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Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network

Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network-5848

Organization Mission

The Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network educates individuals and organizations on best practices for transgender & gender expansive clients, patients, students, congregants and families; creates and develops spaces, actions, and policies that advance the welfare of transgender and diverse gender non-conforming individuals, their families, and allies in California’s Central Coast communities.

The Big Idea:
Transgender Health Center

SBTAN’s youth programming started with three families three years ago and today includes over 50 families with transgender children. SBTAN has advocated for these families and seen amazing impact in our school districts, including staff-wide training and a multi-stall gender-neutral restroom at Dos Pueblos High School. The next goal is the development of trans-confident health care providers. SBTAN’s Big Idea is a Transgender Health Center, which would provide primary care for children, young adults, and seniors identifying as transgender, non-binary, and agender. We look forward to working with our community partners and health care providers to create a welcoming space for all.

The Santa Barbara Unified School District considers SBTAN to be an integral partner in our work to ensure the safety and success of our transgender, gender non-conforming, agender, and gender fluid students. Last year SBTAN engaged over 60 teachers, administrators, and counselors to help create safe and inclusive classrooms for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Attendees found the training to be essential to their work. In addition, the students who participated requested that all the adults in their schools be trained. SBUSD will continue to work with SBTAN to expand learning opportunities for our staff, students, and families. In the short time that SBTAN has been in existence it has filled a large hole in our community. It is essential that we ensure the well-being of SBTAN so that it can continue to provide much needed services to our community.

— Frann Wageneck, Assistant Superintendent, Santa Barbara Unified School District