Remembering, Resisting, and Honoring our Resilience

Art by Edxie Betts+ Forward Together. Please visit Forward Together’s Trans Day of Resilience page for “art that dreams beyond resilience, towards our free trans future.”

On this day, November 20th, trans communities, our loved ones, and allies are pausing on a global level to honor and grieve the lives of those who have been taken from us by acts of anti-trans violence. Even though great strides have been made over the years, carving out new opportunities and progress for our people, transphobic violence continues to be a global crisis.

According to Trans Respect vs Transphobia, a devastating 375 trans and gender-diverse people were murdered in the past year around the world.  This number is up from 350 in 2020. 96% of those murdered globally were trans women or transfeminine people. In the United States, the murders of trans people doubled from last year; 89% of the 53 trans people murdered were people of color.

As we know, anti-trans violence is supported by and consistantly intersects with misogyny, racism (especially for Black and brown trans women and migrants), economic injustice, criminalization, and hate towards sex workers.

So once again we come together–however we are able–to light our candles in their memory and speak out the names of those we’ve lost.  Our flames burn brightly for them. Their lives, your life, our lives, are all worthy of receiving love and joy, support and care. As a bare minimum, we deserve to exist, able to move freely as our truest selves without fear.

All of this weighs heavy on our shoulders.

And yet, on this day, November 20th, trans communities, our loved ones and allies are also honoring our resilience, our perseverance, our creativity, our beauty, and our gift of knowing how to take care of each other.

TJFP shares our community’s love and rage and we’re grateful for everyone who works relentlessly to resist, refusing to no longer accept a culture or future where our trans siblings experience violence in all of its forms.

Today and every day we hope to honor and support you, our grantees, friends, family and community.  We will remember and we will continue to press forward.  And we thank those of you who do this with us.

Change is not possible without action and we see our beautiful community actively fighting for a liberated future for us all.

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Welcome TJFP’s newest staff member, Nicole Fernandes!

TJFP is extremely pleased to announce our newest staff member, Nicole Fernandes as our very first Administrative Director!

Nicole first began working closely with us when she became a 2020 Community Grantmaking Fellow and now we’re thrilled to have her in this role as a full time staff member.  As we’ve expressed to Nicole and to so many of you, thank you for saying, ‘yes’ to us.  Nicole is no stranger to devoting her skills and talents to supporting trans liberation.

Nicole has strong experience in administrative roles, including roles in nonprofit and grassroots organizations.  Some of Nicole’s experience includes serving as an Information and Referral Specialist at The Center and most recently serving as the Finance and Administrative Associate at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. When she isn’t working, Nicole loves to play with her acrylic paints and tend to her plant babies. She is very excited to bring the skills she’s learned along her journey to serve the trans community.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Nicole to the team!

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Transmitiendo lo que es posible y se puede lograr: una conversación con Arianna Lint

Arianna Lint

Translation in English

Por Cathy Kapua

Cuando conocí a Arianna Lint, la fundadora y directora ejecutiva del Centro Arianna (Arianna’s Center), quedé deslumbrado por la fuerza e intención de su voz, mientras exigía que los departamentos federales financiaran el trabajo de justicia trans en el sur. En una mesa redonda en el 2014 junto con otras personas trans que trabajan en la prevención y el cuidado del VIH, ella expresó su punto con hechos contundentes y desde el corazón que están pasando y afectando a la comunidad. “Nuestras manos están atadas mientras nuestra gente está muriendo”, dijo, levantando las manos para mostrar esposas reales en sus muñecas, exigiendo la atención de todos en la habitación. “¡Sin el dinero para hacer este trabajo, no podemos ayudarlos y tal vez salvarlos!” Arianna siempre ha tenido el impulso y la tenacidad para hacer cualquier cosa para ayudar a su gente. Estamos muy agradecidos de que se tomara el tiempo de sentarse con nosotros en una llamada de Zoom para contarnos más sobre lo que la impulsa a “trabajar, defender y resistir” en nombre de su familia trans de todas partes, incluyendo por qué organizó un tutorial sobre cómo postularse a TJFP el año pasado.

“Mi familia, por elección” 

Arianna es la fundadora y directora ejecutiva del Centro Arianna (Arianna’s Center). El centro fue fundado en el 2015 en Florida. El centro de Arianna es la única organización de servicio directo y defensa con sede en el sur de la Florida, dirigida por una mujer trans Latina que vive abiertamente con VIH. Arianna describió que su organización está enfocada “en las comunidades más vulnerables: trabajadores sexuales, personas que viven abiertamente con VIH, personas sin hogar, inmigrantes trans Latinx, personas indocumentadas, y personas que acaban de salir de la cárcel, prisión, o de centros de detención”.

Cuando le pedí a Arianna que se describiera a sí misma y a que ella llama hogar, Arianna se apresuró a explicar que debido a que es una inmigrante trans Latina que vive en los Estados Unidos, pues ella trabaja en muchos lugares, por eso le es “muy difícil” decir a qué parte ella lo llamaría hogar. Sin embargo, “yo llamo a mi hogar a Florida, yo llamo a mi hogar a los Estados Unidos… Yo llamo a mi hogar Puerto Rico”. Pero, agregó, que el hogar más importante para ella es “mi comunidad transgénero”. Lleva más de veinte años viviendo en los Estados Unidos, y “la comunidad transgénero ha sido mi familia, por elección”, brindándole el apoyo, los consejos y la fé en sus sueños que mantienen el fuego que pude ver en ella desde nuestro primer encuentro… Desde ser voluntaria en una clínica de VIH en la Florida, hasta abrir y liderar su propia organización, Arianna ha sido sostenida y se ha mantenido por la fé de su comunidad en ella. Ahora, cinco años después de recibir su primera subvención de TJFP en el 2016, se asegura de que los activistas y líderes de habla hispana aprendan cómo funcionan los procesos de financiación y concesión de subvenciones. A pesar de que Arianna y su equipo han aumentado su presupuesto con éxito, lo que ha hecho que el Centro de Arianna ya no sea elegible para una subvención de TJFP, su trabajo todavía está tomando nuevas formas a medida que su trabajo continúa.

Arianna me contó sobre su infancia en Perú, donde vió a sus padres hacer trabajo social y se involucró en un club para niños que buscaban generar impactos sociales en sus vecindarios. “Desde el principio siempre intente ayudar a cómo defender a los demás, así que esa es mi personalidad,” me dijo entre risas. En la escuela, tuvo que enfrentar el acoso homofóbico, en ese entonces le preguntó a su maestra por qué otros estudiantes la estaban tratando injustamente. Su maestra respondió con una frase de una telenovela: “Cuando los perros ladran, es porque estás caminando hacia adelante”. Arianna se lo tomó en serio: y desde ahí ha avanzado hasta entonces y nunca se ha detenido. Ella es una ex abogada y licenciada en ciencias políticas de la Universidad San Martín de Porres en Lima, una vez dirigió una empresa de construcción y en estos días está constantemente en el teléfono, planeando estrategias y construyendo un mejor futuro.

“Trabajar, defender y resistir” 

Arianna fue diagnosticada con VIH después de mudarse a los Estados Unidos y, tratando de ser “la mejor versión de ella” después de su diagnóstico, comenzó a trabajar como voluntaria en una clínica de VIH en Florida. En su tiempo como voluntaria y luego como administradora de casos, “veo que mi comunidad necesita mucho”, recordó. Contratada en una organización LGBT como directora de servicios para personas transgénero, comenzó a imaginarse cómo sería su propia organización liderada por personas trans: “Puedo contratar a más personas trans con las que podría trabajar de manera más abierta. Puedo desarrollar los programas de forma más directa “. Ella se destacó de forma independiente en el 2015, solicitó y recibió una subvención de TJFP en el 2016 como Translatina Coalition Florida Chapter, fué beneficiaria nuevamente en el 2017 y en el 2018 como Arianna’s Center, y en el 2020 recibió una subvención para la sucursal puertorriqueña del Arianna’s Center.

“Soy una persona que hice toda mi carrera y he llevado toda mi vida como activista vendiendo sueños … porque alguien me vendió sueños y esperanzas”.

Ahora, además de proporcionar pruebas y manejo de casos para los clientes y capacitaciones para los proveedores de servicios, el Centro de Arianna también tiene un programa de vivienda de dos semanas y un vínculo de atención para las personas trans que son positivas con VIH y han sido recientemente liberadas del encarcelamiento. En los últimos dos años, Arianna’s Center ha continuado elevando las voces de la comunidad trans, uniéndose a la Universidad de Puerto Rico para “la primera evaluación de necesidades específicamente para personas trans en Puerto Rico”. Arianna también ha estado trabajando con organizaciones como Human Rights Watch, Transgender Law Center y Positively Trans en encuestas similares para personas trans y VIH positivas en el sur de Florida. En una entrevista del 2021 con Arianna en Shoutout Miami, dijo con orgullo: “Ahora, si eres trans en el sur de Florida, o si tu agencia quiere trabajar con personas trans, el Centro de Arianna es el primer recurso al que pueden recurrir”.

“Vendiendo sueños/posibilidades” 

“Somos recaudadores de fondos, pero no expertos en recaudación de fondos”, me dijo Arianna cuando le pregunté cómo es recaudar dinero para su trabajo. Aún así, una idea de recaudación de fondos que compartió conmigo nació claramente de la experiencia en las necesidades de sus comunidades. Para recaudar fondos y también alentar el empoderamiento de los jóvenes trans puertorriqueños, Arianna quiere crear un concurso anual para coronar a un concursante puertorriqueño que represente a Puerto Rico en el exterior. Al aprovechar el prestigio del sistema de competencia de concursos específicamente entre las comunidades trans a las que sirve, y al incorporar la educación y la defensa del VIH en el certamen, quiero que los jóvenes trans puertorriqueños sigan carreras y se sientan orgullosos de sus identidades y experiencias personales y profesionales.

Arianna comprende el poder de ser validada por los propios compañeros en todos los aspectos de la vida, incluso en el mundo de la financiación. El poder de tener tu propia comunidad, que conoce el impacto del cambio que esperas hacer, apoya tu trabajo, no una institución externa que está desconectada de lo que sabes que tu gente realmente necesita. Recordó recibir su primera subvención de TJFP en el 2016 y llorar de emoción, y sobre todo cómo esa primera subvención la ayudó a “crecer como persona, como profesional, y como agencia”, construyendo el Centro de Arianna hasta donde está hoy. A pesar de que el Centro de Arianna ya no puede acceder a fondos de TJFP, ya que el tamaño de su presupuesto está más allá de los criterios de elegibilidad de TJFP, Arianna todavía quería transmitir esa emoción a otros activistas y líderes que podrían estar comenzando, tal como lo hizo hace cinco años. antes, con poco conocimiento de cómo conseguir financiación y apoyo para su trabajo. “Es hora de que estos sueños se hagan realidad”, dijo. “Tan pronto como obtenga su primera subvención, comenzará a recibir diferentes subvenciones porque comenzará a buscar más”.

En particular, es muy consciente de la barrera del idioma para acceder a la mayoría de los fondos disponibles. Si bien TJFP ofrece una solicitud en español, Arianna quería estar disponible para explicar más los matices de la financiación, porque sabe “lo difícil que es tener acceso a la primera subvención… como activistas de base y vulnerables en todo el país, especialmente en el sur.” Con su experiencia como beneficiaria bilingüe de TJFP, organizó un taller de tutoría e invitó al personal de TJFP como un “puente” para presentar y explicar el proceso de solicitud de TJFP a “muchos líderes emergentes y grupos liderados por personas trans en el Sur”.

Fue maravilloso planear con Arianna para preparar el tutorial y hablar con aproximadamente 20 organizadores trans de Carolina del Norte, Texas, Georgia, Florida y Puerto Rico, la mayoría de los cuales eran Latinos. Esta también fue una gran oportunidad para TJFP y nos sentimos muy honrados de poder desmitificar el proceso de solicitud de subvenciones y conectarnos con posibles nuevos beneficiarios. Estamos muy agradecidos de ver a alguien en la posición de Arianna aprovechar su poder y sus relaciones para brindar oportunidades en todas partes a nuestra comunidad.

Líderes e innovadores como Arianna son exactamente la razón por la que existe TJFP. A medida que continúan rompiendo barreras y al mismo tiempo responden a múltiples necesidades de la comunidad, vemos que nuestro trabajo les proporciona recursos y los defiende en espacios filantrópicos. ¡Gracias Arianna por su incansable trabajo todos estos años que han tenido un impacto significativo y muy importante que ha contribuido y cambiado la vida de muchas personas!

Si desea obtener más información y ayudar al Centro de Arianna, visite su sitio web.

Arianna Lint y Cathy Kapua

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Passing on Possibility: A conversation with Arianna Lint

Arianna Lint

Traducción en éspanol

By Cathy Kapua, Deputy Director of TJFP

When I first met Arianna Lint, the founder and CEO of Arianna’s Center, I was dazzled by the strength and intention in her voice, speaking truth to power as she demanded that federal departments fund trans justice work in the South. At a roundtable discussion in 2014 with other trans people working in HIV prevention and care, she brought her point across with heart and with hard hitting facts. “Our hands are tied while our people are dying,” she said, raising her hands to show actual handcuffs on her wrists, demanding the attention of everyone in the room. “Without the money to do this work, I can’t save them!” Arianna has always had the fire and drive to do anything to help her people. We’re so grateful that she sat down with us on a Zoom call to tell us more about what fuels her in “working, advocating, and resisting” on behalf of her trans family everywhere, including why she hosted a tutorial on applying to TJFP this past year.

“My family, by choice”

Arianna is the founder and CEO of Arianna’s Center.  Founded in 2015 in Florida, Arianna’s Center is the only direct service and advocacy organization based in South Florida, led by a trans Latina openly living with HIV.  Arianna described her organization as one that focuses on “the most vulnerable communities–sex workers, people living openly with HIV, homeless, trans Latinx immigrants, people who are undocumented, people who are just released from jail, prison, detention centers.”

When I asked Arianna to describe herself and where she calls home, Arianna was quick to explain that because she’s a trans Latina immigrant living in the United States, doing work in many places, it’s “very difficult” to say where she’d call home. “I call home Florida, I call home the United States…I call home Puerto Rico.” But, she added, the most important home for her is “my transgender community.” Of her twenty-plus years living in the United States, “the transgender community was my family, by choice,” providing her the support, advice, and belief in her dreams that fuels the fire I could see in her from our very first meeting. From volunteering at an HIV clinic in Florida, to opening and leading her own organization, Arianna has been sustained by her community’s belief in her. Now, five years after receiving her first TJFP grant in 2016, she’s making sure Spanish-speaking activists and leaders learn about how funding and grantmaking processes work. Even though Arianna and her team have successfully grown their budget, making Arianna’s Center no longer eligible for a TJFP grant award, her work still is still taking on new forms and shapes as her work continues.

Arianna told me about her childhood in Peru, where she watched her parents do social work and became involved in a club for children seeking to make social impacts in their neighborhoods. “I try to help defend others, so that is my personality all the way from the beginning,” she told me with a laugh. In school, facing homophobic bullying, she asked her teacher why other students were treating her unfairly. Her teacher responded with a quote from a telenovela–”When the dogs bark, it’s because you’re walking forward.” Arianna took that to heart–she’s moved forward since then and has never stopped. She’s a former lawyer and political sciences graduate of San Martín de Porres University in Lima, once ran a construction company, and these days she’s constantly on the phone, strategizing and building.

Arianna’s Center distributing meals in Wilton Manors, FL

“Working, advocating, and resisting”

Arianna was diagnosed with HIV after moving to the United States and, in trying to be “the best version of me” after her diagnosis, began volunteering at an HIV clinic in Florida. In her time there as a volunteer and later as a case manager, “I see my community needs a lot,” she remembered. Hired at an LGBT organization as the director of transgender services, she began to envision what her own, trans led organization might look like–“I can hire more trans people I could work with more openly. I can develop the programs more directly.” Striking out independently in 2015, she applied and received a TJFP grant in 2016 as Translatina Coalition Florida Chapter, was a grantee again in 2017 and 2018 as Arianna’s Center, and in 2020 received a grant for the Puerto Rican branch of Arianna’s Center.

“I am a person who made my entire career and activist life selling dreams…because somebody sold dreams to me.”

Now, on top of providing testing and case management for clients and trainings for service providers, Arianna’s Center also has a two-week housing program and care linkage for trans people who are HIV positive and recently released from incarceration. In the last two years, Arianna’s Center has continued to uplift the voices of the trans community, pairing with the University of Puerto Rico for “the first need assessment specifically for trans individuals in Puerto Rico.” Arianna has also been working with organizations like Human Rights Watch, Transgender Law Center, and Positively Trans on similar surveys for trans and HIV positive people in South Florida. In a 2021 interview with Arianna in Shoutout Miami, she said proudly, “Now, if you are trans in South Florida, or if your agency wants to work with trans people, Arianna’s Center is the first resource they turn to.”

Arianna’s Center APRIL Training Program participants

“Selling Dreams”

“We’re fundraisers, but not experts in fundraising,” Arianna told me when I asked her about what it’s like to raise money for her work. Still, one fundraising idea she shared with me was clearly born from expertise in the needs of her communities. To raise money and also encourage Puerto Rican trans youth empowerment, Arianna wants to create an annual pageant to crown a Puerto Rican contestant to represent Puerto Rico abroad. By harnessing the prestige of the pageant competition system specifically among the trans communities she serves, and by incorporating HIV education and advocacy into the pageant, she wants Puerto Rican trans youth to pursue careers and feel pride in their identities and experiences.

Arianna understands the power of being validated by one’s own peers in all parts of life, including in the funding world. The power of having your own community, who knows the impact of the change you’re hoping to make, support your work, not an outside institution that is disconnected from what you know your people really need. She recalled receiving her first grant from TJFP in 2016 and crying from excitement, and how that first grant helped her to “grow as a person, as a professional, as an agency,” building Arianna’s Center to where it is today. Despite the fact that Arianna’s Center is no longer able to access funding from TJFP, as their budget size is beyond TJFP’s eligibility criteria, Arianna still wanted to pass that excitement to other activists and leaders who might be starting out, just as she did five years ago, with little knowledge of how to get funding and support for their work. “It’s time for these dreams to come true,” she said. “As soon as you get your first grant, you’re going to start getting different grants because you’re going to start looking for more.”

In particular, she’s acutely aware of the language barrier to accessing most funding available. While TJFP provides a Spanish language application, Arianna wanted to be on hand to explain more of the funding nuances, because she knows “how difficult it is to get access to the first grant…as grassroots and vulnerable activists around the country, especially in the South.” With her experience as a bilingual TJFP grantee, she organized a tutorial workshop and invited TJFP staff as a “bridge” to introduce and explain the TJFP application process to “a lot of emerging leaders and trans led groups around the South.”

It was so wonderful to plan with Arianna to prep for the tutorial and speak to approximately 20 trans organizers from North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico, most of whom were Latinx. This was also a great opportunity for TJFP as well and we were so honored to be able to demystify the grant application process and connect with potential new grantees.  We are so grateful to see someone in Arianna’s position to leverage her power and relationships and provide opportunities far and wide.

Leaders and innovators like Arianna are exactly why TJFP exists.  As they continue to break barriers while simultaneously responding to multiple community needs we see our work as resourcing them and advocating from them in philanthropic spaces.  Thank you Arianna for all of your years of tireless work making significant and life changing impact!

If you’d like to learn more and support Arianna’s Center, please visit their website!

Arianna Lint and Cathy Kapua in 2018

 

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Appreciating our 2021 Grantmaking Coordination/Facilitation Team!

(Clockwise from top left: Zakia McKensey, Cristina Herrera, Cathy Kapua, V Chaudry, Luce Lincoln, Nico Amador)
We want to give a special shout out to the dedication and commitment of our grantmaking meeting facilitators, coordinators, consultants, and staff! Our ninth community grantmaking meeting wouldn’t have gone nearly so smoothly without this amazing crew on hand to support the process. Thank you so much!
Cathy and Zakia, as our dynamic duo of fabulous facilitators, guided our fellows through the grantmaking process with so much care and heart.
Cristina, our grantmaking meeting coordinator, provided so much logistical support and ensured our team remained well fed, supplied, and comfortable through multiple lengthy Zoom meetings.
Nico, who’s been a facilitator with TJFP since the very beginning, stepped into a new role this year, taking detailed notes during fellows’ discussions.
V, a longtime TJFP super-volunteer, lit up the room as tech support/Zoom conductor, and Luce, a 2016 Grantmaking Fellow, took up the reins on short notice when V had to step away!
We can’t thank you enough. Learn more about our incredible team here–we’re so blessed to have these magnificently talented humans as part of the TJFP family!

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Announcing TJFP’s 2021 Grantees!

We’re pleased to announce that TJFP’s 2021 grantmaking fellows awarded $850,000 in grants to 191 trans-led grassroots groups, projects, and organizations doing amazing, creative, and groundbreaking trans justice work across the US and US territories! Find out more through our 2021 grantee directory page, and see the full list at the bottom of this post!

Through your donations and efforts, we exceeded our $90k fundraising goal and raised an incredible $138,570! That means we’re able to move $850,000 to these grassroots trans-led groups this year, in the form of grants in the amount of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000.

Our Community Grantmaking Fellows, grantmaking coordination team, and staff are deeply grateful and proud of all that TJFP has accomplished this year. Whether you fundraised on our behalf, shared our social media posts, donated, or used your platforms to lift up grassroots trans organizing, you helped make this happen! Along with the 117 groups that received a ReUp grant this year, we’re moving over $1.3 million to 308 groups in 2021!

Over the past nine years we’ve been able to support so many new groups and projects as they incubate and grow. For many of our applicants, TJFP is their first grant award, or first time submitting a funding application, period. We’ve also been able to continue to support our long time grantees over the years as they have become vital cornerstones in their communities. It’s heartening and beautiful to see what doors open for our grantees, the connections they make, the funding they access, and what they achieve with support and belief in their leadership!

Of our 191 grantees selected in May…

  • 121 grantees were first-time applicants to TJFP.
  • 87 had no nonprofit status.
  • 15 grantees come from outside of the lower 48 states, including Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • An incredible 159 grantees indicated BIPOC leadership–with 71 groups indicating they were led by Black trans women or femmes!

Over the past few months, the 2021 community grantmaking fellows spent hour after hour carefully reading and reviewing 211 applications from trans-led, grassroots groups and projects from around the country. As a cohort of trans, BIPOC organizers and activists, TJFP’s fellows have the opportunity to sit in the powerful role of grantmaker, a power often held by people and institutions outside of their communities. Yet since our fellows belong to trans and non-binary communities in the very places we see applications coming in from, this position can also come with the heavy weight of tough funding decisions. Our fellows do this highly emotional work with a whole lot of heart: reviewing applications using an intersectional lens, paying close attention to where resources are being redistributed geographically, and doing this with no strings attached and trusting that TJFP grantees know what’s best for their own communities.

We are so grateful for this year’s team and for the time and energy that was poured into every part of this process. While community-led grantmaking isn’t always quick and easy, it’s always worth it for us!

It’s because of this team and our amazing community that we were able to give so much money to so many incredible grassroots trans justice groups. As always, we are inspired by each and every application that was submitted.

Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of the legacy of our trans justice movements.

Check out these amazing trans justice groups that were funded this year! We’re so excited to share their brilliant work.

With warmth,

The TJFP Staff

 

The TJFP grantmaking fellows, facilitators, coordinators, and staff dancing their way out of this year’s meeting!

 

The groups listed below with an asterisk (*) are 2020/2021 grantees that received a ReUp grant!

 

Alaska

United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance, Anchorage

 

Alabama

AllowMe, Pike Road

The Knights & Orchids Society, Selma  *

The TRANShue Project, faunsdale  *

TWOC Healing Project, Birmingham

Visibly Trans*, Birmingham

 

American Samoa

IMPACT, Pago Pago  *

 

Alabama

Intransitive, Little Rock

The Young Transwomens Project, Little Rock

 

Arizona

Equality Arizona, Phoenix  *

Fluxx Productions, Tucson

Peacework Medical, Phoenix  *

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson

The Outlaw Project, Phoenix  *

Thompson House, Tucson

Trans Pride Foundation, Phoenix

TRANSplants Desert Garden, Tucson

 

California 

Adsit Media, San Leandro

Alianza Translatinx, Santa Ana

American Trans Resource Hub, West Covina

Beyond Binary Legal, Long Beach

Deaf Queer Resource Center, San Francisco

Dem Bois Inc., San Pablo

Fireweed Collective, Richmond

Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles  *

Health Justice Commons, Richmond

House of Resilience, San Diego

Indigenous Pride LA, Los Angeles  *

Invisible Men, Compton

Lady J and Linda Kay’s House, Antelope

Lafemmebear Music, Middletown

Los Angeles Spoonie Collective, North Hills  *

metaDEN, San Diego  *

Mirror Memoirs, Los Angeles

Nonbinary and Intersex Recognition Project, Los Angeles  *

Northstate Trans*/GNC Project, Chico  *

Orange County Translatinas, Anaheim

Parivar Bay Area, Oakland

PEACE Out Loud, Berkeley

Proyecto Trans Latina, San Diego

San Francisco Trans March, San Francisco

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco

Somos Familia Valle, Sun Valley  *

The Herbal Trans Health Book Team, Oakland

The SisTrahood, La Mesa  *

The TAJA Coalition, San Leandro

The TG/ENBY Project, Los Angeles

Trans & Nonbinary Housing Collective, Sacramento

Trans Peer Mentor Program, San Francisco

Trans-E-Motion, Clovis

TRANScend, Bolinas  *

TRANScending in Nature, Greenfield  *

Unique Woman’s Coalition, Los Angeles

Voluminous Arts Trans-Led Halloquium (Artist Showcase), Glendale

Welcome, San Francisco  *

Y.G.S.L.R.H. S.T.F.U.T., Los Angeles

 

Colorado

Authentic Creations Artistic Apothecary, Caguas

Denver Community Fridges, Lakewood

 

Connecticut

Life In My Days, Waterbury

 

Washington, D.C.

ARCOIRIS *

DC Area Transmasculine Society

Halal And Queer Collective (HAQ Collective)

Makers Lab

P0stB1Nary

Pawsitive Palz  *

Plantita Power  *

Starseed Earthroot  *

They them collective  *

Trans People of Color Coalition  *

Trans Terps DC  *

Transform Gender Collective (TGC) *

 

Florida

Bridging the gap!, Fort Lauderdale

Florida Coalition for Trans Liberation, Tallahassee  *

Gender Advancement Project, Orlando

LIPS Tampa, Apopka  *

Marsha’s Web, Oakland Park

Moving Forward Wellness Coaching, Oakland Park

No.Str8s, Gainesville

Rooted Resistance, Tallahassee

Social Film Projects LLC, North Miami Beach  *

The Halfway Point, Tallahassee  *

The McKenzie Project, Miami

the passionvine project, lake worth

Trans Collaborative Network, Plantation

Trans Playhouse, Doral

Transgender Awareness Project, Jacksonville

TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami

Triumphant 2Gether, Kissimmee  *

Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach  *

Unspoken Treasure Society Inc., Gainesville

 

Georgia

Community EsTr(El-La), Acworth

Community Roots, Decatur

FOR OUR SIBS Inc., Decatur

Genderfied, Marietta

I Am Human Foundation, Ellenwood

IATBP, Atlanta  *

Phoenix Transition Program, Conley

Queer Cultures, Atlanta

Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta

The Frances Thompson Education Foundation, Atlanta

The Prizm Shyne Project, Conley

TMBLM, Inc., Atlanta

Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta

Trans(forming), Atlanta  *

 

Hawaii

Anuenue Alliance, Honolulu  *

HEARTS Maui, Wailuku  *

HI SIS, Honolulu

Kuaana Project, Honolulu  *

Na Lei Pulama, Kihei

The Trans Alaka’i Collective, Hilo

 

Idaho

Black Liberation Collective, Idaho, Meridian

 

Illinois

Chicago Therapy Collective, Chicago

Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), Chicago

 

Indiana

GenderNexus, Indianapolis

TREES, Inc., South Bend  *

 

Kansas

Our Spot KC, Kansas City

 

Kentucky

Radical Truth, Louisville

Tiger’s Eye Collective, Louisville

 

Louisiana

Amor y Solidaridad, Nueva Orleans

Black and Brown Biennale, New Orleans  *

Imagine Water Works, New Orleans  *

Jasmine Davis, New Orleans

LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theater, New Orleans

Real Name Campaign NOLA, New Orleans

T’DAS: Transgender Domestic Abuse Sanctuary, New Orleans  *

The S.O.L.I.D Initiative, New Orleans

TRANScending Women, New Orleans  *

Transitions Louisiana, New Orleans

 

Massachusetts

Black and Pink Boston Chapter, Boston  *

Massachusetts Sex Worker Ally Network (MASWAN), Brighton

PRIDEEXTENDED, Chicopee

sense, Amherst

Sonrisas, Cheshire  *

the Stiyu Project, Jamaica Plain

Trans Asylum Seekers Support Network, Amherst  *

Transgender Emergency Fund Of MA INC, Boston

 

Maryland

Baltimore Safe Haven, Baltimore  *

CVO, Owings Mills

Idyll Dandy Arts, Dowelltown

Prism House LLC, Westminster

Sistas of the “t”, Baltimore  *

The Maryland Trans Resilience Conference, Baltimore  *

Trans Maryland, Gaithersburg  *

Trans Women of Color Collective, Chevy Chase  *

 

Maine

Maine Transgender Network INC., Portland  *

 

Michigan

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, Grand Rapids  *

Grassroots Activism Direct Emergency-GADES, Auburn Hills

Hope for Trans Futures Training Programs, Kalamazoo

Native Justice Coalition, Manistee

Nuii Waav Brotherhood, Detroit

Queers Taking Initiative, Alma

TGNC Emotional Wellness Providers’ Summit, Detroit  *

The Transgender Health and Vitality Fund, Auburn Hills

Trans Sistas of Color Project, Detroit  *

Transcend the Binary, Ferndale  *

 

Minnesota

20% Theatre Company, Minneapolis  *

Cuir Kitchen Brigade, Minneapolis  *

For the Culture, Minneapolis  *

Friends Like Me, Minneapolis

Minnesota Trans Disabled Care Fund, St. Paul

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition -MTHC, Minneapolis

Open Flame Theatre, Minneapolis  *

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

SPIRAL Collective, Minneapolis

TIGERRS, Minneapolis

Transmission Ministry Collective, Saint Paul

 

Missouri

Feed the People Garden Project, St. Louis  *

Gabriella Rosé Justice Support System, Columbia  *

Northland Pride, Gladstone

St. Louis Anti-Violence Project, St. Louis  *

St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH), St. Louis

Trans artist collective, Kansas City

Transformations Youth Organization, Kansas City

 

Mississippi

Bois of the Sippi, Corinth

Love Me Unlimited 4life/4 Evercareing Evonne, Jackson

 

Montana

Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center, Great Falls

Third Steep Farm (TS), Drummond

 

North Carolina

Assata Collective, Charlotte

Fuerza Unión Múltiple – FUM, Henderson

Greensboro Mutual Aid, Greensboro

HYPHA Healing Garden & Apothecary, Durham

Onslow County LGBTQ Community Center, JACKSONVILLE

Radical Kindred, Boone  *

There’s Still Hope, Charlotte  *

Transgress: Digital Resistance Collective, Mount Holly

Transitioning Of The Carolinas, Charlotte

Tranzmission, Asheville

Evolve;, Jamestown

 

Nebraska

Trans Collaborations, Kearney

 

New Jersey

Black Excellence Collective, Newark

New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance (NJRUA), Newark

Tertium Quid, JERSEY CITY

 

New Mexico

Bent Road Gardens, Santa Fe

Trans Liberation Coalition, Albuquerque

Transwoman Empowerment Initiative (TEI), Albuquerque

 

Northern Mariana Islands

T-Project, Saipan

 

Nevada

Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas  *

 

New York

Awakening Trans Art Coalition, Boiceville  *

bklyn boihood, Brooklyn

Black Trans Blessings, Bronx  *

Black Trans Media, Brooklyn  *

BlackCuse Pride, Syracuse  *

Bluestockings Cooperative, New York

Caribbean Equality Project, Queens  *

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo, Jackson Heights

Crystal LaBeija Organizing Fellowship, New York  *

Dorian Corey Project/TRANSgressions, Kenmore

In Honor Of Our Roots, New York

LGBTQ+ Youth Xchange for Change, New York

Lion’s Tooth Project, Newburgh

Mirror Trans Beauty LLC, Brooklyn NY  *

Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center, Newburgh  *

Organización Latina Trans de New York, Brooklyn  *

Princess Janae Place Inc, Bronx  *

queer Haudenosaunee land project, Ridgewood

Radical Joy and Mental Health x Emulisfy, Brooklyn  *

Reboot(y), Brooklyn

Reuniting of African Descendants (ROAD), New York

Rochester Black Pride, ROCHESTER

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

The G.H.O.S.T. Project, Brooklyn  *

The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center, New York  *

The Heavenly Femme Network/The HAF Project, Bronx

Trans Closet Hudson Valley, Saugerties  *

What Will I Become, Bronx

Yoga for Top Surgery Recovery, Patchogue

 

Ohio

Black Queer & Intersectional Collective, Columbus

Margie’s Hope, Akron

TRANSlate, Cleveland  *

TransOhio, Burton  *

 

Oklahoma

Transpire Oklahoma, Inc., Tulsa  *

 

Oregon

Beyond These Walls, Portland  *

BI2S ARTISTS, Portland

Point of Pride, Eugene  *

Trans*Ponder, Eugene  *

Transpose PDX, Portland

 

Pennsylvania

Coalition for Black Trans Economic Liberation, Philadelphia

Eastern PA Trans Equity Project, Orefield

Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia

Sage Legacy Project, Philadelphia

Trans Minors Rights, Lititz  *

transcribez, Philadelphia

Visible Truth 365, Philadelphia

 

Puerto Rico

Arianna’s Center / Puerto Rico, San Juan  *

Círculo Violeta, San Juan

Camp 4Respect, Bayamon

Editorial Casa Cuna, Hormigueros  *

EspicyNipples, Guayama  *

finca flamboyánT, Sabana Grande

Fundación Boreales, Carolina  *

Fundación Periodismo Siglo 21, San Juan

Fundación Yamoca Opia, San German

Kellan Artgraphy, San Juan

Movimiento en respuesta de VIH, San Juan

Ominira Healing Village, San Juan

Pólvora Colectiva, San Juan  *

Trans Feria. San Juan, San Juan  *

Trans Goofy Games PR, San Juan

 

South Carolina

Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc., Lexington  *

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, Rapid City  *

 

Tennessee

T4T Caregiving, Auburntown  *

The Meadow Collective, Liberty  *

Trans Empowerment Project, Knoxville  *

 

Texas

Cicada Collective, Lewisville  *

Coastal Bend Trans Alliance, Corpus Christi  *

Cons.T.ruct, Houston  *

Corazon Conuko, Houston

GenTex, McAllen  *

Interfaces, Austin

Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas, Houston

Papa Seahorses, Houston

Project Liferaft, Austin

Revolution Foundation, Dallas  *

San Antonio Gender Association (SAGA), San Antonio

The Mahogany Project, Houston

The Next Generation Project, Spring

Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston, Houston  *

Trans Masculinos Houston Texas/OLTT, Houston

Trans Nation, Baytown

Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas

Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT), Austin

 

Virginia

Charlottesville Trans Peer Group, Troy  *

Diversity in Recovery, North Garden

Garden of Peace, Inc., Newport News  *

Grimalkin Records, Dendron

Minority Transgender Unity, Hampton

Power Safe Place Resource Center of Virginia, Front Royal  *

Southeastern Transgender Resource Center, Norfolk

Stand for Art Foundation, Alexandria  *

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

Tender Fruits Collective and Farm, Morgan

 

Washington

Beyond Bars and Binaries, Tacoma  *

Femme & Them, Shelton

Rad Care, Seattle  *

SocialScope Productions, Seattle

Solace, Spokane  *

The Black Trans Prayer Book, Seattle  *

 

Wisconsin

Lovell-Lepak Queer Outreach, Madison

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We did it! Grantee announcement coming soon!

 

Wow! Our Community Grantmaking Fellows spent several days and hour upon hour, meeting virtually to thoughtfully select our 2021 grantees and award amounts.

We’re so excited to share out our brilliant 2021 grantees (all 308!) with you in the coming week. These grantees will be supported in part by the astonishing $138,570 that we received during our fundraiser! That amount includes proceeds from so many individuals like you, charity concerts, art auctions, match offers, and some extremely large donations.

Once again we’re in awe of the creativity, brilliance, and care on display as our communities show up for grassroots trans organizing–thank you all so much for sharing, boosting, and donating to our fundraiser. WE did this together!

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$17,384 remaining to our goal!

TJFP is a small funding project built and powered by YOU–our beloved and powerful grantees and applicants, donors, staff, volunteers, family, and friends. In the last 24 hours of our 2021 fundraising campaign we’re inviting you to donate to help us meet our goal: move over $1 million dollars to support the ever growing grassroots trans justice movement. 

Over Memorial Day weekend our esteemed panel of community grantmaking fellows will be selecting this year’s grantees. Among the 211 groups that are applying for funding this year:

  • 171 are BIPOC led (and 131 groups are Black-led!)
  • 120 have never applied for a TJFP grant before this year
  • 100 are groups with no nonprofit status whatsoever

 

We are just $17,384 away from reaching our goal of $90,000. With the donation you make today you’ll be a part of directly supporting the leadership of grassroots activists and organizers who are making our trans futures possible! Can you help us show trans communities that we believe in them and their lives?

Tomorrow night is the deadline to meet our goal of raising $90,000! No amount donated is too small. Please join us this year in showing up for trans justice by resourcing our visionary leaders and communities today, ‘cause our future is NOW!

We couldn’t do this work without you, so wherever you are, however much you give or support, thank you!

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Introducing 2021 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Ola Osaze!

Ola Osaze

TJFP is incredibly excited to introduce our sixth and final Community Grantmaking Fellow, Ola Osaze!

 

Ola is a trans masculine queer of Edo and Yoruba descent, who was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and now resides in Houston, Texas. Ola is the Co-Director for the Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project and has been a community organizer for many years, including working with Transgender Law Center, the Audre Lorde Project, Uhuru Wazobia (one of the first LGBT groups for African immigrants in the US), Queers for Economic Justice and Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Ola is a 2015 Voices of Our Nation Arts workshop (VONA) fellow, and has writings published in Apogee, Qzine, Black Looks, and the anthologies Black Futures and Queer Africa II.

 

We’re so grateful that you said yes to us and that you’re bringing your thoughtful care to this year’s grantmaking panel!

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Introducing 2021 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Loan Tran!

Loan Tran

We’re delighted to be able to welcome the fifth of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Loan Tran!

 

Loan Tran is a migrant originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam currently organizing in Durham, North Carolina. For more than a decade they have been involved in liberation struggles for migrants, LGBTQ people, communities of color, and youth and students.  As a writer, their work has been included in publications such as The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail At Showing Up For Each Other In the Fight For Freedom (2016) and Gendered Lives: Intersectional Perspectives (7th Edition, 2019). They are known for their piece, Calling In: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable, released on Black Girl Dangerous in 2013. They firmly believe only a movement rooted in solidarity across identities, geographies, and issues can transform our lives. They are a member of the board of directors of the Highlander Research & Education Center; co-chair the Third Wave Fund Advisory Council; and advise the Andrus’ Family Foundation’s Visionary Freedom Fund. Currently they are spending time slowly: cooking for friends and family, writing, and digging in the dirt.

Thank you for bringing your brilliance to this year’s panel–we’re so glad you said yes!

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