations and quickly growing in structure. We also released The Gender Unicorn, our most viral infographic and teaching tool that revolutionized how people think about gender. In 2015, we released our first policy publication, a Model Admissions Policy on Transgender Students at Women’s Colleges, which is now used around the world as a guide for single-gender institutions. We additionally began releasing statements, gathering resources, and mobilizing on a variety of issues facing marginalized communities including police, Black Lives Matter, and equality. In 2016, we hosted our first Trans Youth Leadership Summit, the only national fellowship program for young trans organizers of its kind. This year we have gained over 10 staff members and are excited to continue growing as we work to undo the climate of transphobia in education and youth.
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