Semi-recently, I went through a Major Life Change (read: breakup), and found myself with a lot of excess time and excess feelings on my hands. In order to distract myself from the pangs of heartache, I started to spend a lot more of my time at the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (TGRCNM).
Can I just tell you how fucking awesome this place is? With an operating budget of basically zero and a staff of three, this place is radically changing the face of trans* services in the state of New Mexico, the Southwest, and hell, I’ll even say the whole damn United States. Grassroots organizing and community accountability are at the core of TGRCNM’s values, and I think that there is a lot that we can all learn from the work being done by these amazingly dedicated folks.
Example 1: In September, TGRCNM hosted its first ever Pabst and Paps, a pap clinic for transmasculine people. There was food, football, fraternizing, and oh yeah, pap smears. What a great idea, right?