We need more Trans+ people founding and running businesses
Trans+ people have to adapt to new situations and surroundings based on risk every single day to varying degrees. We’ve fought to be heard and respected in numerous areas of our lives and continue to do so. Other marginalized identities deal with similar issues, and when a trans+ person holds multiple marginalized identities such as being BIPOC and/or feminine, these issues become greater.
Despite these challenges, we are here. Because of these challenges, we are strong, resilient, and calculated. All traits of a successful business owner.
Even with these traits, why aren’t we seeing more trans-owned businesses? Well, the resources aren’t provided in the same abundance. BIPOC and LGB people often face similar resource obstacles. We are less likely to have access to generational wealth, more likely to face discrimination on the basis of identity, and less likely to have access to mentorship.
The more visible representation of trans-owned businesses we feature, the more trans+ people that will create more businesses.
I strongly believe that the experiences we go through and self-exploration we do to live authentically in a world where we have to fight for basic human rights has made us some of the fiercest and most resilient people to create and build businesses that matter. A community in creating and sustaining businesses supports business owners and customers to live better lives. And we need more businesses created by and for our communities.