Trans Youth Leadership Summit 2018 Nomination Form
Use this form to nominate someone for Trans Youth Leadership Summit 2018. Please review TYLS programming at before completing this questionnaire. This application is due Saturday, 4/7/2018 at 11:59 PM CST. If you are a trans youth in the U.S. and would like to apply for yourself, you can access our main application at
Trans Youth Leadership Summit (TYLS) is a collaborative fellowship program providing young transgender people the opportunity to work toward liberation through collective organizing for solidarity, advocacy, and empowerment. TYLS fosters the skills of dozens of emerging trans leaders and puts them at the forefront of critical issues transgender people face. We are bringing together revolutionary young trans leaders to heal from transphobic violence, build communities, learn how to enact restorative justice, and create direct action. TYLS looks toward root causes rather than simply covering up the effects of anti-transgender violence.

There are currently no other national programs centering the leadership of young transgender people. Recognizing this, we will provide participants with funding for future conferences and events after the summit and connect with them through check-ins to further foster activism in their communities. TYLS is NOT just a summit, it is an ongoing relationship between trans community members. We will additionally provide all participants with an all-expense paid trip to Austin, TX for our annual summit so we can work together in person. If you're curious about what happened at the last summit, you can look at our schedule from last year ( and photos ( This year, we expect our schedule to not run as late and include a fundraising dinner where participants will get to meet community members.

If you have questions that are not answered on our web site or this application, please email our summit coordinator, Ezra Morales at

Eligibility requirements:

1. The person you are nominating is trans, two spirit, Hijra, genderqueer, or nonbinary (please contact us if you feel your identity should be included on this list)
2. The person you are nominating is located in the United States
3. The person you are nominating is available to go to our Summit on July 26th-29th, 2018
4. The person you are nominating is a youth (under the age of 26)

We will contact your nominee by April 14th, 2018. If your nominee is selected as a finalist, we will email them with further questions or speak with them on Google Hangout, Skype, or phone for a final interview. If they are Deaf of hard of hearing, we are happy to do a finalist interview completely over email as well.

To be transparent in our selection process, we are evaluating the application based on the following criteria:

1. Positionality: identities and how they influence their activism - 30%
2. Past activism and practices: commitment to solidarity, your dedication to transformative, grassroots, and systemic change, and the communities/groups/organizations they're involved with - 30%
3. Need: Are they an activist who has been denied opportunities to create widespread action due to intersecting identities such as race, location, or age? We want to give them this opportunity! - 30%
4. Geography: We prioritize people in the "Deep South" (the summit's location) and locations with historically elevated rates of violence against marginalized communities such as Southern and rural communities (don't worry if you're from a different area, this only accounts for 10% of our evaluation) - 10%

We prioritize people of color (particularly Black & Brown folks), immigrants, houseless people, disabled people, younger people, womxn, rural people, and other intersectionally marginalized trans youth when making selections in the radical transgender tradition of "ground up" activism.

Selections are collectively made by TSER members and TYLS fellows. We wish we were able to select everyone who applied and have an open event but unfortunately we have to work closely with youth and our capacity is limited by our size.

NOTE: This form will not autosave. You may want to write down your long answers on a text editor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

Your Full (Preferred) Name *
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Your Email *
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Nominee's Full (Preferred) Name *
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Nominee's Pronouns *
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Nominee's Email *
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Nominee's Phone Number
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What is your nominee's date of birth? They must be under 26 to apply. *
Nominee's Race *
Nominee's Gender(s) *
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Enter nominee's current city and state (separate with semicolons if multiple) *
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Are they an immigrant? Please note this form is confidential.
If they go to school, college, or university, please enter its name here.
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How have your nominee's intersecting identities and experiences influenced their activism? Minimum: 250 words/Maximum: 500 words *
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What do you hope your nominee will gain from and contribute to TYLS? Minimum: 150 words/Maximum: 500 words *
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What experiences do they have as a trans activist? Note that we consider activism to include methods of survival, art, and building community to be activism as well. Minimum: 150 words/Maximum: 500 words *
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Optional: Send us a link to a 2-5 minute video talking about your nominee's experiences as a trans person. This can just be taken on your cell phone, you do not have to edit the video. Excluding a video will not hurt the nomination.
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Do you have any additional questions or comments? Links of work you would like to include? 500 words maximum
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