The PDX Trans Works Project envisions a world where transgender and nonbinary (TNB) people are empowered to build the careers and businesses of their dreams. It is a project housed within PABA, Portland’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, and meets quarterly. The Project centers services and support around the most vulnerable and invisible TNB Portlanders and holds itself accountable to TNB communities through ongoing community listening sessions, and the establishment of a TNB-focused business advisory council.
The project will achieve its goal by meeting the following objectives:
Why is this Project Needed?
The PDX Trans Works Project exists to support the growing number of TNB people moving to Oregon by addressing the significant barriers to employment and entrepreneurship. Approximately 19,750 TNB people live in Oregon, and the number continues to rise given Oregon’s progressive human and civil rights laws. Yet, even with these laws, policy change has not shifted the harsh realities many TNB Oregonians endure.
A snapshot of TNB Oregonians employment and entrepreneurship experiences reveal:
The Portland Metropolitan Area is the seventh largest when it comes to TNB people calling this area home. As such, progressive leaders in this City have a responsibility and an incredible opportunity to build upon the leadership of other major West Coast cities sharing economic empowerment opportunities with some of the most vulnerable.
Let’s Make It Better – Get Involved!
Over the past year, PABA has co-sponsored a variety of community listening sessions to better understand the needs of local transgender and nonbinary employees (and those seeking employment) as well as communicating what we are learning through a number of panel discussions in the project’s inaugural year. We are in the process of seeking grant funding and corporate sponsorships to expand our reach and have a greater impact. If your organization is interested in supporting our work, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also continue to build out our transgender and nonbinary business advisory council, and we especially encourage more trans & nonbinary folks of color, trans women, and allies who have the ability to add energy, capacity, and commitment to seeing this project succeed. If you have an interest in learning more, or if you have a strong background and commitment to economic justice and want to add your voice, please email us at email@example.com.