The New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) started as late-night conversations and meetings between activists and peers involved in the work for transgender rights. Many of whom had been organizing before the “trans” label or identity had become a term. The small founding group was comprised of transgender women of color who met through the programming offered at Housing works. In these meetings, the group imagined what it would be like to not to just attend other organizations’ groups, but to create their own collective organization that embodied and was led by lived experiences of trans women of color.