Acceptance Through Change

The Living With Change Foundation is 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting transgender youth and their families by providing education, resources, and financial assistance while fostering confidence and acceptance through change.

In addition to these transgender youth services, Founders Chris and Jessica Cicchinelli hope to lead the charge toward a change in perspective and awareness to make our communities a safer, more inclusive place for transgender children. To accomplish this, the Living With Change Foundation will partner with schools to help ensure transgender youth are welcomed and accepted while working with politicians to change existing policies, prevent discriminatory ones, and promote initiatives that help transgender youth get an equal start in life.

Visit our Action page for more details on the plans the LCF is dedicated to bringing about.

Our Inspiration

While the foundation takes its name from the process transgender youth families go through when their child comes out as trans—learning to adapt to a new normal and accept your child for who they are—the Living With Change Foundation really found its beginnings with its namesake, LC Cicchinelli.

Chris and Jessica Cicchinelli


Chris and Jessica Cicchinelli realized how necessary it was to start the Living With Change Foundation after experiencing first-hand the uncertainty and adversity many parents of transgender children face. While seeking care and treatment for oldest daughter LC, the Cincinnati couple recognized many families didn’t have that same luxury—going without puberty delaying treatments and even being placed on wait lists hundreds of patients long. Chris and Jessica hope the foundation will act as a stop gap for those families with transgender children in need of financial assistance, transgender programs, and more.

Tristan Vaught

Director of Training & Education

Tristan N. Vaught is an activist, educator, and the founding director of the LGBTQ+ Center at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis. Previous to this role, they held positions as the Interim Director and first program coordinator of the LGBTQ Center at the University of Cincinnati. They hold a Master’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from University of Cincinnati with research centered on the effectiveness of LGBTQ+ ally trainings in higher education. They also graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Tristan’s advocacy and education work focuses on intersecting identities and how they impact individuals’ lived experiences.