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Our 2019 Application Deadline is this Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

Please remember, the application deadline is THIS FRIDAY at 12am EST.  

In 2018, TJFP gave 650,000 dollars to 182 trans-led grassroots groups across the country, and we hope to do it again in 2019!  Please review the eligibility criteria and apply! Share widely and get your application in!

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Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?

  • Are you a group?
  • Are you a grassroots, trans justice group run by and for trans people?
  • Is your group’s total budget less than $250,000?
  • Are you located in the United States or Puerto Rico?
  • Are you centering the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions?
  • Are you meeting the needs of different local communities and using organizing and/or providing services to help bring people together?
  • Do you see your work as part of a bigger picture of trans-led work that seeks dignity and justice for all people?

TJFP does not fund individuals.

You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!

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We have something they don’t…

By now you may have already learned of the most recent attack by the Trump administration on trans people and our communities.

“The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.”, according to the New York Times article featuring a draft memo leaked over the weekend.

For those of us who feel un-nerved and uneasy by this news, your fears come from a very real place and are valid.

For those of us who feel like this isn’t new news at all and are angry and exhausted, your feelings come from a very real place and are valid.

These are difficult messages to receive year after year.

And at the same time, we want to remind you that we have something they don’t. Even with all the resources, power, and commitment to illusions of power, we know what it means to be resilient.  We know what it means to look after one another, to share, fight like hell, hold each other, and we know how to show up in ways they might never even dream of. We know the importance of that as a means to thrive and for survival.

In a statement from the Transgender Law Center, Executive Director Kris Hiyashi writes, “The draft memo the NYT reported on this weekend, a document written by officials at HHS, is transparently a hate-motivated response to these victories. It attempts to rewrite years of progress achieved by advocates under the Obama administration. Here, written out plain, is their attempt to erase our very existence as transgender people. This memo reveals that this administration intends nothing short of our destruction…. To be clear: nothing this administration can do will undermine the scores of federal courts that have recognized our humanity and hundreds of state and local legal protections we’ve already won.”

We are being called to action again and again. Not just some of us, all of us. 
If you can, please support trans led leadership in any way you can. From making a donation to volunteering to uplifting each other or sending a text to the people in your life who are on your mind… there are many ways we can organize and resist with love, justice, and each other at the center.

 

Here are 182 groups funded by TJFP this year alone who are out there, doing this work for us all every day.

To everyone one of you who live and breathe trans justice–however you’re able to, we are so thankful for you.

With gratitude,

 

 

Gabriel Foster, Executive Director

 

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Introducing 2018 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Ezak Perez!

We are so excited to welcome Ezak Amaviska Perez to TJFP’s 2018 grantmaking team!

Ezak was born and raised in and around Los Angeles, CA. They are a Two Spirit, Hopi Native American and Latinx community organizer. They have been leading trainings locally in LA as well as nationally for the past 12+ years. He is currently the Organizational Director of Gender Justice LA (GJLA).  GJLA is a member-based, grassroots social justice organization for and led by gender non-conforming, gender fluid, two spirit, questioning, and trans people of color in LA. He is currently helping to create the first Indigenous Pride LA and was recently honored by the Sons & Brothers Portrait Series for Native American heritage month.  He’s a part of a party collective called THroz, creating pop up fun-draiser parties in LA. Ezak believes that self-care & community care are critical and essential to be able to do this work for the long haul.  He loves spending time in nature and thrifting.

We can’t wait to build with you, Ezak!

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TJFP 2018 Application Deadline Approaching on 2/15!

Please spread the word that our application deadline is this Thursday February 15th, 2018 at 12 Midnight EST!

Now is the time to apply or encourage others!

Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?

  • Are you a group?
  • Are you a grassroots, trans justice group run by and for trans people?
  • Is your group’s total budget less than $250,000?
  • Are you located in the United States or Puerto Rico?
  • Are you centering the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions?
  • Are you meeting the needs of different local communities and using organizing and/or providing services to help bring people together?
  • Do you see your work as part of a bigger picture of trans-led work that seeks dignity and justice for all people?

TJFP does not fund individuals.

You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!

 

 

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Mattee Jim!

We are so excited to announce our final 2017 TJFP fellow, Mattee Jim!

Mattee is of the Zuni People Clan and born for the Towering House People Clan, this is how she identifies herself as a Navajo Person. Mattee currently works as a Supervisor for HIV Prevention Programs for First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, NM. Mattee is also a Board Member for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and A member of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Native LGBTQ. Mattee has been Blessed to have many years of Sobriety and also takes honor in being a Mentor, Advocate, role model, Trainer, Consultant, Leader, and a Strong Native Transgender Woman.

We are so looking forward to spending time and learning from your brilliance!

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TJFP 2017 Application Deadline-Less then 2 weeks to apply! / ¡PFJT Fecha límite de solicitud-Menos de 2 semanas para aplicar!

Please spread the word that our call for applications is less than two weeks away!  Now is the time to apply or encourage others!

Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?

  • Are you a group?
  • Are you a grassroots, trans justice group run by and for trans people?
  • Is your group’s total budget less than $250,000?
  • Are you located in the United States or Puerto Rico?
  • Are you centering the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions?
  • Are you meeting the needs of different local communities and using organizing and/or providing services to help bring people together?
  • Do you see your work as part of a bigger picture of trans-led work that seeks dignity and justice for all people?

You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!

Click here to apply in English

¿Es elegible tu grupo para una beca PFJT?

  • ¿Eres grupo?
  • ¿Es grupo comunitario de justicia trans dirigido por y para personas trans?
  • ¿Es menos de $250,000 el presupuesto total de tu grupo?
  • ¿Está ubicado en los Estados Unidos o en Puerto Rico?
  • ¿Centran ustedes el liderazgo de personas trans organizando alrededor de sus experiencias con racismo, injusticia económica, trans-misoginia, capacitismo, inmigración, encarcelamiento, y otras opresiones que se cruzan?
  • ¿Satisfacen las necesidades de comunidades locales diferentes y usan la organización y/o proveer servicios para ayudar a unirse personas?
  • ¿Consideran su trabajo como una parte de una panorama general de trabajo dirigido por las personas trans que busca dignidad y justicia para todas personas?

¡No necesitas estatus sin ánimo de lucro 501c3, ni necesitas patrocinio fiscal tampoco para solicitar!

Haga clic aquí para aplicar en Español

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TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky tour: Alabama

After spending an amazing five days in Tennessee and Mississippi, we drove East to Alabama and our first stop was the historic Selma. We could feel the momentous energy of the city the minute we arrived. The first thing we did was pick up our camera’s and walk over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. This bridge was the site of Bloody Sunday where an estimated 500 – 600 civil rights marchers were brutally attacked by state troopers as they headed from Selma to Montgomery in support of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign in 1965.

Later that day, we met with activist Quentin Bell, local Selman and founder of The Knights and Orchids Society (TKO). We sat outside along the Alabama River, at sunset and listened to Quentin talk about how the history of his hometown inspires him everyday to fight for trans justice in Selma.

That night we drove back to Birmingham, full of life and firmly committed to justice and liberation for our trans community. It was only heightened when we spoke to Daroneshia Duncan, founder of TAKE (Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering), an organization that provides supportive services to transgender people in Alabama. Our conversations with Daroneshia came on the heels of two recent attacks on trans women of color in Alabama–Jazz Alford, who was shot and killed and another, a member of TAKE, who was shot and is currently still in the hospital.

As we left the city of Birmingham we watched the landscape once again transition back into windy country roads, lined with thick beautiful forests. The words and experiences of Quentin, Daroneshia, and other Alabamans we spoke to, stay with us.

Our ancestors who crossed that bridge in Selma were met by state police and beaten, and those Civil Rights protesters continued to fight even after “Bloody Sunday”.  Many of the lessons of the past are also our blueprint for our future and we cannot afford to lose our history or each other.  Thank you to everyone we spoke with in Alabama and for being exactly who you are, where you are.

Stay tuned as we our share highlights from our next stop, Little Rock Arkansas!

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Community Safety Tips for Pride, Community Centers, Parties and Events

trans-march-copy-620x620“The massacre in Orlando was a dramatic punctuation of what is now a clear backlash to progressive advances.. From increased and persistent violence against LGBTQ people, especially Trans and Gender Non Conforming people of color; religious liberty campaigns, the anti trans bills and the vitriol stirred up during this Presidential election – it is critical we take action as a community to take care, defend and protect ourselves..

We cannot allow this backlash that seeks to send us into the shadows.”

Dear TJFP friends and family,

In the midst of the onslaught of overwhelming violence against people of color, it’s important to be aware of resources and tools that we have to increase safety within our communities. Here are some great safety tips (in English and Spanish) to make note of. Please read and share, Community Safety Tips for Pride, Community Centers, Parties and Events written by Tasha Amezcua (The Audre Lorde Project), Ejeris Dixon (Vision Change Win Consulting),  Marisa Franco (Mijente), Elliot Fukui (Transgender Law Center).

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Saftey in the Wake of Orlando-Community, Not Police

trans-march-copy-620x620“Transgender, gender nonconforming, and LGB Latinx communities and communities of color have always protected each other — and the stories from Orlando will tell you the same. In this moment of increased policing and militarization of our community spaces, we continue to build community and develop ways to extend our conversations about the many real threats we face in our homes and community spaces.”

Dear TJFP family and community,

For those of us who are struggling with holding the complexities of grief, pain, and fear with a desire to stay close during such devestatingly violent times, here is a wonderfully smart article (in English and Spanish) offering thoughts and resources for community safety.  Please read and share, Safety in the wake of Orlando — community, not police written by Collette Carter in coordination with the ACLU, The Audre Lorde Project, The New York City Anti-Violence Project, Mijente, Southerners On New Ground, National Lawyers Guild, Vision Change Win, BYP100, and Transgender Law Center.

 

 

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Just $2,800 away from our goal! Can you get us there?

Thanks to so many of you we are now just $2,800 away from meeting fundraising goal of $25,ooo!

Tomorrow our community funding panel will arrive in New York to meet to give money away.  If we meet our goal by midnight tonight, the funding panel will be able to give away $200,000 to grass roots, trans-led, trans justice groups across the country.  So this is your last change to give to this year’s fundraising campaign.

It’s a powerful feeling to redistribute money and fund such import work so let’s raise $$$ we’ve never seen before!

There’s no such thing as a donation too small because every $1 matters.

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