2015 in Review: The Transgender Community

From the Show: Rewired Radio
Summary: 2015 has been an eventful year for the transgender community.
Air Date: 12/18/15
Duration: 10 Minutes
Guest Bio: Beck Gee-Cohen
Beckpic-minBeck Gee-Cohen is originally from Los Angeles, CA. Beck completed undergraduate work in the field of Sociology with a focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Addiction from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Beck's undergraduate thesis was a study on addiction in LGBTQ rural communities. 

Beck’s master’s degree is in Addiction Studies from Hazelden. Beck received an Excellence in Writing Award from Hazelden graduate program; the paper focused on training addiction counselors to give better treatment to LGBTQ clients. 

Beck has facilitated trainings and given lectures around the country at conferences, to prisons, to schools, to treatment centers and everywhere in between focusing on LGBTQ communities and addiction. Beck is very passionate about the Transgender community and the effects of addiction, trauma and stigma within the Trans populations. 

Beck continues to train clinicians and facility staff on LGBTQ issues, help facilities establish LGBT inclusive policies, and provide program development for facilities that want to expand their services to LGBTQ populations. 

Beck is currently the Northeast Professional Outreach Representative for The Refuge, A Healing Place in Florida.
2015 in Review: The Transgender Community
Thanks to an increase in mainstream media attention, 2015 has been an eventful year for the transgender community. 

Many in the community hope that this can be the start of much-needed, increased safety but also recognize that the stigma of being transgender is far from removed in society. 

Beck Gee-Cohen discusses why 2015 was such a landmark year for the transgender community, the issues and struggles the community still faces, why transgender people are at a higher risk for drug and alcohol addiction, and what you can do to help create safer spaces for transgender people.