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The Gender Expansion Project’s mission is to promote gender inclusive education and awareness surrounding transgender, transsexual, intersex and gender diverse people through evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public and private policy and respect in transgender health and wellbeing.

 

History of the Gender Expansion Project

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MontanaTDOR was founded in 2008 by Kyndra Nevin in Belgrade, Montana. The organization was started to help fund Billings Transgender Day of Remembrance

In less than a year, the organization went from funding events with a minimal turnout of less than thirty people to sponsoring two of the largest Transgender Day of Recognition events in Montana history at the time, providing transgender resources and referrals throughout the State of Montana and beyond, running the Montana Gender Alliance, and working with professionals to provide better care for trans identified individuals.

The organization was built for the transgender community by the transgender community, and was here for the transgender community, both for sponsoring events like Transgender Day of Recognition, as well as fighting for equal rights of the entire LGBTQQI community within.

Since the formation of MontanaTDOR, it became clear that the organization, at its roots, was limited by its name and by its primary focus around the annual Day of Recognition.

In the fall of 2012, a group of organizers gathered with MontanaTDOR community organizers and developed a vision for a progressive organization that met the current needs being met by MontanaTDOR, as well as expanding its outreach, and overall purpose, into an organization that would work to further the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders and related gender variant health concerns by professionals in medicine, psychology, law, social work, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, among other related fields, and so, only days later, the Gender Expansion Project was born.

We, as an organization, envision the future of the project bringing together diverse professionals dedicated to developing best practices and supportive policies and programs throughout Montana which promote health, research, education, respect, dignity and equality for transgender, transsexual, intersex and gender diverse people of Montana and beyond.

As an interdisciplinary and professionally focused organization, the Gender Expansion Project will work to further the understanding, care, treatment and acceptance of transgender, transsexual, intersex and gender diverse individuals. With an emphasis on the health and well being of these individuals, the Gender Expansion Project will work to further the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders and related gender variant health concerns by professionals in medicine, psychology, law, social work, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, among other related fields

The Gender Expansion Project will provide opportunities for professionals from various sub-specialties to communicate with one another in the context of the needs of those of gender diversity in the areas of medicine, psychology, law, social work, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, and other professional care focuses, as well as providing opportunities for community professionals, including corporate staff, human resource professionals, community organizers and organization administration to further their education of the issues surrounding those of transgender, transsexual, intersex and gender diverse identities, including access to basic needs, access to public assistance, access to equal employment and equality both at a public and private policy level.