Our communities are under attack. With the recent anti-trans and anti-worker bill that was passed in North Carolina this week, the murder of Quartney Davia Dawsonn-Yochum, a transgender woman of color in Los Angeles, California (Quartney Davia Dawsonn-Yochum is the seventh reported trans woman to be murdered this year) and the continued discrimination and violent attacks against queer transgender and gender non conforming people of color across the country– we are under attack.
Recently, TJFP and the Transgender Law Center partnered to launch the National Training Institute for TGNC leaders who are working tirelessly to combat these attacks against our community. We encourage you learn more about the institute and find a grassroots trans-led trans justice group in TJFP’s directory and fight for trans justice in your local community.
This is the time to take action and get involved. Our communities need our support. Please help TJFP fund the trans justice movement by donating anything you can to our 2016 fundraising campaign. Every dollar makes a difference. There really is no donation too small.
Congratulations to all of the organizers on the ground in South Dakota who worked day and night, making several trips to the state capital to lobby and testify against these kinds of dangerous anti-trans bills.
A special shout out to Tamara Jean Urban and Kendra Heathscott who TJFP had the pleasure of meeting last November while on our From the Ground to the Sky listening tour.
Sending our love to South Dakota!
Last weekend, Transgender Law Center and Trans Justice Funding Project proudly hosted a National Training Institute for a cohort of transgender and gender nonconforming leaders from 11 states facing anti-trans legislation. After two packed and inspiring days of training, strategizing, and connection, we’re excited to continue working with and expanding this cohort to build a national movement of TGNC leaders to take on these immediate attacks AND fight for a long-term vision of liberation for all of our communities.
Videos and lessons from this weekend coming soon!
After a wonderful visit with community organizers and friends in Phoenix, we traded our car for a plane and headed north. In Utah, our final stop on this leg of TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky tour, we found ourselves surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains and stories.
On our first day we drove to Ogden, a beautiful, quaint, and rural city in Utah. When we finally stopped staring at the mountains, we were welcomed into a small, unassuming house, that we later learned is the first and only overnight youth shelter in the entire state of Utah. The basement of this space also happens to house one of our grantees, OUTreach Youth Resources. OUTreach provides resources and runs trans support groups for transgender and gender non-conforming youth and adults in Ogden and other nearby rural communities.
After saying our goodbyes in Ogden, we made our way to Salt Lake City, where we met with the volunteer Executive Director of Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah. We were able to hear more about how TEA got started and learned more about their work, including the one of a kind training video they created for Driver’s License Division employees after an anti-trans incident occurred in their community.
For those of you who have been following our listening tour, you may remember that Oklahoma is known as the “buckle of the Bible Belt.” Like Oklahoma, communities in Utah are also feeling the impacts of pending “bathroom panic” and other anti-trans attempted legislation. In both states, dominant religions hold significant amounts of power that negatively affect queer and trans communities as well as the people that love them.
Thank you Utah for all of your passion. You are full of volunteer run efforts that are working so hard for trans justice!
TJFP is really looking forward to sharing our digital map, which will be loaded with media clips and information from our listening tours.