About Us

We are a non-governmental organization working to advance the health, welfare, and well-being of the transgender community in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Founded in 2015, TransWave Jamaica started as an advocacy initiative in the form of a blog. The idea was formulated by our co-founders Akilah White and Neish McLean during a workshop hosted by WE-Change Jamaica and partners.

Since our inception, we have executed several critical visibility campaigns; raising awareness of the lived realities of transgender and gender non-conforming people. We have also established several key ongoing initiatives: our monthly support group meetings, and TransActive – our fitness and social outreach.

Our advocacy efforts are centered on key areas which promote the inclusion and protection of the transgender and gender non-conforming community. These include legal gender recognition, equitable access to non-discriminatory health care, education, housing and employment.

Our Vision

A Jamaica where transgender and gender non-conforming persons are included, affirmed and enjoy all of the universally recognized human rights.

Our Mission

At TransWave, our mission is to promote change which results in the social inclusivity, recognition of rights, and legal protection of the transgender and gender non-conforming community.

What we do

TransWave Jamaica is dedicated to improving the well-being of the Jamaican transgender and gender non-coforming community. We organize events to foster the spirit of community amongst our members, and provide safe spaces for transgender, gender non-conforming, and allied individuals. We also execute various social media campaigns aimed at increasing awareness of the lived realities of our communities. In addition, we conduct capacity building and training sessions for key stakeholders, and advocate at various levels for the advancement of transgender rights.

You can support us today !

There is crucial work to be done in advancing the rights of the Jamaican transgender and gender non-conforming community. We are working towards ensuring that the rights of every member of the community are respected and protected. Every donation assists us in continuing fulfilling this mandate, and making Jamaica a safer place for us to not just live, but thrive.