transgender resource center of new mexico


V.24 No.23 | 06/04/2015
Courtesy of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico

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Walk with PRIDE: Trans March Albuquerque 2015

A civil rights march to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by transgender and non-gender conforming people in their daily lives. Concludes with a candlelight vigil.
V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012
Guillaume Paumier/ CC BY-SA 2.0

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More Wisdom Than Years

Sometimes journalism is difficult because the sources aren't forthcoming or polished speakers, requiring extra effort to tease compelling morsels out of interview material. This week’s cover story was difficult for the opposite reason: Every single person I contacted was articulate, knowledgable, insightful and well-spoken. Their statements were thought-provoking and their stories inspiring. Lissa, a member of the Transgender Resource Center's youth group was no exception, though what she shared with me didn't make it into the print edition.

“Like most transgender people, I've known that I was trans for a really long time,” she told me.

In 8th grade, after confessing in confidence to one of her best friends that she was trans, he outed her to the entire school. Coming out to her mother wasn't any easier.

“I was really suicidal for a time, and my mom walked in on what was my second attempt. My first was when I was little, but I chickened out, thankfully.” Lissa said her mother still struggles to accept who she really is, but “she's of the mindset that it's better to have another daughter than a dead son. It's not accepting, but it's at least tolerant.”

Lissa's journey through adolescence has been eased somewhat by a doctor's prescription for testosterone blockers, an active Gay-Straight Alliance group at school and a supportive group of friends. She's also found an outlet on YouTube where she posts videos aimed at other young people struggling to reconcile their gender identity.

When I told Lissa that she and other youth group members seemed much so much more mature than their age, she theorized that it comes with the territory of their experiences.

“You're making very mature decisions about your life. You grow up really fast, and you grow up hiding because from a very young age you know something's different and you're going to be hated for it.”

V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012
“I really hope that we can get more people who are outspoken in their own right,” UNM student Lilly Lawrence-Metzler says. “Not everyone needs to march with a sign to be an activist.”
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Young Hearts, Be Proud

The next generation of LGBTQ activists comes of age

It’s a hot Sunday afternoon, and east Nob Hill feels drowsy and quiet—with one exception. The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, on Silver just south of Central, buzzes with energy. A speech therapist counsels male-to-female transgender youth on how to practice raising the tones of their voices. Two visitors stop by to browse free clothes available in the center’s brimming walk-in closet. A parent volunteer shows a guest around the rooms, pointing out the computer lab and the small lending library.

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V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012

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A Good Kind of Drag

It's been a long time coming. New Mexico's transgender folks will have a place to call their own when the brand-spankin'-new Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (4100 Silver SE) opens its doors. Its mission is straightforward: to provide support, education, information and assistance to the state's transgender population. Celebrate the occasion with live sets by Johnny Cash cover outfit A Band Named Sue and honky-tonk group The Tumbleweeds, along with a raffle, prizes, food and drag performers. The event runs from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by a special drag show at Sidewinders (900 Central SE) from 8 to 10 p.m. For more on the facility, visit tgrcnm.org.

Adrien Lawyer
Magen Hansen

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An Address for Change

Within the walls of a new space at 4100 Silver SE, the center has a computer lab, a kitchen, a lending library and a closet. Each is more significant than it may seem.