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Why We Started Transvitae.com: A Journey for the Trans Community’s Voice

Transvitae.com was founded to provide a dedicated platform for the transgender community, offering accurate and empathetic journalism on crucial issues. The need for such a site became clear through the coverage of tragic events, like the murder of transgender teen Pauly Likens. Despite the challenges, Transvitae.com remains committed to giving the transgender community a voice, promoting understanding, and fostering a supportive environment for all.

Starting Transvitae.com was not a decision made lightly. As a 55-year-old transgender woman who has been an author and website owner for nearly 20 years, I have seen firsthand the desperate need for a dedicated platform that voices the stories, struggles, and triumphs of the transgender community. This journey, which started on March 22, 2024, while filled with hope and purpose, has also been fraught with heartache and challenges.

The Necessity of a Dedicated Platform

The idea of Transvitae.com sprouted from a deep-seated necessity. For too long, the transgender community has been marginalized, our stories either ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media. The need for independent journalism became glaringly apparent. We needed a platform where our voices could be heard, where we could share news and information that truly matters to us.

Transvitae.com is not just a website; it’s a beacon of hope for many. It serves as a safe space where transgender individuals, their families, and allies can find accurate and empathetic coverage of the issues that affect us most. From healthcare and legal rights to personal stories of resilience, our mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate journalism.

The Challenges We Face

The journey of starting and maintaining Transvitae.com has been anything but easy. The topics we cover are often difficult and heartbreaking. Writing about the deaths of innocent transgender individuals, many of whom are taken from us far too soon, is a heavy burden. Each name added to the list of those lost to violence and hatred weighs heavily on our hearts.

It is gut-wrenching to report on the increasing number of attacks and murders of transgender individuals. Every story is a reminder of the pervasive danger that many in our community face daily. The pain of these losses is palpable, not just for the families and friends of those who have been killed, but for every transgender person who sees themselves reflected in these tragedies.

Pauly Likens: A Catalyst for This Article

This article comes on the heels of an exceptionally troubling story I covered this morning—the murder of transgender teen Pauly Likens in Pennsylvania. The horror, pain, and anger I felt while writing about Pauly’s senseless death were overwhelming. You can read the full story here.

Pauly’s murder is not just another statistic; it is a devastating reminder of the hostility and violence our community faces. Each incident like this one strikes a deep chord of grief and fury within me. As I wrote about Pauly, I was reminded once again why Transvitae.com is so vital. We need to tell these stories, not just to honor those we have lost but to rally our community and our allies to fight against the hatred and ignorance that lead to such tragedies.

Giving the Community a Voice

Despite the challenges, the importance of giving the transgender community a voice cannot be overstated. Transvitae.com stands as a testament to the resilience and strength of our community. We strive to shine a light on the issues that mainstream media often overlooks or misrepresents.

Our platform provides a space for transgender individuals to share their stories, experiences, and perspectives. This is crucial in fostering understanding and empathy within and outside of our community. By highlighting personal narratives, we aim to humanize the struggles and triumphs of transgender people, countering the often dehumanizing rhetoric that surrounds us.

Tackling Transphobia and Anti-Trans Movements

One of the most challenging aspects of our work is covering the actions of anti-transgender individuals and groups. These entities often have a clear goal: to push us back into the closet, eliminate our existence, or perpetuate plain transphobia. Reporting on these movements is difficult, but it is necessary.

By exposing these harmful agendas, we aim to inform and empower our readers. Knowledge is a powerful tool in the fight against discrimination and hate. We provide our audience with the information they need to stand up against transphobia, whether it be through advocacy, education, or personal resilience.

Empathy and Professionalism

At Transvitae.com, we approach our work with a blend of professionalism and deep empathy. We understand the weight of the topics we cover and the impact they have on our readers. Our goal is to provide accurate and informative content while also offering support and understanding.

We know how important it is to handle these stories with care. Each article is written with the utmost respect for those involved, recognizing their humanity and dignity. This approach is crucial in building trust with our audience and ensuring that Transvitae.com remains a reliable and compassionate resource.

Building a Community

Beyond reporting news and information, Transvitae.com aims to build a sense of community. We want our readers to feel connected, not just to the stories we share, but to each other. By fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, we hope to empower transgender individuals to live authentically and courageously.

We encourage our readers to engage with us, share their stories, and participate in discussions. This interaction is vital in creating a vibrant and dynamic community where everyone feels seen and heard.

The Road Ahead

Looking ahead, the journey for Transvitae.com is filled with both hope and determination. We are committed to continuing our mission of providing a voice for the transgender community. We will keep reporting on the issues that matter most, no matter how challenging they may be.

We will also strive to expand our reach, ensuring that more transgender individuals, their families, and allies can access the information and support they need. Our goal is to make Transvitae.com a cornerstone of independent journalism for the transgender community, a place where everyone can find strength, solidarity, and hope.

The Bottom Line

Starting Transvitae.com was a labor of love, born out of a deep need for a dedicated platform to voice the stories of the transgender community. Despite the heartache and challenges, the importance of our work is clear. We are here to provide accurate, empathetic, and comprehensive journalism that empowers and supports our readers.

To every transgender individual, family member, and ally who reads our articles: know that you are not alone. We are in this together, and Transvitae.com will continue to be a voice for our community, shining a light on our stories and standing up against hate and discrimination. Together, we can create a world where every transgender person can live freely and authentically.

Bricki
Brickihttps://transvitae.com
Founder of TransVitae, her life and work celebrate diversity and promote self-love. She believes in the power of information and community to inspire positive change and perceptions of the transgender community.
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