Our vision is a global culture in which transgender people are understood, welcomed, and honored for their contributions. One significant aspect to being transgender is that living an authentic life is not optional. Gender identity is a fundamental aspect of the human experience. A good question to ask someone who has not experienced being transgender might be, “How would you feel if your body changed into the opposite gender?” I think most cis gendered people (people whose physical body at birth reflects their experienced gender identity) would find it incredibly unbearable to find themselves in the “wrong body”. So it is with transgender people. Transgender people put themselves at incredible risk of violence and rejection by choosing to simply live an authentic life. There is wisdom to be learned from transgender people about living in authenticity despite the challenges and hurt that may come.
Transortium is a movement that goes beyond simply standing for equal rights. We recognize transgender people as a sacred spirits demonstrating what human beings are capable of!
Our mission is to uncover and overcome blockages to transgender equality from the inside out. This means that we address incongruities inside ourselves ever striving to deepen our sense of self-worth and dignity. We also look at the Zeitgeist of the culture towards greater acceptance of transgender people in the workplace, for instance, and aim to amplify these forward strides through education and activities.
Transortium is a global grassroots effort by transgender people and allies for transgender people and society. Together, we are committed to forging new pathways to understanding and celebrating the beauty and wisdom that transgender people bring to society!
Since launching our movement publicly in August of 2017, over 2500 transgender people have joined our network. Their individual experiences and needs drive the efforts of Transortium. In addition to these voices, our leadership team brings specialized knowledge and an indelible passion to our movement.
Heather Flanagan – CEO
Transortium was founded in 2015 by Heather Flanagan, MBA. She has helped promote equal rights for the LGBTQ community from early adulthood. Heather canvassed for the No on 9 (1992) and No on 13 (1994) campaigns in Oregon, served as a board member for Pride Northwest, the organization responsible for planning the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade, and served as a member of the Sexual Minorities Roundtable supporting the Portland Police in its mission to connect with the LGBTQ community in an enlightened manner. Heather is a member of the Greater Seattle Business Association, the world’s largest LGBTQ chamber of commerce and a supporter of the Gender Justice League in Seattle. (Read more…)
Sarah Isaksen – Board Secretary
Sarah Isaksen is a leader in the insurance industry and has graciously given of her time and expertise in helping Transortium dot its ‘i’s and cross its ‘t’s. Sarah brings a balancing energy and perspective to the visionary frenzy that is Transortium. Sarah is a lifelong learner, always seeking ways to better herself and her community. Sarah only recently began her transition to living authentically as a woman. We are fortunate that her transition path has led her to contribute her skills and experience to Transortium.
Kendra Brill – Training Director/Image Consultant
Kendra Brill is a certified facilitator trainer for transgender support groups. She brings her knowledge and experience as a lifelong transgender advocate and business woman to oversee Transortium coaching groups internationally.
As a business owner in the cosmetics industry, she is in a unique position to empower transgender women to embrace their beauty and accentuate their gifts in Transortium’s #HireTrans programs.
“For the transgender community, everyday tasks can bring seemingly insurmountable challenges to overcome as we transition to our authentic selves. Sometimes, these challenges will threaten (Read more…)
Christine Hazel Decker – Anti-Bullying Advocate
Christine Hazel Decker brings her unique perspective on how to deal with bullying to Transortium’s Facebook network. Christine, AKA The Bully Whisperer, mentors viewers on how to #FliptheScript with her video advice column. As a transgender person who has been in the public eye, Christine has experienced extreme bullying on the Internet as most trans people do. She has not let it destroy her soul, though at times it has threatened to do just that. Instead, Christine uses boldness, humor, and compassion to transform the bullying dynamic into human connection. Instead of feeling weak, Christine uses compassion to empathize with the weakness experienced by those who bully others. She encourages all of us to embrace our power, stand tall, and combat ignorance with understanding.