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Angelica Ross — the dynamic entrepreneur who recently founded Chicago-based nonprofit TransTech — has personally seen the best and worst of what a transgender person can face on the job market.

That’s why she started TransTech, which will offer a training academy and apprenticeships for aspiring trans web developers and graphic designers this Fall.

"TransTech emerged from my story, [which] is the same story for so many trans women of color," Ross tells The Advocate. “When I began my transition, I was fired from my job, estranged from my family, and introduced to sex work and the adult industry.”

Soon the technologically-inclined Ross decided to teach herself web coding and graphic design, and was able to become successfully self-employed as a freelancer.

"Over the course of 10 years … I discovered technology as a path to independence for trans people. I no longer had to face on-the-job discrimination and harassment if I didn’t want to," she explained. "I could log-in and make money without people caring about what I look or sound like."

Her experiences with Internet freelancing, as an Apple employee, and a stint in beauty school planted the seed for TransTech, which is now becoming a reality through help from an Indiegogo fundraiser.

"It is my mission to make TransTech the Apple of the nonprofit industry!" Ross says.

More specifically, the project’s ultimate goal is to empower trans attendees to become self-employed independent contractors in the tech industry. Apprentices will accomplish this by practicing their skills in a training setting, similar to beauty school students. Customers will pay an affordable rate for web and graphic design, and apprentices will be able to earn income; any extra profit will be used by TransTech to continue the next cycle of apprenticeships.

Ross says tht the program’s unique setup came to her after she began observing other employment programs in Chicago. “[They] were focusing heavily on training people for food service jobs or manual labor jobs,” she recalls. “The attitude was that tech skills would be over-the-heads of the populations typically served by social services. But I knew for a fact this wasn’t true, and I set out to prove it.”

Tech skills are, Ross believes, going to be increasingly in-demand in our tech-savvy world. She hopes TransTech will set its participants up for “economic improvement,” and help ease the “extreme levels of poverty, discrimination, harassment, and violence towards the trans community, especially trans women of color.”

She refers to this approach as “social enterprise:” the maximization of both individual and community well-being, rather than profit. In the video below, she beams with confidence at how needed a program like TransTech is at a time like this. Trans community advocates — including Trans*H4CK founder Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, coder Naomi Ceder, and GLAAD Media Strategist Tiq Milan — have agreed, coming out on social media in vocal support of the nonprofit.

Ross’ only lament so far, she says, is her inability to do more. “We have received roughly 30 applications and they are still pouring in; my email and phone are bombarded by hopeful apprentices,” she tells The Advocate. “But we can only afford to enroll 2 people [in the first session], which breaks my heart.”

"That’s why," she concludes, "even though we are only looking to raise $15,000 to get us through the first 12-week apprenticeship, I am hoping the rest of the community understands how much of a difference TransTech can make in the lives of trans people and the LGBT community as a whole."

"The more money we raise, the more trans people we can enroll, pay, and set on the path to independence."


“Our lives begin to End the Day we become SILENT about the things that Matter.” -MLK Jr

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), poverty is pervasive with the majority of the people living on as little as 20 cents/day. In the eastern region of Congo, this problem is compounded by violent conflict and mass population displacement. Decades of ongoing struggle and limited health care in the DRC have left a wake of children with extensive traumatic injuries and untreated congenital physical disabilities many of which could have been prevented with access to basic health care. A mother waits patiently after walking days to reach the refugee camp in hopes to have her children receive much needed care.


Since start of relief Operation, Pakistan Army troops have rescued more than 17000 stranded people to safer places.

Already swimming in political turmoil, Pakistan is now struggling against massive flooding that is displacing thousands and killing hundreds.

The Flash Floods Wreaking Havoc In Pakistan Aren’t Done Yet


"Think of it as some kind of giant, angry, mucus-excreting snail guarding your ladybits.” - How IUDs Work

Being transgender means one is more likely to suffer poverty, homelessness and criminalization. The violence carried out upon trans and gender non-conforming people lowers their life expectancy. But for those who do make it to middle age, there’s little in the way of resources for housing, employment and healthcare. As an active part of New York’s trans community, however, Tanya Walker says she got the support she needed. And a lot of it came through ALP.


BBC - Kenya’s beauty queen: Building a business empire

Terry Mungai has built Kenya’s beauty empire and forged a trail for female entrepreneurs in the country

"When we were starting out, if you were a woman and you went to the bank for a loan, they wanted to know who you were married to and whether you had permission to be in business," says Terry Mungai.

Terry, the founder and chief executive of Ashleys Kenya, a beauty company with more than 240 employees, adds: “But now all that has changed. You are considered an entrepreneur.”

Twenty years ago when her then-employer, Diners International, quit Nairobi she did what she had always wanted to do, and opened a hair salon.

Today, walking around one of her 12 hair salons in the upmarket Lavington area of Nairobi, she greets her clients with a broad smile as she moves along the row of hairdryers.

Towards one corner of the room, three hairdressers hover over a customer as they twist and turn her hair braids.

In a partially enclosed area, another woman enjoys a manicure and pedicure while sipping orange juice. The pampering is part of the company’s mission statement - to be the most professionally run chain of salons in Kenya.

Ed’s note: Read her whole story - she also runs Miss World Kenya contest, and plans to open a retail chain for cosmetics