31 Days 31 Trans Voices | Day 28: The GenderCool Project; Who We Are, Not What We Are

Today we bring you an organization that really knows how to use their voice and what to say. They’ve been out and about doing interviews and participating in speaking engagements to educate others. They are working hard to make the world a safer and more inclusive space for all trans kids. We pulled some info from their website to share with you. Read on.

The GenderCool Project is a youth-led movement replacing misinformed opinions with positive, powerful experiences meeting remarkable kids who identify as transgender and gender-expansive.

GenderCool is a first-ever, exclusively positive storytelling campaign that’s helping people across the globe understand gender. They’re doing something unprecedented. They’re telling stories of WHO these young people are as talented, successful, accomplished kids rather than WHAT they are. At a time when the fundamental rights of these children are vanishing at the federal level, they are taking control by building support and understanding in small towns to large cities in a big way. And they’re not doing it alone. Some of the world’s biggest companies have partnered with GenderCool to make their workplaces, policies and values reflect the level of inclusivity demanded by the future workforce.

Gearah Goldstein and Jennifer Grosshandler Co-founders of The GenderCool Project

Replacing Opinions with Experiences

In two short years, what began as a national storytelling campaign has become a movement with global impact. The GenderCool Project is centered around a cohort of extraordinary, passionate young people—our Champions—who are leading the conversation about gender. Every day, they help people understand that transgender and gender-expansive kids are just like all other kids.

The Movement

The GenderCool Project was inspired by the powerful, positive experience of one family. Jen and John are the parents of four, including a 13 year old daughter, Chazzie (She/Her), who proudly identifies as transgender. In stark contrast to the deeply meaningful and positive experience hundreds of thousands of families, the Grosshandler’s encountered a tsunami of mis-information about raising transgender and gender-expansive children.

Something had to be done. Jen found a mentor and friend in Gearah Goldstein, an expert on diversity and inclusion, a wife, a parent and a proud transgender person. Together, they joined forces with five extraordinary young people and their families to launch The GenderCool Project.

The Champions

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GenderCool has become a worldwide movement.

They are blown away by the talent and dedication of their teen Champions. They are humbled and honored by the commitment of their Allies. They are emboldened by the outpouring of love and support – from chat boards, to boardrooms, to media, to corporate campuses, to national summits.

You can keep up with The GenderCool Project or inquire about volunteering by visiting their website or following them on Twitter @GenderCool or Instagram @gendercool.

If you’d like to donate to help The GenderCool Project continue their good work click here.

“We are creating the world that lives up to our ideals. Together.” – The GenderCool Project

Terry Willits

Trans Speak's Editor-in-Chief is an international mixed media artist, writer, LGBTQ advocate, coffee snob, dog dad, and FTM transgender - but not necessarily in that order, who practices what he posts. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; he now does the writing thing from St. Louis, Missouri. You should check out his work - it's recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend stuff.

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