Activism

FREE2BE

In 2002, Jack started “Free2Be” in Charleston, SC.  The organization’s aim was to fight violence and hate crime through education and awareness.  During that time, he partnered with existing LGBT organizations to bring awareness to the social and political injustices that the community was facing in the state.

Within just 3 short months, Jack was able to attract over 140 members in 3 different locations, statewide. The group worked relentlessly to fight against anti-LGBT legislation in the house including the outdated sodomy laws.

His efforts were rewarded with recognition from the Southern Poverty Law Center & Rosa Parks.  His deadname was then added to the “Wall of Tolerance” as a recognized leader in the new age of civil rights.

 

Trans Empowerment Project


In late 2016, Jack once again felt compelled to get involved in educating others on the social and political injustices that were happening around him. This time for the Trans community.

Jack rounded up a small group of friends for help and put together what would be the organization’s first event.  It was a clothing swap.  At the end of which, the group was able to donate a pick-up truck’s worth of clothing to help with disabled veterans in Knoxville.

Within a year, the group was thriving more than ever and were able to secure their status as a 501(c)(3) as recognized by the IRS.

The organization started out with a focus to improve the amount and quality of resources that were available for the Trans community, in Knoxville, with a long-term goal of becoming a national resource.

In June of 2017, Jack launched a project within the organization to help with homeless Trans youth and young adults in response to a foster situation, involving the care of a 17yr old Trans boy, which was mishandled. The program is called inTRANSition, and has been the driving force behind the rapid growth of Trans Empowerment Project .  By March of 2018, Jack was able to forge partnerships with organizations such as Trans Life Line, Covenant House, & Addiction Campuses, all of which helped catapult TEP to become a national resource.

Planned Parenthood


 

In 2012, Jack moved to Knoxville, TN to begin a new life as his authentic self. Unexpectedly, he found himself nestled in Knoxville, TN. While he was able to find acceptance amongst his new friends, he found it near impossible to find any actual resources to help further his transition.

He even lost his job once he started transitioning.

With no insurance, and what seemed to be an endless sea of closed doors, Jack stumbled onto the website for a nearby Planned Parenthood that was offering trans care to anyone in the South East.The bond was made and Jack began his quest to help others learn about the kindness and care that he had received.  

Jack currently volunteers to advocate on behalf of Planned Parenthood and the Trans Community at events all over.  

Jack will be speaking in DC, April 24th & 25th of 2018.

 

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