Jack Knoxville picking up clothing donations

2024 Organizing Framework

Coming on the heels of our 2023 messaging to ‘Call in our Accomplices’, our 2024 framework has been designed to shift away from conversations aimed at ‘raising awareness’ to encouraging our accomplices to join us in taking actions that center those who are Disabled 2TIGE-BIPOC as we work together to create equitable systems of support.

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Finding Gender Euphoria at a Clothing Swap

Finding Gender Euphoria at a Clothing Swap

Despite the fact that clothing is one of the most abundant resources on our planet, especially in the United States, where we are high subscribers to fast fashion, it can be incredibly difficult to access gender-affirming clothing that is affordable for our community. 

From the discomfort of trying to shop in what may be an unaffirming and potentially unsafe space, to not having the cash needed to get the affirming clothing we want/need, clothing is one resource that the 2TIGE community is always in need of. 

Jack Knoxville is seen tabling during Pride
Clothes from a clothing swap organized by TEP

What is Community Organizing?

Community organizing is when a group of people who share a similar problem, come together to align and collaborate on potential solutions together.

How does organizing help the community?

By leaning into community organizing, we can continue to expand our network of resources for the community by relying on partners to help shoulder some of the weight that comes with providing community support.

Organizing support instead of creating new resources, enables TEP to move out of the way, and to allow others to take the lead, where possible. 

It also allows us to avoid doing work in silos and to not waste time recreating resources that already exist, improving capacity and giving us time to focus on deepening our relationships so that we all have the support we need to be successful.

How has TEP utilized Community Organizing?

TEP has launched many organizing initiatives. In fact, TEP was founded through organizing a community clothing swap which attracted over 100 members of the gender expansive community in Knoxville, TN in Dec. of 2016.

Our founder started with a clothing swap specifically because they and other members of the 2TIGE community in the local area, shared a similar problem of not being able to safely access gender affirming clothing.

What Kind of Organizing does TEP utilize in our work?

TEP believes in putting the power of organizing into the hands of the people that need it the most; our organizers ont he ground. We also rely on relational organizing, which is a method of growing relationships with the people that you already know and love, especially to keep our organizers safe, especially while with the rise in hate. 

Let’s be clear: Everyone has the potential to be a leader!

That being said, community organizing is a great way to find potential leaders who may not have had the opportunity to lead before and to help those folks gain the skills they need to become the leaders they were meant to be.

Enabling us to grow our support on the ground and across the globe,  as we collaborate on solutions for the number of issues that our keeping our community disempowered and unable to access the most vital of resources including things like food, clothing, safe shelter, affirming access to work, healthcare, and more.

By leaning into a distributed organizing model, and offering a coalition of support for community organizers, TEP aims to introduce trainings and to provide collaborative spaces for folks woh are interested in taking the lead, to do so authentically and in a way that’s free from white supremacy.

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