Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Nina Chaubal!

Thank you Nina Chaubal for saying “Yes!” to joining TJFP’s 2017 funding team!

Nina Chaubal is a queer, South Asian trans woman who is the co-founder and Director of Operations of Trans Lifeline – the first national crisis hotline for transgender people by transgender people. Her work focuses on preventing suicide and building a more resilient trans community. An immigrant from India, Nina also works on issues facing trans immigrants. Prior to her work with Trans Lifeline, Nina was a software engineer on Google’s Search team. As Trans Lifeline’s resident geek she has used her technical and entrepreneurial skills to provide resources, build community and draw attention to issues faced by trans people. In whatever counts as her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, building all kinds of things with her wife Greta, complaining about bad user interfaces and obsessing about dumplings.

Stay with us for more 2017 TJFP Fellowship announcements and more!

 

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Wriply Bennet!

wriplymariebennetA very warm welcome to TJFP’s second 2017 Community Grantmaking Fellow, Wriply Marie Bennet.

Wriply Marie Bennet is a painter and illustrator, born and raised in Ohio. She uses her art to uplift her sisters in the black lives/ black transgender lives movement. She works in ink, watercolor and other mediums, and her art comes from an untrained perspective. She never aspired to attend college to study art, and there are no degrees to speak of other than a high school diploma. Her art is proudly self-taught. Her organizing work started with the Trans Women of Color Coalition, and she has been an activist since Ferguson, where she was a freedom rider traveling to stand with the family and community of Mike Brown. Wriply’s work expresses the power, strength, and resilience that trans women of color have to persevere, and the grace and beauty of her culture. Her work uplifts the young black trans women we’ve lost and continue to lose every year, and sheds light on the fact that there has been no national outcry. Wriply’s art has been used in countless social justice flyers, and in November will be making its first film debut in MAJOR!, a documentary at the 2015 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Wriply is much more than a visual artist; she’s also a singer/song writer, actor, screenplay writer, story teller, cartoonist, and fashion designer. She continues to work and fight for justice! For art will travel.

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Our Journey Home, The TJFP 2016 Annual Report is out!

It’s here!

Check out the ONE HUNDRED AND TWO fabulous 2016 grantees, review articles, interviews, infographics and so much more. This report is filled with groups and information you just can’t find anywhere else. Please enjoy and feel free to share widely!

Cover art by Micah Bazant, www.micahbazant.com

 

 

“Being part of the 2016 funding panel had so much meaning for me, far beyond the honor of being asked to serve. I’m not sure how TJFP did it, but the mix of lived experiences in this group of panelists seemed like it had been orchestrated with great skill. We worked together — we agreed, we disagreed, and we agreed to disagree. But I don’t believe there was a moment in which I didn’t see the dedication and commitment from each of the panelists.”

-Stephanie Mott, TJFP 2016 Panelist

And don’t forget, this year we’re hoping to spread the love through resources more then ever.  If you can, please make your donation today to help us raise 50K by 5/25 for trans justice! Even $1 matters!

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Cathy Kapua!

cathykapuaTJFP is so excited to introduce the first of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Cathy Kapua!

Cathy Kapua hails from O`ahu, Hawaii and has worked with the transgender community since 2003. Cathy started as a Peer Educator and Employment Specialist at a transgender social service organization called Kulia Na Mamo. She then moved on to become an HIV Prevention Specialist at the Life Foundation working with transgender women who engage in survival sex work. Cathy has since worked on several federally funded projects specific for the transgender community and has provided culturally competency trainings to medical service providers in an effort of raising awareness of the needs of the transgender community in Hawaii. Cathy is currently the Kuaana Project Coordinator at the Life Foundation offering a variety of social services to the Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Island transcommunity by utilizing peers to empower others within the transgender community. Being a role model for the young transgender community in Hawai`i drives Cathy’s passion to continue her advocacy within the healthcare and social service fields. For more information on the Kuaana Project, please visit the website at www.kuaanaproject.org

We’re looking forward to building with you Cathy!

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One Hundred and Seventy Six.

“It is my hope that our people have a fighting chance-that those of us
that are able, continue to use our strength to pursue life and ensure
that all of us have a chance at the lives we dream of” -Elle Hearns, 2016 Grantmaking Panelist

176. That’s the unbelievable number of applications we received this year!

TJFP’s 2015 grantmaking team feeling it!

As we enter our fifth year, TJFP is seriously committed to moving more money
then ever before to our communities.

Many of you have been long time supporters of TJFP and believed in us
from the very beginning and we want you to know that we have always
believed in you! By truly trusting in trans leadership to make funding decisions by and for our communities, we are
able to do what some thought was impossible.

So once again we invite you to join us–however you can–to ensure
grassroots groups have the resources they need to continue organizing,
supporting, advocating, and fighting for trans justice and liberation.

Please stay tuned, more exciting news is on the way!

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Apply for a TJFP grant before midnight EST on 2/15!

“I so appreciate the vision of the Trans Justice Funding Project. The idea that small grassroots organizations finally has someone who hears and understands us…”–TJFP Grantee

TJFP is about investing in trans communities making decisions by and for ourselves. Over the last four years, we’ve received 486 applications, and raised and given away over 315 grants totaling more than $800,000 to trans-led trans justice groups through our community-led process.

Find out if your group is eligible to apply for a grant here and check out TJFP’s directory of trans-led trans justice groups that have applied in the past. There is so much brilliance in our communities and we’re here to help support the growth and sustainability of our trans justice movement. And we understand that the work can take many shapes and often looks different across regions.

We look forward to your application and to learning more about how you define trans justice! Thank you for all that you do to keep our communities safe and thriving.

The 2017 grant application deadline is tomorrow, February 15th, 2017 at midnight Eastern Standard Time.

 

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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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In conversation about resourcing and fortifying movements!

Fortification: Spiritual Sustenance for Movement is a Podcast featuring Caitlin Breedlove, Campaign Director of Standing on the Side of Love interviewing movement leaders and activists. This week, TJFP’s director Gabriel Foster talks about what brought him to political organizing, the founding of the Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP), and what keeps him in this work. Thank you for sharing this story!

Fortification: Standing on the Side of Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing on the Side of Love is a campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association

 

 

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In honor of you

During such challenging times, let us remind ourselves that we are each other’s strength and purpose.

Over the past year, TJFP has sat with many of you as you shared your truth and struggles. To honor you we created a small reminder of what our communities are striving for and how those of you “on the ground”, doing the work everyday, define “Trans Justice.”

Every year on Trans Day of Remembrance, we remember the names of those taken from us as well the names of those still with us. We see how hard you work to build the necessary supports needed for survival. We know this is not always easy and often it can be messy but it’s a beautiful thing to see how we’ve been able to support each other on our individual journeys and collective paths towards justice and liberation–in all the ways it looks.

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From the Ground to the Sky Listening Tour: Southern Edition

“As a local organizer and activist in your area what do you vision, hope or dream for trans/two-spirit/queer/gender non- conforming people in your area?”

“Can you tell us how your group got started or how you first got involved in trans justice organizing?”

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These a just a few of the questions we asked several grantees, applicants, TGNC activists, organizers, and community members on our From the Ground to the Sky Listening Tour: Southern edition

Having previously traveled to places like Montana, South Dakota, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, this time we headed to the South Eastern region to expand our knowledge around what local trans justice looks and feels like in the Deep South.  

TJFP spent two weeks moving between Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana, driving along tree lined highways, in between mountain hallows, witnessing cotton fields, and bright city lights. Several times over, we saw common themes making themselves apparent from community to community.  Yet, nothing stood out as much as the importance and need to create safety and shift the conditions at home, as well as the sense of duty of bringing knowledge back to their people.

For many, the option of leaving home for more liberal areas with more trans affirming infrastructure is not always an option or even a desire. One local activist passionately stated, “Why can’t I be safe in Arkansas?”  Her desire to staying where things are familiar and where her family lives, is the driving force to not leave and to continue to work towards finding and creating community for her and other black trans woman like her.

Another thing that we heard over and over again, was the need for space to meet in to get work done, resources for traveling to meet other trans and gender non-conforming organizers so they won’t have to ‘reinvent the wheel,’ and could feel more connect to a broader network of TGNC peers. Even with things like internet access or tools like Skype and conference calls, for those who are able to travel, being face to face still remains a powerful method for breaking down isolation and unifying our leaders.

Like most places, the South has a complex and painful past.  And yet, it’s beauty and the activists we met along the way, have a deep love for their communities, their home, and their histories. Every person we spoke with reaffirmed that we should all have the right to stay at home if we wish to and have the ability to be safe as well as have our most basic needs to deepest desires met. 

From the historic Selma, Alabama to the colorful lights of New Orleans, Louisiana–which still bares the scares of the storm–we thank each and every person who took the time to allow us to record your trans justice organizing history. We hope your experiences, words, and efforts will be taken to heart and supported.

From state to state we come to understand more and more, we exist because you exist.

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