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!
A huge welcome to Keiva Lei Cadena!
Keiva Lei is a Native Hawaiian Transgender Woman. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has called Honolulu, Hawaii home for the last 20 years. She works as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Life Foundation in Honolulu, where she plans and facilitates programs, retreats, events, and groups, designed to empower, educate, support, and cultivate leadership and advocacy amongst the HIV+ community across the state of Hawaii. She has been living with HIV since August of 2014. Keiva works tirelessly across the country focusing on the decriminalization of HIV, eliminating stigma amongst and against the HIV+ community and rejecting the marginalization of human rights for the Trans community, especially Trans Women of Color. She sits on the Positively Trans National Advisory Board and is a 2017 graduate of NMAC’s Building Leader of Color – BLOC Program. At home, along with her partner Kevin, Keiva cares for her 16 year old daughter Maddisen and her 1 year old granddaughter Makayla. She is strongly connected to her Native Hawaiian heritage and is an award winning Hula dancer since the age of three.
We are so excited and grateful for your energy and wisdom!
We are beyond honored to welcome Everette Thompson to this years community-led grantmaking panel.
Everette has over 20 years of experience in community organizing, organizational development, and movement building. He’s a Southerner by birth and choice, and has dedicated his career to strengthening organizational infrastructure in the South. Currently he serves as an Organizer with the Interfaith Organizing Initiative–an initiative that focuses on building strategic denominational support for congregation-based organizing on a national, state and regional level. Everette has a wide array of experiences serving different types and forms of organizations. Justice is his ministry and creating a welcoming table for everyone to dine in their divine ways is his call. Everette lives in East Point, GA with his greatest joy, Elijah, his sun and his much smarter wife Evelyn.
Looking forward to your brilliance!
Thank you Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez for saying “Yes!” to joining TJFP’s 2018 grantmaking team!
Isabel was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Miami with their family at the age of 6. They began community organizing against deportations and for immigration reform in 2007 and have since become the Membership and Organizing Director and the Florida Immigrant Coalition. Isabel has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of South Florida and as a graduate student at the City University of New York, they published academic articles detailing the effects of legal status and marginalization on undocumented mothers and on immigrant adolescents in the transition to adulthood. From 2015 through 2016, they were the state coordinator of New York’s Mexican Initiative on Deferred Action. They also serve on the Board of Unite for a Fair Economy.
We are so excited to be able to share space and learn from you Isabel!
TJFP’s role is to support grassroots trans leadership across the country. If you wanna learn more about what trans leadership can look like, we invite to you to check out the video we made as part of TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky tour that highlights the work our previous grantee, The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) .
TTPC educates and advocates on behalf of transgender related legislation at the Federal, State, and local levels. In this video, you’ll hear from Marisa Richmond, a founding member of TTPC, about what she see’s her role is in this social justice movement, and learn more about the work TTPC does and how this group was formed! You can also find them online here!
TTPC is just one of the nearly 300 grassroots trans-led groups that TJFP has funded over the past 5 years. Help TJFP continue to support trans justice by making a donation. Our goal is to raise $50k by 5/15–together we can make this happen!
TJFP is so excited to introduce the first of our six grantmaking fellows, Bré Anne Campbell!
Bré is a black woman of trans experience from Detroit, Michigan. She is the co-director of Trans Sistas of Color Project- Detroit, the first trans lead organization in Michigan dedicated to uplifting and impacting the lives of trans women of color living in the state. Bré is also very active in national HIV work, serving on the board of the Positive Women’s Network-USA and onto national advisory board of Positively Trans. She can be seen in the upcoming web series The Femme Queen Chronicles, a series written and produced by black trans women.
Looking forward to your brilliance!
Congratulations to 2017 TJFP Grantmaking Fellow, Quentin Bell and previous grantee, The Knights of the Orchid Society on the recent opening of the Black Sheep Relief Center!
“As a native of Selma, Bell felt that his connection with his hometown was what called him to open the relief center.
“I felt like I had a responsibility to Selma to come back and do the work here,” he said. “This center is important because this is the only place that is a safe space where LGBTQ folks can come to be educated. They can come here and have a sense of belonging with people who understand personally what they are going through.”
Another example of the importance of supporting grassroots, trans justice organizing in places and communities like Selma.
View the full article here!
So excited to announce our sixth and final 2016 TJFP panelist, Luce Lincoln.
Luce Capco Lincoln is a trans, non-binary, queer Filipino filmmaker, media educator and organizer committed to using media to fight for social justice. Originally from Gainesville, FL, currently living in Brooklyn, Luce works as Program Director at Global Action Project, where media is used as tool to build leadership, relationships and political power for Trans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Immigrant youth of color in New York City. In addition, over the last decade he has taken hours and hours of video footage of meetings, rallies and actions in attempt to document radical Queer movement history supporting organizations such as Southerners On New Ground and Audre Lorde Project. In his spare time, Luce likes to make documentaries, experience art and dance with friends.
Looking forward to this weekend!
Nina Chaubal and Greta Gustava Martela, Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline‘s call volume has “nearly doubled” since NC Governor Pat McCrory signed HB 2, which denies trans folks access to public bathrooms based on birth certificate gender markers, according to a recent article in The Daily Beast.
2015 TJFP Grantee, Trans Lifeline
, runs a crisis hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. They have volunteers that readily respond to whatever support needs the trans community may need. According to their data, once HB 2 was passed, calls to their hotline increased drastically. “If I had to guess what’s being impacted I think [it’s] probably people’s hope for the future,” Greta Gustava Martela said, citing recent legislative attacks on the trans community.
Read more about how Trans Lifeline is making an impact on the lives of trans and gender non-conforming folks.
Wow Seattle friends and family, you really showed up big time to support last week’s TJFP Happy Hour fundraiser! It was a perfect Saturday evening in the Herb Garden of Cafe Flora to celebrate local trans justice work and raise some money.
Over 40 people gathered to eat, drink, be in community and help TJFP raise over $1,600. The garden was completely filled with great people and a lot of love.
We can’t even begin to tell you how honored we were to host our very first TJFP event in Seattle with each and everyone of you.
A very special thank you to our grantee’s First Rain and Gender Justice League for joining us to share your amazing work, to former TJFP panelists and fabulous guest speakers of the evening, Andrea Jenkins and Bamby Salcedo, our Happy Hour super star volunteers, James, Andrea, Joyful, Becky, Kristen, Melanie and Kyle. And HUGE shout out to TJFP Happy Hour co-host (and original panelist) Kiyomi Fujikawa!
This event wouldn’t have been the same without the incredibly generous donations from Cafe Flora (Thank you Nat and Alison) and stunning photography from, Naomi Ishisaka. If you are local, please consider supporting Cafe Flora, and Naomi. They are wonderful!
And finally, TJFP wouldn’t be able to exist without your donations and words of encouragement. Our deepest gratatitude to our Seattle donors and that have been with us over the last three years and new donors we met last Saturday. We are absolutely creating a new way of funding vital work across the country!
View pictures from TJFP Happy Hour Seattle here.