Courtney Gray's volunteer work with The Center is all about overcoming divides, building community and fostering understanding.
"One of my biggest goals in my volunteerism is to bring the trans community together, past its internal and agency divides," said Courtney.
Courtney came to The Center several years ago looking for community. She did a number of different volunteer jobs, including working at the front desk. As a volunteer, she saw transgender people coming to The Center looking for advice, resources and direction. The experiences inspired her to take a more active approach.
"Information has to be made available," Courtney says, adding that information providers need training on how to talk to transgender people.
The Center started the Transgender Advisory Committee at the beginning of 2010 to offer feedback and programming recommendations to The Center's board and staff. The committee organized a Transgender-hosted Rest and Resource Area at PrideFest last June, co-hosted a community potluck last August with the Gender Identity Center, hosted a Trans 101 seminar last fall, and the first Transgender Job Fair in a noncoastal city in May of 2011.