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Announcing TJFP’s 2020 Grantees!

We are pleased to announce that our 2020 grantmaking team moved over ONE MILLION DOLLARS to 261 grassroots trans-led groups around the country!

TJFP is so grateful for this year’s team and for the time, energy, and heart that was poured into every part of this grantmaking process. Each year we feel overwhelmed by the support of our friends and amazing community who helped make this happen– from outreach, volunteering, coordinating food delivery, taking notes, and donating or sharing our fundraiser which helped us reach and exceed our 80k fundraising goal!

Each year our community grantmaking panel reads and reviews every application that is submitted, and together they are tasked with making some very tough funding decisions. The TJFP fellows do this work with heart, experience, and generosity, all while also tending to their own work and lives as trans justice activists and organizers. Each fellow reviews applications using an intersectional lens, paying close attention to where resources are being redistributed geographically, and doing this with no strings attached, truly trusting that TJFP grantees know what’s best for their own communities. 

It’s because of these brilliant community grantmaking Fellows, as well as our amazing TJFP coordinating team and facilitators, that we are able to get this done each year. And we absolutely  wouldn’t be able to move as much money to the hundreds of incredible grassroots trans justice groups without our amazing friends, family, donors, volunteers, applicants, and grantees! 

As always, we are inspired by each and every application that was submitted. Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for honoring the legacy and efforts of our trans justice movements.  Our grantmaking process is always a labor of love rooted in trusting and believing in trans leadership and it is forever an honor to do this with so many of you! 

We encourage you to check out TJFP’s 2020 grantees, share their work, or donate to them directly!

 

Alaska

Choosing Our Roots, Anchorage

 

Alabama

The Knights & Orchids Society, Selma

The TRANShue Project, Faunsdale

Visibly Trans*, Birmingham

 

American Samoa

IMPACT, Pago Pago

 

Arkansas

inTRANSitive, Little Rock

 

Arizona

Chukshon Healing Network, Tucson

Equality Arizona, Phoenix

The Outlaw Project, Phoenix

Peacework Medical, Phoenix

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson

Transcend Arizona, Paradise Valley

 

California

#BlackGirlzRule Coordinating Committee, San Francisco

API Equality – Northern California (APIENC), San Francisco

API TransFusion, Oakland

Beyond Binary Legal, Long Beach

Deaf Queer Resource Center, San Francisco

Dem Bois Inc., San Pablo

Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles

Health Justice Commons, Richmond

Homobiles, SAN LEANDRO

Indigenous Pride LA, Los Angeles

Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project, Fremont

Kween Culture Initiative, Oakland

Los Angeles Spoonie Collective, North Hills

Mirror Memoirs, Los Angeles

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, Oakland

Northstate Trans*/GNC Project, Chico

Peacock Rebellion, Oakland

Quest House Community Healing, Pacifica

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco

Somos Familia Valle, Mission Hills

Trans and Queer Youth for Gender Justice, Oakland

The SisTrahood, La Mesa

T4T Caregiving, Pacifica

Trans and Nonbinary Housing Collective, Sacramento

TRANScend, San Francisco

TRANScending in Nature, Greenfield

Unique Woman’s Coalition, Los Angeles

Welcome, San Francisco

 

Washington DC 

AllowMe,

ARCOIRIS

Black & Indigenous Transgender Safehaus (B.I.T.S.)

Bois Modeling Transformative Justice (BMTJ)

Nelwat Ishkamewe

No Justice No Pride

Pawsitive Palz

Plantita Power

Starseed Earthroot

They them collective

Trans People of Color Coalition

Trans Terps DC

Trans United

Trans Women of Color Collective

 

Florida

Black Masc, Sunrise

Bridging the gap!, Fort Lauderdale

Florida Coalition for Trans Liberation, Tallahassee

The Halfway Point, Tallahassee

LIPS Tampa, Apopka

New Beginnings TLC, Inc., Winter Haven

Orlando Trans Collective, Orlando

QLatinx, Orlando

Rooted Resistance, Tallahassee

Social Film Projects LLC, North Miami Beach

TransInclusive Group, Pembroke Pines

TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami

Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach

Unspoken Treasure Society, Brooker

 

Georgia

COMMUNITY ESTRELLA, Acworth

Community Roots, Decatur

Freedom Overground, Marietta

International Association of Trans Bodybuilders and Powerlifters, IATBP, Atlanta

Q&A, Sandy Springs

Queer Culture[s], Atlanta

Sexual Liberation Collective, Decatur

Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta

TMBLM, Inc., Duluth

Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Atlanta

Trans-Individuals Living Their Truth, Decatur

Trans*Visible, Covington

Trans(forming), East Point

TRANScending Barriers Atlanta, Atlanta

Ubuntu Incorporated, Lithia Springs

 

Hawaii

Anuenue Alliance, Honolulu

HEARTS Maui, Wailuku

Kuaana Project, Honolulu

 

Illinois

Brave Space Alliance, Chicago

Masjid al-Rabia, Chicago

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago

Transilient, Chicago

Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), Chicago

 

Indiana

GenderNexus, Indianapolis

TREES, Inc., South Bend

 

Louisiana

CANScantSTAND, New Orleans

Deep South Wellness Project, New Orleans

Imagine Water Works, New Orleans

LOUD, New Orleans

New Legacy Media Ministries, New Orleans

 

Massachusetts

Black and Pink Boston Chapter, Dorchester

Rebel Cause Inc, Springfield

Sonrisas, Cheshire

Trans Asylum Seekers Support Network and Ministry Alliance, Amherst

 

Maryland

Baltimore Safe Haven, Baltimore

The Maryland Trans Resilience Conference, Baltimore

Sistas of the “t”, Baltimore

Trans Maryland, Gaithersburg

Trans-Latinx DMV, Baltimore

 

Maine

Maine Transgender Network INC., Portland

Portland Outright, Portland

 

Michigan

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, Grand Rapids

Grassroots Activism Direct Emergency-GADES, Ferndale

Native Justice Coalition, Manistee

NUII WAAV BROTHERHOOD, Detroit

Salus Center UCC, Lansing

TGNC Emotional Wellness Providers’ Summit, Detroit

Trans Sistas of Color Project, Highland park

Transcend the Binary, Ferndale

 

Minnesota

20% Theatre Company, Minneapolis

For the Culture, Minneapolis

Open Flame Theatre, Minneapolis

Queer Science, Saint Paul

shOUT: Minnesota’s Trans & Gender Diverse Voices, Minneapolis

SPIRAL Collective, Minneapolis

 

Missouri

Feed the People Garden Project, St. Louis

Gabriella Rosé Justice Support System, Columbia

Kansas City Center for Inclusion, Kansas City

Lot’s Wife Trans and Queer Chaplaincy, St Louis

Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St. Louis

Mid Missouri Transgender Support, Jefferson City

Our Spot KC, Kansas City

St. Louis Anti-Violence Project, St. Louis

Trans Queer Flat STL, St. Louis

Transformations, Kansas City

Transfuturism by The Justice Fleet, St Louis

 

Mississippi

Bois of the Sippi, Corinth

 

North Carolina

Asheville Transformers, Asheville

House of Pentacles, Durham

NC Trans Leadership Network, Asheville

Name Change Project, Asheville

Pansy Collective, Asheville

QORDS, Durham

Radical Kindred, Boone

There’s Still Hope, Charlotte

WNC QTPOC Support Group, Asheville

 

Nebraska

Trans Collaborations Community Board, Kearney

 

New Jersey

Black Excellence Collective, Newark

New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance, Long Branch

Tertium Quid, Jersey City

 

New Mexico

Albuquerque Queer Trans Community Yoga, Albuquerque

Decolonize Massage, Albuquerque

SW Two Spirit Society, Albuquerque

Trans Liberation Coalition, Albuquerque

 

Nevada

Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas

Trans Pride Foundation, Las Vegas

 

New York

Activation, Woodridge

Awakening Trans Art Coalition, Boiceville

Black Trans Blessing, Bronx

Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, Brooklyn

Black Trans Media, Brooklyn

Black Trans Travel Fund, Bronx

BlackCuse Pride, Syracuse

Caribbean Equality Project, Queens

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo / CITG, Jackson Heights

Community Kinship Life (Ck life), Bronx

Crystal LaBeija Organizing Fellowship, Brooklyn

Cuir Kitchen Brigade, Brooklyn

Dorian Corey Project WNY/Transgressions, Kenmore

F2L, New York

For The Gworls, Brooklyn

The G.H.O.S.T. Project, Brooklyn

Gays & Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS), Queens

The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center, New York

LEGION (League for Equity of Gender In Our Neighborhoods), Rochester

Lighthouse Mutual Aid, Saugerties

metaDEN, Brooklyn

Mirror Trans Beauty LLC, Brooklyn

Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center, Newburgh

NYC Trans Oral History Project, New York

The Okra Project, Brooklyn

Organización Latina Trans de New York, Brooklyn

Princess Janae Place Inc, Bronx

Radical Joy and Mental Health x Emulisfy, Brooklyn

Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform (STARR), Schenechtady

T-FFED (Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders), Brooklyn

Trans Lab, New York

Trans Resistance Through Media, Bronx

TransGenerational Theatre Project, Long Island City

 

Ohio

Black Queer & Intersectional Collective, Columbus

META Center Inc., Akron

Margie’s Hope, Akron

TRANSlate, Cleveland

TransOhio, Columbus

 

Oklahoma

Transpire Oklahoma, Inc., Tulsa

 

Oregon

Beyond These Walls, Portland

Glitter Squadron, Portland

Point of Pride, Eugene

QTPoC Mental Health, Portland

Trans*Ponder, Eugene

 

Pennsylvania

Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia

Interfaith Working Group dba Transfaith, Philadelphia

Lehigh Valley Transgender Renaissance, Orefield

T’DAS: Transgender Domestic Abuse Sanctuary, Philadelphia

Trans Minors Rights, Lititz

TransCamp, Philadelphia

TransFamily of NWPA, Erie

 

Puerto Rico

Arianna’s Center / Puerto Rico, San Juan

Editorial Casa Cuna, Hormigueros

EspicyNipples, Guayama

Fundación Boreales, Carolina

Pólvora Colectiva, San Juan

Semillas, San Juan

T.E.A. ( Transgenero En Accion ), Guaynabo

Trans Feria. San Juan, San Juan

 

Rhode Island

Triumphant 2Gether, Providence

 

South Carolina

Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc., Lexington

Gender Benders, Piedmont

Pride Link, Greenville

T-Time Transgender Support, Myrtle Beach

Transgender Awareness Alliance: Greg Green, Lexington

We Are Family, North Charleston

 

South Dakota

Two Spirit Nation, Porcupine

 

Tennessee

Bold & Beautiful, Memphis

The Meadow Collective, Liberty

Trans Empowerment Project, Knoxville

WeCareTN, Memphis

 

Texas

Black and Brown Biennale, Houston

Black Trans MX, Carrollton

Black Transmen Inc, Carrollton

Black Transwomen Inc, Carrollton

Borderland Rainbow Center, El Paso

Cicada Collective, Lewisville

Coastal Bend Trans Alliance, Corpus Christi

Cons.T.ruct, Houston

GenTex, McAllen

Latinas Trans Austin, Houston

Latinas Trans Dallas, Houston

Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas, Houston

Revolution Foundation, Dallas

Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston, Houston

Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas

 

Virginia

Charlottesville Trans Peer Group, Troy

Garden of Peace, Inc., Newport News

MINORITY TRANSGENDER UNITY, Norfolk

Power Safe Place Resource Center of Virginia, Front Royal

South eastern transgender Resource Center, Norfolk

Stand for Art Foundation, Alexandria

TEA of Greater Washington D.C., Burke

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia – TAPVA, Virginia Beach

Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richmond

Twin Oaks Queer Gathering, Louisa

 

Vermont

Out in the Open, Brattleboro

 

Washington

Beyond Bars and Binaries, Tacoma

The Black Trans Prayer Book, Seattle

Heartspark Press, Olympia

QTPOC Birthwerq Project, Seattle

Rad Care, Seattle

Solace, Spokane

Stonewall Youth, Olympia

Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network, Seattle

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Behind the Scenes: Thank you to our 2019 Grantmaking Coordination Team!

Coming off of a very full grantmaking weekend of trans justice in action, we’re feeling extremely grateful for every applicant, grantee, grantmaking Fellow, and the behind the scenes team who’s been holding it down over the last several months.

The Trans Justice Funding Project is cared for, tended to, and loved by some of the most incredible humans, including many of you!

We want to extend an extra special thank you to our fabulous team of contracted coordinators as they onboard, trained, and cheered on this years Fellows, coordinated countless logistics, and facilitated the heck our seventh grantmaking panel.  We are so lucky we got to work with these folks as they are some of the most talented organizers on the planet! They made community-led grantmaking look eassssssy!  (And it’s not!)

 

Cathy Kapua, Community Grantmaking Fellowship Coordinator

Cathy has worked with the transgender community since 2003, first starting off as a Peer Educator at Kulia Na Mamo, then eventually moving on to become the Transgender Service Manager at the Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center. Cathy is proud of her academic accomplishments in the University of Hawaii- West Oahu where she received a B.S. in Public Administration and continues to use these skills to help her Native Hawaiian community. She has been successful in advocating for transgender programming and providing culturally competency trainings throughout the nation but prides herself mainly on being a role model for younger transgender women in Hawai`i.

Cristina Herrera, Community Grantmaking Meeting Coordinator

Cristina founded the Translatina Network back in 2007, in order to organize and empower the transgender immigrant community through leadership development and education. Over the years she has served on countless panels, committees, and boards in order to provide expertise on effective HIV prevention and community organizing. Cristina has been presented with awards and recognition by NYC DOH, The AIDS Institute, City Council , the Queens Borough President and many organizations.

Cristina was formerly the Trans Program Coordinator at the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center), where she worked for eleven years. She oversaw the workforce development program that is specifically designed to meet the needs of the TGNC community. She has been working in the field of HIV prevention, advocacy and community organizing for almost 20 years.

Glo Ross, TJFP Community Grantmaking Facilitator

Glo Ross is originally from Los Angeles, CA and currently lives in Atlanta, GA. As a full-time gender-queer lover of all animals and the earth, Glo is committed to building the world we all deserve to live in by organizing power in our communities and actively practicing compassion for all beings day to day. Currently, Glo works in the public sector as a policy analyst on environmental issues. In previous lives, Glo directed campaigns at FIERCE! to build power among LGBTQ youth of color in New York City, has helped lead anti-police brutality organizing in Atlanta, and has facilitated numerous youth organizing trainings for college students across the country. In the past eight years, Glo has also supported community-based organizing strategy through technical assistance and issue research. When not facilitating or conducting research, you can find Glo hiking with their pups (two lovable rescued pit bulls), trying out a new vegan recipe, or road-tripping to the beach.

Nico Amador, TJFP Community Grantmaking Facilitator

Nico Amador grew up in California and is now a trainer, organizer and writer based in Philadelphia. Nico got his start as a trainer working with
youth around issues of oppression and leading workshops on the impacts of militarism and the prison industrial complex on people of color. As part of the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Nonviolent Youth Collective, Nico helped to train volunteers preparing to do human rights work in Colombia, led week-long retreats on nonviolence and social justice, and organized a California arts and education tour.

As part of Training for Change, Nico has led workshops in the US, Canada and Europe for groups such as Choice USA, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Energy Action Coalition, Greenpeace, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Earth Quaker Action Team, the New Sanctuary Movement, Prometheus Radio Project, and the Diverse City Fund.

Nico is also an experienced community organizer who has participated in grassroots efforts for prison abolition, urban farming, and keeping casinos out of residential neighborhoods. Most recently he led a campaign that successfully changed a policy that was causing harassment of transgender riders on Philadelphia’s public transportation system.

He has authored articles such as “Lessons from the Borders: Empowering Participants with Disabilities and Transgender Participants” and “Into the Streets! Training as a Tactic” and has published poetry in a few small journals and anthologies.

 

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More than Magic: Seven Years of Funding Trans Justice

TJFP is a small funding project built and powered by a lot of community love, sweat, and tears. And yes, there is magic in this work, but what really gets us going each and every day is YOU–our beloved and powerful grantees and applicants, donors, staff, volunteers, family, and friends.

“Our fight and our resilience is a testimony that it gets better, not because we pray it so, but because we fight like hell to make it so!” —Everette Renee Thompson, 2018 Community Grantmaking Fellow

Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of working with 42 of the most brilliant trans justice activists and organizers around the country as part of our annual grantmaking panels. We’ve received 1,118 applications from some of the most radical and visionary grassroots, trans-led groups creating spaces and systems of care for our community.

Please enjoy this video we created to share some of the behind the scenes magic with you. You may even see some familiar faces!

Here’s to seven years of trans leadership and justice in action! We can’t do this work without you, so wherever you are–thank you for being part of the magic and brilliance of our trans justice movements.

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And Now.. Introducing our Sixth and Final 2019 TJFP Grantmaking Fellow, Micky B!

Completing the 2019 Community Grantmaking Fellowship team is the extraordinary Micky B!  Having been long time fans of Micky B’s work and ongoing commitment to trans justice, particularly in the South, we were floored when she agreed to join us.  Please help us celebrate all of our 2019 Fellows who over the past several months have been working harder then you might ever imagine.

Right now we’re just a few days away from hosting this awesome panel in New York who will be meeting all weekend long making final funding decisions! Stay tuned for more!

But for now, we’re pleased to introduce you to Micky B!

Micky B is a Black Trans Woman using cultural organizing to build the political leadership of Trans/GNC leaders across the South. Though a German born Army brat, Micky descends from the 1st free Black welders in Southwest Georgia. Her political development was grown through a village of white feminist lesbians, Black trans women, & HIV-positive Black gay men. Since 2015, Micky B co-founded & continues to curate “Southern Fried Queer Pride” (SFQP), a DIY art education non-profit and week long queer art festival. Through SFQP, she explores the nuanced intersections of queer performance art, installation, and film.

Micky has organized trans communities across the South as the 1st lead of the TLC@SONG program, where she co-organized against HB2 in NC, held a TGNC leadership convening in Nashville, TN, and organized a listening tour across the region. Currently, Micky works as the “Organizing Program Associate” for the Transgender Law Center, serves on committees funding trans-lead movement work, and trains organizations with the SUSTAIN Wellbeing COMPASS Center.

Micky is a proud member of the Pioneering House of Ultra Omni, member of Southerners On New Ground, graduate of the 2017 Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle, and 2018 Atlanta Pride Grand Marshal.

Micky B is a proud bisexual mama living and loving in Atlanta, GA. She loves fried vegetarian cuisine after a long day of voguing in resistance to the police state.

 

We can’t wait to be in your presence Micky B!

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A Very Warm Welcome to our Fifth 2019 Grantmaking Fellow, Sharyn Grayson

Not only are we feeling incredibly lucky for this opportunity to be at the table learning from this sage and powerful elder, we’re also feeling deep gratitude knowing that next week we get to work closely and collaboratively with Sharyn Grayson at this year’s grant making meeting.

What a privilege and honor to have this history maker on our team!

Sharyn has been working extremely hard reviewing every application received and remaining dedicated in spirt and service for trans communities. So with that, please help us welcome our fifth 2019 TJFP Fellow, Sharyn Grayson!

In 2006, recognizing the need for an expanded focus on innovative social justice projects and equity among community health and human services providers, Sharyn organized her own company and began operations in Oakland, CA. Today, the Nonprofit & Consumer Services Network (NPCSN) – offers a full range of professional business services and resources that launch, sustain, and support the economic growth, development, and continuity of community-based/grassroots organizations, nonprofit corporations, and small businesses that directly and positively impact the lives of all Transgender and LGBQI residents. Sharyn is CEO and Senior Consultant at NPCSN. The new home office has been relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. Among her many achievements, she is also part of a small, but growing, list of minority Transgender women who own and operate businesses across the country.

Currently, she also serves as Chief Operations/Financial Officer at the Griffin-Gracy Educational Retreat & Historical Center (House of GG) – in Little Rock; a ‘Trans-led’ nonprofit organization she co-founded with world renowned ‘Stonewall Pioneer’, Trans Activist/Advocate, “Miss Major.”

Sharyn’s many professional business affiliations and alliances are extended across the U.S. She is a public speaker, trainer/facilitator, nonprofit business development consultant, grant writer, Transgender advocate, and highly respected ‘senior’ leader among the national TLGBQI neighborhood and healthcare community sectors.

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Shouting out to our fourth 2019 TJFP Grantmaking Fellow, Priyank Jindal!

In a couple of weeks our panel of outstanding grantmaking Fellows will soon arrive in New York ready and eager to select and award this year’s grantees. This is something we work towards all year long.  Please join us in welcoming another TJFP Fellow and incredible organizer, Priaynk Jindal!

Priyank is a longtime transsexual, part time amateur Muay Thai fighter. They are also a member of LeftRootsa national formation of Left social movement organizers and activists who want to connect grassroots struggles to a strategy to win liberation for all people and the planet and a nurse practitioner living in Philadelphia, PA.  They love accessories, a gorgeous braid and fighting to end heteropatriarchy and racial capitalism.

Priyank has been engaged in liberation work for decades and we’re elated they said yes to joining the team.  We’re counting down the days till we get to learn from their experience and wisdom in person!

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Announcing our third 2019 TJFP Grantmaking Fellow, Úmi Vera!

TJFP is so lucky to get to work with this amazing organizer and force of light!  Úmi’s passion and excitement as she reads through this years applications, learning more about the breadth of trans justice work is EVERYTHING. Please welcome to the TJFP grant making team, Úmi Vera!

Úmi is a child of Tepehuan O’dami indigenous immigrant parents. She was born and raised half of her life in southeast L.A and currently resides in
the Pacific Northwest. With 15 years of organizing experience predominantly in policy advocacy in the intersections of migrant and trans/queer grassroots organizing, she joined Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement as the Campaign Director.

She has executive leadership experience and was most recently the End Profiling Legislative Campaign Director at Unite Oregon, a refugee and immigrant rights organization. There she co-created Resilient Connections, a support group and leadership program for trans/queer refugees and migrant new arrivals. Úmi is very passionate about her fellowship role at TJFP and she hopes to continue building with TJFP’s incredible network of trans lead movement building.

Thank you Úmi for joining the team!

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Give it up for TJFP 2019 Grantmaking Fellow, Zakia McKensey!

A very warm welcome to Zakia McKensey to the TJFP 2019 Grantmaking Fellowship!  Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Zakia is currently working extremely hard to carefully review hundreds of applications in preparation for our upcoming grantmaking meeting in June. We cannot wait to learn and grow from her leadership on this years team!

Zakia McKensey is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has been an active member of the LGBTQ community. For many years Zakia was a national performer and pageant competitor. She is a former Miss Gay Black America, Miss Black National, Miss International Supermodel, Miss Godfrey’s and Miss Virginia Capitol Pride. She has worked for Fan Free Clinic where she was instrumental in creating the Transgender Clinic as well as Richmond City Health District, where she was a DIsease Intervention Specialist and also the 1st African American Transgender Women to ever work for the health distirct. October of 2015 she opened the Nationz Foundation a 501©3 organization that provides advocacy for transgender individuals as well as offering HIV/STI testing, Food Pantry, Emergency Housing and other supportive services to the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Recently she aquired an RV to create a mobile testing unit to offer her services in communities where transportation is a barrier to access testing or safer sex items and food. Zakia also works for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project where she serves as the Transgender Advocate, assisting individuals who have experiences of violence. She was named a 2018 Outstanding Virginian, by Equality Virginia. Zakia was honored with a Firework Award by Virginia Pride in 2018. In her free time she enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, competing and attending pageants, cooking and spending time with her dog.

Yes Zakia, YESSSSS!

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Introducing the first of six TJFP 2019 Grantmaking Fellows, Sammie Ablaza Wills!

It’s that time of year again when we have the honor of introducing another fabulous grantmaking team.

Kicking off a series of introductions, we’re ecstatic to welcome Sammie Ablaza Wills to the 2019  TJFP Grantmaking Fellowship!

Sammie will join five other ground breaking, trans, non binary activists and organizers from across the country to select this years grantees.

Sammie is an enthusiastic queer, non-binary Pilipinx person with a vivid love for their chosen family, social justice, and grassroots
organizing. They currently serve as director of APIENC, a trans and queer Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots organization in the SF Bay Area. Sammie’s politic has come from witnessing xenophobia against their family, from fighting budget cuts to public schools, and from learning from queer Pilipino people in their communities. It’s from this that Sammie has worked to trained hundreds of young, queer, trans, Asian people to lead from values of abundance and interdependence. Sammie is dedicated to ethnic studies, racial justice, and environmental justice, working closely in groups such as Asians4BlackLives and Movement Generation. Sammie believes that anything can be turned into a chant and brought onto the streets (literally and emotionally). At all times, they strive to learn more about their ancestors, practice vulnerability, and share stories.

We can hardly wait to do this work with you Sammie!

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Lessons on Being Bold: A conversation with 2018 Fellow Bré Anne Rivera

“Sharing space with the other grantmaking fellows and hearing from people from rural Montana to communities in Hawaii helped to open my mind about how differently the work looks for people in different areas. Sometimes when you’re on the ground, it is easy to lose that perspective, and instead think, “This is what’s working for me and my girls in Detroit, so it should work for everyone, right?” But, no, it doesn’t always work like that. So when an application came in from a rural part of the country, it was important to hear from someone from that community. These conversations really helped me be more strategic and forward-thinking about who we were supporting and funding.”  -Bré Anne Rivera

Each year we invite our talented Fellows to share their thoughts and experiences as grantmaking panelists in our “Letters From the Table” section of our annual report. Last year fall we were fortunate enough to get a chance to sit down with 2018 TJFP Fellow, Bré Anne Rivera to gain a better understanding of her experience reviewing over 200 applications and selecting grantees through a community-led process.

In her interview Bré bravely spoke from the heart, candidly sharing powerful reflections and recommendations for the funding world that we hope will resinate with you whether you’re a grassroots organizer, a funder or someone interested in trans justice and liberation.

Please check out this remarkable interview, Lessons on Being Bold!

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