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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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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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Introducing 2020 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Kayla Gore!

TJFP is so excited to introduce our third of six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Kayla Rena Gore!

Kayla Rena Gore works to help to coordinate homeless services, conduct direct outreach and advocate for the rights of TLGBQ people, especially  transgender women as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of My Sistah’s House. She studied Sociology at Southwest. Her organizing work has includes fighting for housing equity for all people who are chronically homeless and advocating for the just treatment of transgender people by law enforcement, prison abolition and anything tied white patriarchy or rooted in Anti-Blackness. Her work has and always will be intersectional in not only in theory but in action.

We’re honored that you joined us this year and we’re looking forward to learning from you!

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The 2019 TJFP Annual Report is Out!

“The word legacy keeps coming into my head. We’re a cohort within this legacy of trans people who have made these funding decisions; everybody who applies to TJFP is entering into this legacy; and TJFP is leaving a legacy of how to do this work. There’s a need for doing funding in ways that center community needs, and I think TJFP does that really well.” – “Matters of the Heart in a Movement,” Micky Bradford, 2019 TJFP Fellow, TJFP 2019 Annual Report

Dear Friends, family and community,

As 2020 unfolds and we approach our eighth year of grantmaking, TJFP is more than ever before committed to supporting and uplifting the liberatory work of our trans justice community. In 2019, we were able to move $750,000 to 186 grassroots trans-led groups around the country!

And we’ve released our stunning, 2019 annual report and for the first time, we’ve included a copy of our application and a highlight about each and every one of the 186 trans-led grassroots groups that received a grant in 2019. Inside this gorgeous cover you’ll find words from TJFP staff and friends, powerful conversations with our 2019 grantmaking fellows, and so much more. We hope you’ll find it to be an enlightening and empowering resource!

Thank you so much for being a part of the TJFP community. Thank you to all of the amazing trans-led groups organizing around the country, our donors who provide unwavering support, the world’s best volunteers, cheerleaders, friends, and family! We need each and every one of you to continue to believe in grassroots trans justice.

We’re here because of you. Thank you for trusting and supporting trans leadership alongside us!

 

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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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Happy Birthday & Thank You Laverne Cox!

We can’t even begin to tell you how exciting it was to see Laverne Cox using her Instagram platform (TWICE) encouraging  her followers to support TJFP by making a donating for her birthday!

Who’s crying? We’re not crying!?

Thank you Laverne for showing up so hard for trans justice and for believing in grass roots, trans-led organizing with us!

A message from Laverne Cox on Instagram:
“It’s my birthday. I am so grateful for another year and for all your love and support. Thank you also to everyone who has gone to ProtectTransHealth.org and left a comment saying that discrimination against trans people in healthcare is unacceptable. If you haven’t done so yet click on the link in my bio to leave a comment.
Also please consider making a donation to TransJusticeFundingProject.org to support trans and gender nonconforming lead organizations all over this country that provide vital services for trans people in local communities all over this country. This support would be an amazing gift to me on my birthday. Check out my previous IGTV post for more on TransJusticeFundingproject.org.”
#TransIsBeautiful #Birthday

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In these trying times..

Our hopes, our visions, our pathways will continue to lead us.

In these times of great difficulty TJFP is so honored to guided and carried by so many of you.

Community: Your visionary strategies and greatness is more powerful then anything our opposers could every dream of.

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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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