Trans Defense Fund LA is a Los Angeles-based mutual aid group that was created in response to the disproportionate violence that trans women face.
One in five trans women report feeling threatened or harassed on an almost daily basis, and 45% of trans women and men report feeling threatened or harassed weekly, compared to 19% of cisgender people. The estimated life expectancy of a Black trans woman is only 35 years old.
Trans Defense Fund LA provides trans individuals living in Los Angeles with safety kits consisting of stun guns, pepper spray, tactical flashlights, window breakers, and an informational pamphlet on how to use each item.
It is important to own some form of self defense, and this initiative allows those in Los Angeles to have an added layer of safety and protection.
You can sign up to receive a free kit here.
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LA! ⚡️Reserve your self-defense kit now by filling out the link in our bio. Please help us share this so that we can make sure these resources can be in the hands of those who need them most. Each kit includes a stun gun, pepper spray, tactical stun flashlight, kitty claw tool, and a window breaker. ⚡️ We need to continue to support trans folx and fight against the epidemic of violence against Black and brown trans women. The combination of racism and transphobia leaves our sisters unprotected and in harm’s way. It is our mission to make sure that trans women especially are protected. We are accepting donations to continue providing kits and resources to our community. ♥️ All donation links are in our bio as well. Thank you all for supporting this work and being a part of this collective care. #blacktranslivesmatter #allblacklivesmatter #protecttranswomen #mutualaid #collectivecare #selfdefense
Additionally, Trans Defense Fund LA provides other resources, such as self-defense training classes.
Transgender women of color were the leaders in LGBTQ+ activism before, during, and after the uprising at the Stonewall Inn 51 years ago, but they have never been put at the center of the movement they helped start. We need to continue to support trans folx and fight against the epidemic of violence against Black and brown trans women. The combination of racism and transphobia leaves our sisters unprotected and in harm’s way. It is our mission to make sure that trans women especially are protected. Thank you all for supporting this work and being a part of this collective care.Trans Defense Fund LA
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Thank you to everyone who showed up to our first self-defense class and to the fabulous instructors @sophiaanita_selfdefense @shancock720 👊 We are sending out the full video of the class this week, so this is one more reminder to sign up to receive an email with the video link! Link in bio 🖤