Trans Women of Color Collective

The Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) is a grassroots organization that was founded in 2013 to focus on the experiences of trans women of color in the United States and globally. It was the first—and, as of 2020, continues to be the only—national organization in the United States run by and for trans women of color. TWOCC has been instrumental in not only raising societal awareness of the lives of trans women of color but also in improving their lives through initiatives that address their health, well-being, and community connections.


The Trans Women of Color Collective was started by Lourdes Ashley Hunter, a Black, disabled, trans woman, and Vanessa Victoria, a Puerto Rican trans woman, after the beating death of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old Black ...

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