Community-Led Response to Address Economic Vulnerability due to COVID-19 with, for, and by Transgender Women of Color: A Qualitative Pilot Evaluation
Gamarel KE, Jadwin-Cakmak L, King WM, Reyes LA, Trammell R, Neilands TB, Connolly MD, and Jennings Mayo-Wilson L. Community-Led Response to Address Economic Vulnerability due to COVID-19 with, for, and by Transgender Women of Color: A Qualitative Pilot Evaluation. Transgend Health 2023; 8(2):195-199.
PURPOSE: Intersectional stigma fuels inequities among transgender women of color, which have been exacerbated by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This study evaluated a community-led emergency assistance program for transgender women of color.
METHODS: We conducted a pilot program evaluation (n=8).
RESULTS: Retention was 87.5% over the follow-up. Funds were primarily used for bills, food, and housing. Requesting and receiving funds was described as "somewhat to extremely easy." Participants identified the need for economic empowerment components in future programming, specifically gender affirmation, skill-building for education and employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities.
CONCLUSION: Findings highlight the need to invest in community-led strategies to address inequities experienced by transgender women of color.