T ransLash Imagines Trans Futures

TransLash Media is a U.S-based and globally recognized, Black trans-led nonprofit news organization and digital community made up of trusted journalists, conversation starters, documentarians, artists, and technologists. We are committed to supporting TGNC (trans and gender nonconforming) people through our content and collaborations. We do so without censorship and erasure from mainstream media by remaining fiercely independent.

As story architects, gender outlaws, cultural stewards, and futurists, we create and curate experiences to advance trans narratives, histories, healing, and –– most importantly -– the human rights of trans people. Despite the withering attacks of the #AntiTransHateMachine, alongside record-breaking, anti-trans violence, trans people are thriving and becoming more of ourselves with each passing day.

Since TransLash Media’s launch in 2018, we have partnered with organizations such as PBS, WNYC, Samsung, Futuro Media, the National Education Association, the National LGBTQ Task Force, Transgender Law Center, The New York Women’s Foundation, Pride Live, Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, Women’s March, and more to create and share uplifting trans stories of creativity, courage, healing, and innovation.

Using the power of  journalism and personal narrative, Team TransLash creates, curates, and presents  trans-affirming content, resources, and events in collaboration with our partners, as well as  with trans individuals and allies. Dig into our GLAAD and NLGJA-award winning podcast series, critically lauded short films, influential newsletter and News & Narrative platform, high-engagement social media content, trans-affirming resource guides, the TransLash Zine series in collaboration with POC Zine Project, and other exciting initiatives in development.


TransLash Media tells trans stories to save trans lives. One out of three Americans  say they personally know someone who is transgender, according to a Morning Consult and Trevor Project survey

We believe that this lack of knowledge about trans people is what is exploited by those who wish the trans community harm, and it fuels violence in all of its forms (including cultural, policy, political and physical) against trans individuals; particularly those who are a Black and brown. Moreover, they are a key driver in the over 500 U.S. anti-trans bills that have been pushed in the first part of 2023 alone. 

For these reasons TransLash Media—an intersectional news organization and community platform—leverages the power of journalism and personal narratives to address the ignorance at the heart of trans erasure. We believe that the stories that we tell are an antidote to the harm being done.

Our goal is to shift the cultural understanding of what it means to be transgender and gender nonconforming, and help end anti-trans hate and ignorance; not only by centering what’s wrong, but by emphasizing Trans Joy. 

TransLash Media is committed to creating a healthy society for trans, two-spirit, intersex, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people. We are an integral part of the media infrastructure combating the growing American authoritarian movement, which centers anti-trans ideology in order to achieve its fundamentally anti-democratic political ends.  

Through our collaborations with our TGNC partners and allies, we will help manifest a world in which all forms of gender expression have equal rights, protections, opportunities, and safety to live openly. 

We value unapologetic and trans-affirming self-expression through art, music, dance, the written word, and technology, because we know that sharing our stories saves lives. 


It all began through the power of personal narrative: TransLash Media founder & CEO Imara Jones (she/her)––a Black trans journalist, political commentator, style icon, and authority on LGBTQ+ policy worldwide––released the first episode of TRANSLASH in 2018, a three-part docuseries, bravely sharing her transition story on Facebook and YouTube. 

While this first TRANSLASH series delved into Imara’s own personal experience as a Black trans woman in corporate America coming out as trans, it also put a broader lens on what it’s like to be trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) at a time of unprecedented anti-trans violence and erasure in the United States. 

In 2019, in collaboration with digital strategist Daniela “Dani” Capistrano (they/them), Imara created the TransLash Media platform to release Episodes 2 and 3 of the initial TRANSLASH series, along with launching the first iteration of translash.org, @translashmedia social channels, and the organization’s first partnerships. 

While creating TransLash Media, Imara Jones represented her fledgling project as moderator of #BeyondBinaries: the first ever high-level meeting on gender diversity and non-binary identities held at United Nations headquarters in New York, NY, on July 15, 2019. Watch the replay here.

A newly formed Team TransLash debuted the first in a series of virtual events through our #LivesAtStake campaign in October 2019, taking on critical issues facing TGNC communities across the United States. 

In addition to the virtual monthly series, Team TransLash produced multiple public events and community resources in our first year as a new organization, including a partnership with Samsung for Trans Day of Remembrance, a collaboration with the National Education Association to develop curriculum for schools grounded in TransLash content, cultivated a growing and engaged community feedback loop on social media, and launched our influential newsletter.

The third in the TRANSLASH series, “Family Matters,”—the subject of a 2019 feature in The Guardian—takes a deep dive into the topic of family; exploring the essential role of birth families in shaping trans people, either positively or negatively, and the crucial role played by chosen families as either a backstop, or enhancement, of these initial experiences. 

“Family Matters” also dives into the reality that chosen family in queer and trans communities is the basis of activism for most LGBTQ+ people, and therefore plays a central role in advancing social justice.  

In December 2019, in partnership with @POCZineProject founder Daniela “Dani” Capistrano, TransLash Media developed and released the first edition of TransLash Zine, and we’re tracking to release the 7th edition by Summer 2023. This Gen Alpha and Gen Z-focused vertical has created new ways for younger audiences to discover TransLash Media resources and community.

After such an impactful first year as a Black trans-led organization, we were just getting started. Responding to the needs of our community at the start of the pandemic, in Spring 2020 we launched the first iteration of our COVID-19 Resources Directory

Despite pandemic challenges, on June 24, 2020, TransLash Media released “The Future of Trans”, a short documentary which imagines the road ahead for trans people, with leading trans voices from all walks of life. This second TransLash Media-produced short was featured in Teen Vogue, and the overwhelmingly positive reaction from our diverse TGNC communities and allies was the impetus for launching the third iteration of translash.org that year, to add more robust and evolving content offerings and community features, including TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones.

This first podcast series from TransLash Media debuted in August of 2020, with host Imara Jones examining news and culture from a trans perspective. Critical guests have included Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve in a Cabinet position; Sarah McBride, the first  trans person elected to a state Senate in US history; Ian Alexander, the first trans character in the history of the Star Trek franchise; TS Madison, the first trans person to star in and Executive Produce her own reality series, Tourmaline, the first trans person to have their art added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art,  Leyna Bloom, the first trans woman of color to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and legendary journalist Maria Hinojosa. 

As the needs of our first podcast grew, so did Team TransLash, and our work together resulted in TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones making Spotify’s 2020 Wrapped list and being nominated for a WEBBY AWARD.

Also in 2020, TransLash Media evolved the #LivesAtStake campaign through partnering with WNYC’s The Green Space to expand the reach of our monthly virtual events. “Lives At Stake” was relaunched as part of Imara’s tenure as the first Journalist-in-Residence at The Greene Space. Important topics covered during the hour-long programs as part of the year-long partnership included the impact of COVID-19 on trans communities, the explosion of trans people running for office across the United States, an exploration in why trans communities support sex decriminalization, and importance of trans entrepreneurship for the economic of vitality of TGNC people.

Among “Lives At Stake” guests were actor Indya Moore; artist ALOK; Aimee Allison, Founder and President of She The People; and Aria Said, Founder and Executive Director of the Transgender District. Watch our #LivesAtStake 2020 highlight reel here.

In 2021 TransLash received its 501c3 status, moving TransLash Media from a fiscally sponsored project to a nonprofit journalism and media organization. On June 21 we celebrated our growing capacity by launching Season 1 of Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality, a new limited-series investigative podcast focused on the plight of trans people facing the anti-trans, legislative onslaught nationwide.

Since it dropped, the #AntiTransHateMachine podcast and campaign is leveraged by activists, journalists, and legislators to understand the drivers of anti-trans legislation across the country.   

Our work on this groundbreaking series led Politico to name our founder and CEO Imara Jones as one of the 40 most important people in the country at the intersection of race, public policy and politics. Additionally the series has been featured in Bloomberg, Politico, CNN, Newsweek, NPR’s The Takeaway, and MSNBC. The regular TransLash Podcast continued as well with groundbreaking guests and topics.

In June 2021 TransLash collaborated with Transgender Law Center to release TransLash Zine Vol. 3: Pride Month Edition. Grounded in TLC’s Trans Agenda for Liberation, we focused on trans fashion, poetry, photography, and more through a liberatory lens. 

In November 2021, leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), TransLash launched the fourth edition in our zine series. While 2021 became one of the deadliest years for transgender people ever, we know that trans people continue to look for inspiration. “Migration Stories” celebrates the journeys that trans people have taken across borders, state lines, and within themselves to both survive and thrive. 2021 was full of discovery and capacity-building for Team TransLash; watch our year-end highlight reel here.

In 2022 TransLash Media launched Trans Bodies, Trans Choices as part of translash.org 4.0, a month-long film series and storytelling initiative centering the importance of reproductive justice for transgender, non-binary, and gender-non conforming people. TGNC people use their voices to reveal the personal stake that this community has in critical conversations about abortion, access to fertility and other reproductive services, as well as the full range of issues surrounding body autonomy.

#TransBodiesTransChoices, now an evergreen campaign in light of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, seeks to end the invisibility of trans people when it comes to choice through the power of personal narrative. 

In March of 2022 three short films premiered on translash.org and @translashmedia social channels that highlight the journey of TGNC people as they navigate intensely personal issues around body autonomy, reproductive justice, and abortion. The release of each film was followed by weekly activations online, including across TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones, Instagram Live, and Twitter Spaces conversations; addressing a range of topics including healthcare access for pregnant trans men and those who are non-binary.

The campaign culminated in a Trans Bodies, Trans Choices virtual town hall co-hosted by the National LGBTQ Task Force on March 23, 2022. TransLash Media also partnered with the Women’s March and the National Birth Equity Collaborative among others for the #TransBodiesTransChoices campaign. Additionally, with respect to the press, Trans Bodies, Trans Choices was featured in Teen Vogue and LGBTQ Nation.

The Trans Choices, Trans Bodies films have been screened in over 14 film festivals in the United States and worldwide, including with a full program at OutFest in 2022, with one film festival win. 

In the midst of the #TransBodiesTransChoices campaign, TransLash Media collaborated with Gabrielle Lawrence (they/them), a Black trans narrative strategist and managing editor, to launch News & Narrative in Spring 2022. This new journalism and personal essay platform is where you can find stories by transgender and gender non-conforming people that get to the heart of what what’s happening in our community⁠—and the world around us. Topics include trans health, mass incarceration, healing from sexual abuse and domestic violence, artistic impression, and neurodivergence, among others. 

Meanwhile, throughout 2022, Team TransLash produced twenty-four episodes of our critically-acclaimed, flagship podcast TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones, interviewing groundbreaking women and non-binary guests including the artist Janelle Monae; Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine; and L. Morgan Lee,  the first trans person to be nominated for a Tony.  

The result of our commitment to authentic trans–affirming storytelling was that TransLash Podcast was chosen by Apple in August 2022 as an Apple Podcasts Spotlight, making TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones one of only twelve podcasts to receive this honor from the podcasting juggernaut that year. Listen to the TransLash Podcast 2022 rewind episode here.

But our flagship podcast wasn’t the only series that received accolades; on September 10, 2022, some of Team TransLash flew to Chicago to receive the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ JournalistsExcellence in Podcasting Award for The Anti Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality. Watch Imara’s acceptance speech here.

On November 2, 2022, we released TransLash Zine Vol. 5: Trans Bodies, Trans Choices, a companion zine that connected Gen Alpha and Gen Z to our #TransBodiesTransChoices campaign through art, writing, and photography.

TransLash Media closed out 2022 by hitting two significant social engagement milestones: despite dealing with more shadowbanning and anti-trans algorithm censorship than ever before, our total audience still increased by 26% compared to 2021 and YouTube subscribers increased by 51.5%. Our top three discovery hashtags for 2022 were #transgenderism, #transhealth, and #intersectionality.

O UR Influence

After five years of creating for––and collaborating with––diverse TGNC communities worldwide, TransLash Media has cultivated a reputation as a trusted, independent source of trans-affirming news, resources, and inspiration. 

While we remain a United States-based nonprofit news and media organization, our cultural production and investigative journalism has been cited and quoted by journalists, researchers, activists, and thought leaders of all genders around the globe.

Here’s some of what our peers are saying:

“TransLash Media thoughtfully approaches stories about trans people through the lens of journalism and personal narrative.” – NPR

“[About] the conservative campaign against transgender rights, Imara knows a lot about this, so thank you for being with us, my friend.” – Ali Velshi on MSNBC 

“TransLash Media educates folks about the trans community and ultimately saves many disenfranchised lives through the innate power of storytelling.” – EBONY

“[Some of my favorite podcasts include] TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones.” – ALOK

And we’re just getting started.

Never resting on our laurels, Team TransLash kicked off 2023 by continuing to expand our podcast, film, and digital/social teams in preparation for several new initiatives, including Season 2 of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine, with episodes 1-3 dropping in March (episode 4 drops on June 27). 

In April of 2023 Team TransLash celebrated the 200th edition of TransLash Newsletter with a fun, sex-positive giveaway. Simultaneously, more seeds that we planted were bearing extraordinary fruit: in the same month, Imara was named a Time100 honoree, and on April 21, we dropped TransLash Zine Vol. 6: Anti-Trans Hate Machine

Shortly after that, Imara Jones attended the GLAAD Media Awards in May 2023 on behalf of Team TransLash to accept the Outstanding Podcast Award for our flagship series. 

As Summer 2023 approaches, Team TransLash is gearing up to host two in-person and hybrid events in NYC and to release TransLash Zine Vol. 7: Artistic Legacies, honoring the Black trans femmes of BTFA Collective. We are also releasing the rest of #AntiTransHateMachine Season 2 this year, along with launching several other exciting initiatives. There’s even more to announce; subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed.


TransLash tells trans stories to save trans lives. As a trusted source for journalists, thought-leaders, movement activists, researchers, and those wanting to know about trans people, we produce narratives about and for the trans community—accurately and reliably. At a time when disinformation about trans people is being used to undermine democracy and human rights, TransLash Media serves as a beacon of hope through the voices that we share with the world.



TransLash tells trans stories to save trans lives. As a trusted source for journalists, thought-leaders, movement activists, researchers, and those wanting to know about trans people, we produce narratives about and for the trans community—accurately and reliably. At a time when disinformation about trans people is being used to undermine democracy and human rights, TransLash Media serves as a beacon of hope through the voices that we share with the world.


Coming Soon

The Glow UP

At TransLash, change is constant. We embrace our own process of collective transformation, and we honor every step of the journey. We’re getting ready to celebrate a pivotal point in our story, and we’re inviting you to be a part of it! 

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We’ve been working behind the scenes to launch a new brand for TransLash—one that honors our roots, reflects our growth, and leaves room for what’s to come. Over the next few months, you’ll notice fresh visuals and content as we bring our “glow up” to life across our digital channels. This summer, we’ll celebrate the culmination of that work: our brand new website! We’re building a new home for the journalism you love and trust, grounded in our deep commitment to the trans community.

We’re stepping into our own transition, and we want to share it with you. Join us!

Be the first to know when we launch the new site!


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