Introducing 2022 Grantmaking Fellow, Monserrat Padilla!

We’re so happy to introduce you to the sixth and last of our Community Grantmaking Fellows, Monserrat Padilla!

Monserrat Padilla (she/her/ella)  joined the Satterberg Foundation in July 2021 as a Program Officer. Prior to joining Satterberg, Monserrat was the Director of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network; a multiracial, multilingual, and multi-faith statewide coalition that came together due to the 2016 elections to protect immigrant rights.

Monserrat has worked at the state and national level for over 12 years building the capacity of grassroots organizations through programs and advocacy campaigns to foster community development for LGBTQ+, immigrants, and people of color. Under COVID-19, Monserrat mustered state policy wins that brought economic relief for Washington state undocumented immigrant residents through direct cash assistance, legal support, and access to healthcare.

Monserrat grew up undocumented in the United State since the age of two and is a beneficiary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive program under the Obama Administration, for which she helped shaped blueprint policy.

So much gratitude for your presence and heart on our panel, Monserrat!

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Introducing 2022 Grantmaking Fellow, Ashe Helm-Hernández!

We are beyond thrilled to announce Ashe Helm-Hernández as our fifth Community Grantmaking Fellow!

Ashe Helm-Hernández (they/ them) is a queer nonbinary Southern Black butch with roots in Louisville, KY. Ashe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts from the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville. They have 20 years of experience in youth organizing and leadership development and Human Rights to Education advocacy as a cultural worker and artist. Ashe is currently the National Program Manager for GSA Network, a next-generation LGBTQ+ racial and gender justice organization. Their background also includes teaching adult education, youth mentoring, advocacy and development, and anti-oppression community organizing. Ashe’s cultural organizing background and their own political artwork have led them to co-create and co-curate a number of projects and practices of cultural solidarity with grassroots organizations AgitArte, Southerners On New Ground (SONG), the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and the #NOT1MORE deportation national campaign (which evolved into the national organization Mijente). Ashe is co-founder & Project Director of Tiger’s Eye Collective: Queer Security Cultural & Educational Project. Ashe is passionate about the safety of all our people and curating safe spaces for trans-masculine-identified and genderqueer folks to connect, build collective leadership, and advance political unity across southern states, and across gender and sexuality.

It makes our hearts sing to have such a great mind on our panel this year!

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Introducing 2022 Community Grantmaking Fellow, Evelyn Quintana!

We’re delighted to introduce you to our fourth Community Grantmaking Fellow, Evelyn Quintana!

Evelyn Quintana (they, them, theirs, elle) is a shapeshifting gender-expansive herbalist, plant enthusiast, and nurturer. Evelyn’s lived experience as a queer Mexican immigrant, sex worker and proximity to state violence has positioned them to become a lifelong accomplice for reproductive justice, abolition, decolonization and disability justice.

Evelyn’s introduction to philanthropy was as a Third Wave Fund 2019 Sex Worker Giving Circle Fellow, which awakened a deep appreciation for the need and power of social justice philanthropy.

Now, Evelyn supports Groundswell Fund’s grantmaking as their Grantmaking Program Associate. Evelyn is a Funders for LGBTQ Issues 2020 GUTC (Grantmakers United for Trans Communities) fellow, Third Wave Fund 2021 Sex Worker Giving Circle Advisor, and Trans Justice Funding Project 2022 Community Funding Fellow. Their goal is use their leadership, grantmaking skills and fundraising knowledge to disturb and challenge what traditional philanthropy looks like.

Thank you, Evelyn, for bringing your experience and brilliance to our panel this year!

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Introducing 2022 Community Grantmaking Fellow, Maximilián Vega-Vélez!

It’s such an honor to introduce our third 2022 Community Grantmaking Fellow, Maximilián Vega-Vélez!

Maximilián Vega-Vélez (he/they) is a soft trans masculine, non binary, cuir and intersex person. Rematriated to the west side of the archipelago of Borikén (Puerto Rico) after being displaced to NYC aft Hurricane María.

Transfeminist artist and community organizer. They are part of the artists in residence of Taller Libertá (@taller.liberta). Creator of Girasoles (@girasoles.arte), their personal project that uses art and design for healing, justice and liberation. Co-founder of Círculo Violeta (@circulovioletapr) an artist collective whose mission is to co-create trans, intersex, fat and disable narratives from Puerto Rico. Max’s current art work explores his bodily HRT transitions in relationship to exploring pleasure, euphoria and jayaera. Max is currently the Coordinador of the Sylvia Rivera & Christina Hayworth Initiative (SylC). SylC is a participatory grantmaking initiative that supports the dreams of grassroots groups led by trans and non-binary people in Borikén (Puerto Rico).

Endless gratitude that you’ve chosen to join us this year, Max!

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Join us in raising $250k by May 27th and $1 million total over the course of 2022!

 

Ten years ago, TJFP was born from an effort to move money directly to grassroots groups and projects, run by and for trans people with “No Strings Attached,” because from the beginning, we have always trusted and believed in trans leadership and organizing.

Just like we did back in 2013, we invite you to join us in demonstrating a collective kind of love by donating whatever you can to support hundreds of groundbreakers, change makers and architects of abundance.

Over the next month our goal is to raise $250,000! All donations will go directly to hundreds of groups, organizations, projects and communities.  And we’re not stopping there! Until the end of the year we’re gonna go for it and plan to raise $1 million dollars.

(Just between us, more 10 year anniversary celebrations are coming soon!)

Being one of the first trans led, trans justice funders, getting to where we are now has been a journey. We wouldn’t be here a decade later without the commitment and generosity of so many. Thank you for actively believing in our people with us.

Now let’s raise $250,000 together by May 27th! Join us in celebrating this past decade of grassroots, trans-led activism by helping us uplift and fund this year’s grantees!

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Introducing 2022 Community Grantmaking Fellow, Tatyana Moaton!

TJFP is so excited to introduce the second of our six 2022 Community Grantmaking Fellows, Tatyana Moaton!

Dr. Tatyana Moaton (she/her/hers) is the CEO, and Principal Consultant for Envision Consulting, one of the first black trans led consulting firms in the country. She has extensive experience working in Human Resources championing strategic initiatives geared towards Diversity & Inclusion. She is currently in the role of a Senior Capacity Building Specialist with San Francisco Community Health Center. Tatyana is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, serving honorably as an Intelligence Officer in the US Army. She was reared in the City of Chicago and attended college in Milwaukee, WI. She recently obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy In Management Science.

She is a staunch advocate for the Trans community and has worked with the American Civil Liberties Union as a spokesperson for Trans litigation and LAMBDA Legal. Working with the U.S. Center for Disease Controls, Science Application Team as a consultant to develop the first intervention geared towards the transgender targeted population.

Tatyana is a faculty member of Transgender Strategy Center and has worked with organizations and companies such as AIDS United, NMAC, Gilead, Merck, Elton John AIDS Foundation, and The Black AIDS Institute.

We’re full of gratitude that Tatyana has joined us and is lending her brilliance to this grantmaking cycle!

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Donate towards our $250,000 goal and help fund grassroots Trans Justice!

TJFP is turning 10 years old and we’re raising $250k by May 27th as the first part in our year-long 10th anniversary fundraiser. We hope to raise $1 million dollars throughout the entire year. 

 

Stay tuned, because later this summer we’re going to have our first ever virtual fundraising celebration! Learn more and donate towards our first $250,000 goal, and find out about this year’s applicants.

 

Right now, our grantmaking fellows are reading the hundreds of applications that arrived this year, preparing to select 2022’s grantees after May 27th. The money you help us raise goes to these incredible trans-led groups across the country, many of whom are located in states battling hostile legislation. These groups focus not only on trans issues but also respond to community needs like racial justice, housing, legal support, disability, employment, job training, organizing, education justice, economic justice, and so much more. These groups are operating through an intersectional lens and doing all they can to help trans communities survive and grow, sustain and thrive individually and collectively.

 

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Introducing 2022 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Bunnie Wells Cruse!

TJFP is thrilled to introduce the first of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Bunnie Wells Cruse!

Bunnie Wells Cruse (she/her) is a Mexican-American Trans Woman and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bunnie is currently Board Chair of The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, Queen Mother of The Imperial Sovereign Court of New Mexico, and on the board of A Light in The Night Community Outreach. Bunnie is the cofounder of what is now the NM HIV WALK and founder of #BunnieBags that helps feed trans and non binary folx. Bunnie is passionate about feeding her community and fundraises year round to do so.

This year Bunnie is celebrating 16 years of recovery from meth addiction, being homeless and survival sex work. In 2021 she graduated from EMERGE, a program that teaches woman and non binary folx to run for public office. She is the first trans woman to take the EMERGE program in New Mexico and was elected class speaker by her peers. Bunnie ran to be appointed to the New Mexico House of Representatives, while she didn’t win she is super proud that she did it. Bunnie is the first out trans woman to run for any public office in New Mexico. Bunnie’s mentors in politics are Secretary of The Interior Deb Haaland, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Oliver Toulouse and Governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Bunnie is currently an administrative assistant out of the Office of The Governor and is assigned to the New Mexico Department of Health’s contact tracing unit. Bunnie also works in a nightclub, Effex, on the weekends where she is able to talk and get to know community members. On a personal note Bunnie is engaged and plans on getting married summer of 2022.

Thank you for bringing your power and wisdom to our grantmaking panel this year!

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Unwavering and Unbreakable: Addressing recent attacks on Trans and Non-Binary Youth

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Dear Friends, Family and Community,

We’re horrified that Texas Governor Abbott has instructed the Department of Family and Protective Services to begin investigating what he and Texas Attorney General Paxton have newly defined “child abuse”: families loving and supporting their trans and gender expansive children. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) wants Texas communities to report parents and “licensed professionals” such as doctors, nurses and teachers, to state authorities if there is any sign they are supporting or providing transition-related care.

According to the ACLU, this “opinion is not legally binding, and it remains up to the courts to interpret Texas laws and the Constitution. Moreover, DFPS cannot remove any child from their parents or guardians without a court order. No court here in Texas or anywhere in the country has ever found that gender-affirming care can be considered child abuse. The opinion released by Paxton cites highly partisan, outdated, and inaccurate information that ignores the consensus of every major medical association and the evidence-based and peer-reviewed standards of care. Trans youth continue to be threatened in Texas by state leadership as part of a politically motivated misinformation campaign that harms children.”

This is only part of a wave of anti-trans legislation that has swept across the United States, and according to Freedom for All Americans, there are more states in the nation considering anti-trans legislation than there are not. (You can see their legislation tracker here.)

According to the ACLU, there are at least 17 states so far in 2022 that have introduced bills that prohibit or criminalize gender-affirming care for trans youth.

The ACLU has also made a statement warning against similar efforts and their impact on trans youth, “If allowed to go into effect, the law will undermine the mental, emotional, and physical health of transgender and non-binary people across the state.”

No matter who you are or where you live 

You can find groups working against these harmful attacks on bodily autonomy and trans lives by taking a look at the map on our website. Our map lists all TJFP applicants and grantees, grassroots trans-led groups organizing for trans liberation, that need the support of people on the ground in their communities! We encourage you to donate directly or offer your time, skills, and support, however you can with groups in your area.

“They don’t want to protect us, they want to control and eradicate us.  And it is through our collective action that we resist and rebuild the world we want and need to live in”  -Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project

A testament from TJFP’s Database & Communications Coordinator, Demian Yoon 

Long before I joined TJFP, I was a trans child in New York, seeking care from my parents and a number of social work and medical professionals to support a transition that was already happening. My transition from numbly accepting a cis, closeted life, to a life where I could demand the care I knew I deserved, could make the moves I needed to be free from dysphoria and distress.

The legal decisions around my name change, the medical decisions around my physical transition, weren’t ones I was allowed to make on my own, and required a lot of second opinions and permission from authority figures. But whether my parents supported me or not, whatever my teachers or doctors had to say about it, I already knew I was trans. Receiving gender-affirming care and transitioning as a child simply let me continue living and growing in a way that felt most correct and right to me.

I do not know what I would have done if I had grown up in a state that interpreted transitioning under the age of 18 as child abuse. When we are children, when we are the most vulnerable and reliant on the authority figures around us, it is already terrifying to know you are trans and to ask for care. It is extraordinarily cruel to tell trans children, and the trans adults that they become, that the love and understanding they do receive is abuse. That the state will reward people who hate them. That all of this is done, supposedly, because the state has an interest in “protecting children.”

I did not and will never need to be protected from the rich, full, trans adolescence I had, the life I grew into through transitioning. The things I actually needed the most protection from were the condescension, mistrust, and archaic ideas about gender that slowed my transition. Even as a fully grown trans adult, coming from a background of strong family support and a relatively uneventful transition, I still feel helpless, still feel so much rage at the surveillance and control forced upon trans children like the one I was. Childhood is for being messy, for exploring and changing, for practicing being human, for learning how to care and support by being supported and cared for. It is not for living white-knuckled in fear and pain, for trying to perform normal good enough, waiting to reach some arbitrary age to possibly access freedom. It is not for fearing your family will be investigated for your personal medical decisions. We all want and need so much more, and we all deserve full and meaningful lives, free of cruel and unnecessary interventions by people far removed from our realities.

Part of TJFP’s mission is to move money to trans-led grassroots groups and projects centering trans justice in the US and US territories. Additionally we honor and amplify the ways our communities organize, create and shift culture, commit their love and care, and fight like hell for trans liberation.

We share your outrage with the seemingly endless attacks on our communities and yet we’re reminded all the time how incredibly powerful our grantees, applicants and our larger TJFP community is. We resist any narratives or efforts that seek to undermine our communities’ survival. Trans communities have proven throughout history that our commitments to keeping each other safe are unwavering and unbreakable. We are committed to trans futures, trans stories, trans families, and trans lives on a deep and personal level because these are ours, our kin in transness and queerness, our family that we will show up to protect. We are here with you!

Here’s what you can do

Chase Strangio identified 3 key action steps in his update on Instagram:

  1. We need to raise awareness. Whether it’s your state or not, make some noise!  People need to know what’s going on.  Utah wants to inspect trans kids’ bodies.  Florida is trying to erase the entire LGBTQIA community.  Arizona is attacking critically needed affirming healthcare again.  GET LOUD.
  2. Contact your legislators.  Visit www.openstate.org to find out what’s happening and start making calls.  Your action is needed and VOTE if you can.  Primaries are coming!
  3. Look to your local organizers for direction and support them however you can. You can donate, offer your skills and services and show up when called on.  Please remember that these groups might be overwhelmed right now and unable to field every call or request but your support is still needed.  Please feel free to check out our directory and digital map to find groups and projects in your area.

We are sending so much love to our trans community everywhere. Always.

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Our 11 Application Questions About Your Work / Nuestras once preguntas de aplicación sobre tu trabajo

Now is the time to apply for a TJFP grant! These are the eleven questions we ask in our application each year so that groups can share about their work and our community grantmaking fellows can make their funding decisions. Our goal has always been to keep our application as short and simple as we can while still providing our grantmaking fellows with the information they need, and as we grow, shift, and change, our application questions may do the same. Deadline is February 15th, 2022 before midnight PST. Application link here!

¡Ahora es el momento de solicitar una subvención en TJFP! Estas son las once preguntas que hacemos en nuestra solicitud cada año para que los grupos puedan compartir sobre su trabajo y que nuestros miembros comunitarios que otorgan subvenciones puedan tomar sus decisiones de financiación. Nuestro objetivo siempre ha sido mantener nuestra solicitud lo más breve y simple posible y al mismo tiempo proporcionar a nuestros donantes la información que necesitan, y a medida que crecemos, cambiamos y aprendemos nuevos métodos, nuestras preguntas de solicitud pueden hacer lo mismo. La fecha límite es el 15 de febrero del 2022 antes de la medianoche hora estándar del Pacifico. Enlace de aplicación.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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