Since 2006, we have led efforts to fight gender oppression and educate communities on concerns specific to trans and/or gender nonconforming individuals. 

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Our Mission

Translate Gender is a collective-based consensus-run nonprofit organization that works to generate community accountability for individuals to self-determine their own genders and gender expressions. We accomplish this through conducting workshops, consultations, mediations and facilitations of discussions in Agencies, ORganizations, schools, universities, at conferences and in the workplace.


The moment we met Shannon, we both instantly knew we had met someone special. Her guidance, wisdom and compassionate heart have helped us through many difficult times.
— L.W. and P.K.

Some of our achievements 

  • Facilitated classes on gender, gender expression and gender oppression at universities such as Harvard, Brandeis, Wellesley and Swarthmore.

  • Organized the Living Genders workshop for students in a Queer Theory course at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

  • Facilitated three workshops at the 18th-annual GLSEN-Boson Conference, themed "Teaching Respect: Embracing Your Voice as a Force for Change."

  • Contributed edits to the Lambda 10 Project's Fraternity and Sorority Transgender Resource Guide.

  • Translate co-founders Sennott and Hadley were interviewed and consulted for the New York Times Magazine article, "When Girls Will Be Boys." 

  • Co-developed a campus needs assessment for Bryn Mawr College to address concerns specific to trans and/or gender non-conforming individuals attending, wanting to attend, or having attended the college. 

  • Translate co-founders Sennott and Hadley co-authored the article, "Translating Gender on Women's College Campuses," which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of The Transgender Tapestry 

  • Facilitated a workshop on gender oppression at the 2009 Civil Liberties & Public Policies (CLPP) Annual Conference.

  • Facilitated groups for many different types of families in need of support and an ear to listen.