The transgender community has lost an icon of our Texas history.  Linda Phillips passed on September 19, at the age 80.  Linda, and her wife Cynthia, were pioneers in the transgender movement since the 1980s.  She has a long list of accomplishments, but she is perhaps best remembered for the many, many individuals that she helped in their transgender journeys.
Linda and Cynthia opened their homes to many over the years, she will greatly missed by all.

Celebration of Life for Linda Phillips
Saturday October 15, 2016 – 1PM
Metropolitan Community Church, 611 E. Myrtle,
San Antonio, TX 7821

TENT Message to all:

We are Texans, and we are responding to our state leaders.  When they  make comments that are hurtful and offensive to us as their constituents, we wonder when our Governor, Attorney General, and Lt. Governor will recognize that we are here and are part of Texas, too.  We wonder if we’re not at a point where Texas’s slogan shouldn’t be:

 Minority Hatred in Texas:  We have an App for that (Abbott, Patrick, Paxton).

Our Work

The Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) is an organization dedicated to furthering the gender diverse equity in the State of Texas. We work to accomplish this through education and networking in both public and private forums. Through our efforts we strive to halt discrimination through social, legal, legislative and corporate education.

Transgender Education Network of Texas is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Some of the things we do:

The three tiers of what we do:

  1. Education
  2. Advocacy
  3. Empowerment


Cultural Competence:

Transgender Education Network of Texas offers cultural competency seminars, workshops and presentations for agencies, organizations, businesses, faith organizations, and anyone interested in better serving gender diverse clients through a client centered model. Our cultural competency educators are professional, well trained, and experienced in delivering high quality content to audiences that focuses on the following concepts:

  • Gender as a shared characteristic
  • Gender Enforcement
  • The influence of privilege in regard to gender expression and identity
  • Examination of Intersecting Identities
  • Self Examination of our own gender uniqueness
  • Best practices for working with clients as informed by the work of stellar transgender advocacy/educational organizations.

CEU courses are offered on a request and rolling basis.


Transgender Education Network of Texas offers advisory services in the following:

  • Serving Transgender Students in the Classroom
  • One on One mentorship of trans* persons as they deal with societal hurdles and look for safe space
  • On the job workplace transitions
  • Providing the best quality of health care to clients


Transgender Education Network of Texas reaches out to like minded organizations and individuals to foster awareness of Transgender issues. We help local leaders to create a network of trans folk and allies in their municipalities for support and education. Outreach is absolutely critical to the enhancement of understanding within and without the LGBT community.


Transgender Education Network of Texas works at the State Capitol to promote policies that treat Gender Diverse Texans with Equality. We work with other local organizations to expand Human Rights Ordinances around the State to include language covering Gender Identity and Expression. We also partner with Equality Texas, allgo and other statewide organizations to achieve equality, acceptance and understanding for all LGBT Texans throughout the State.
Legislative Caucus/Lobby Day

Transgender Education Network of Texas works each Texas legislative session to bring together activists and allies from across the state to brainstorm change needed on the state policy level and to visit with elected representatives in educational settings to best position and activate lasting gender equity.



Working with youth organizations throughout the State of Texas, Transgender Education Network of Texas helps younger people gain more self acceptance. Working with schools and colleges, we help administrators and teachers to better deal with those who are struggling with their gender identity as well as their peers.

Real Change happens locally:

Transgender Education Network of Texas seeks to engage and support organizations and individuals “on the ground” around the state to do two main things.

  1. Tell our stories, as individuals
  2. Change hearts and minds through authentic partnership and sharing.

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Board of Directors

Brandon Beck
Bailey Killian
Coastal Region Coordinator
Samantha "Sam" Almeida
Upper North Texas Region Co-Coordinator
Wyatt Almedia
Upper North Texas Region Co-Coordinator
Stephanie Guerra
Capital Region Coordinator
Sandra Dunn
Amarillo, TX
Corey James Benson
Austin/San Antonio, TX
Katrina Dawn Stewart
Central Texas Region Coordinator - College Station, TX
Michelle Stafford

Advisory Board

Lisa Scheps
Austin, Tx
Lauryn Farris
San Antonio, TX
Dr. Oliver Blumer
Paula Buls
Austin, TX
Carmarion D. Anderson
Austin, TX

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