Raina Chessman, a transgender woman from Palm Springs, California, was savagely murdered in 1999. Her perpetrator of this heinous crime has never been caught, bringing to light the ongoing issues facing the transgender community.
Many existing resources and charitable organizations do not actively recognize, nor fully support, the unique needs of transgender, gender non-conforming and Iintersex (TGI) individuals. In particular, TGI and questioning persons have a more difficult time obtaining access to resources that would otherwise help them become functional members of society. These gaps in supportive resources leave these individuals at higher risk for violent crimes, persecution, criminal activities, HIV, and discrimination as they attempt to navigate systems not designed to assimilate their unique and special needs to survive.
The Raina Chessman Committee is an active sub-committee functioning under the guidance and purpose of the Transgender Health and Wellness Center (TH&WC) Board of Directors. This fund is dedicated to resource provision in support of transgender individuals that are clients of TH&WC and its services. This fund was established as a charitable fund in honor of Raina Chessman. It was designed to help support TGI persons facing various live crises, which would otherwise result in potentially cause tragic outcomes due the lack of inclusion of TGI people, and who are actively working to improve their lives in a positive and constructive way.
THAWC is uniquely positioned to align community resources and assist with community assimilation for transgender persons, who are suffering from barriers to societal confirmation. TGI persons needing assistance are encouraged to reach out to TH&WC for more information and apply on-line for support.
The Committee that governs this fund has been capped at $500 per approved applicant.
THE RAINA CHESSMAN FUND COMMITTEE