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!
Standing on the Side of Love is a campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association
Trans Justice Funding Project is excited to be at “Money for Our Movements: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference” presented by the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) from August 12 – 14th, 2016 in Denver, CO.
TJFP Executive Director, Gabriel Foster will be speaking at the closing plenary, Bold Shifts for Resourcing Our Movements, alongside Jeannette Huezo at United for a Fair Economy, Isa Loyola at Transgender Law Center, Kim Klein at Klein & Roth Consulting, and moderator Hayat Imam.
Learn more about Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training’s conference here! Thanks for having us GIFT!
Give OUT Day is the ONLY national day of giving for the LGBTQ community – a 24-hour online fundraising event that unites the LGBTQ community from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and D.C. to raise critically needed funds. Many of TJFP’s grantees and applicants are participating. Please consider donating to them directly!
Check out the list of groups that are participating in this year’s Give OUT day and make a donation here! If you’d like your donation to support grassroots, trans-led, trans justice–here’s a helpful directory of groups that met TJFP’s criteria.
In a little over a month, we’ve made it halfway to our goal of $25,000. We know we can get there, so we’re extending the fundraiser deadline to 5/12/2016–the day before the 2016 TJFP grantmaking panel of activists meet in Brooklyn, NY.
We are very grateful for all the love and support our community has shown for grassroots trans justice! Thank you to those of you who have donated to TJFP’s 2016 grantees!
From $1 to $50,000, there’s no donation too big or too small.Every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees!
Stephanie Mott, 2016 TJFP Panelist
We’re so honored to have Stephanie Mott join the TJFP 2016 grant making panel!
Stephanie is the Executive Director and President of Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP) and the Founder/Director of the Transgender Faith Tour. She has been a columnist for Liberty Press and lgbtSr, and a volunteer blogger for Huffington Post. She has published more than 100 articles about being transgender. As the executive director of K-STEP, she has provided nearly 400 workshops and presentations related to gender identity in venues from college classes to mental health centers to jails and prisons. She is currently serving as the community liaison for transgender inmates with the Shawnee County (Kansas) Jail.
Stephanie is also currently serving as the state vice-chair of Equality Kansas. In addition, she is a board member of the Topeka Human Relations Commission, the Topeka Chief of Police Advisory Board, Topeka Pride, and Capital City Equality Center, as well as serving on the advisory board for the Beacon Youth Group. Her awards include the Pioneer Woman from the University of Kansas Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, the Kansas Stonewall Marsha P. Johnson Award for Exceptional Activism, and the Donna Love Award for Outstanding Social Work Student from Washburn University.
We can barely contain our excitement!
We can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be joined by Elle Hearns!
Elle Hearns, 2016 TJFP Panelist
Elle is a revolutionary organizer, freedom fighter and strategy expert. Elle has spent a lifetime committed to ensuring marginalized voices are centered and reflected in today’s society. Elle is a highly noted public speaker, facilitator, trainer and writer. She’s well known for her work in mobilizing communities, rapid response, and campaign development. As an organizer Elle spearheaded notable grassroots efforts such as Trans Liberation Tuesday,and digital campaigns More Than Marriage, and Raise the Debate. She also served as a lead organizer of The Movement for Black Lives convening. Elle currently is a organizing coordinator for Black Lives Matter where she’s been a strategic partner since its organizational inception. She previously served as the Central Region Coordinator for the grassroots organization GetEQUAL and is the former creative director for TWOCC (Trans Women of Color Collective). Elle’s experience has influenced the ways in which social justice movements are perceived today. Elle’s writings have been featured in TruthOut, Huffington Post, and Ebony. Her remarkable work has been chronicled by several publications including Time, CNN, MTV, The New York Times, Alternet, Democracy Now, The Daily Dot,Jet magazine, Fusion, Essence Magazine, Telesur English and The Washington Post. Elle hails from Columbus, OH and currently lives in Washington D.C.
Asher Kolieboi, 2016 TJFP Panelist
TJFP is excited to introduce the first of our six grant making panelists, Asher Kolieboi!
Asher hails from Saint Louis, Missouri, by way of Monrovia, Liberia. A longtime LGBTQ and racial justice community organizer, Asher currently serves as the Assistant University Chaplain at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his work as a minister, Asher has worked with the National LGBT Task Force, Planned Parenthood, the Center For Progressive Leadership, and the Trans 100. Asher co-organized the 2010 Soulforce Equality Ride, a two-month bus tour of young adults ages 18-28 who traveled to Christian colleges and universities to discuss the intersections of LGBTQ identities and faith. Later that year, he co-founded Legalize Trans, a trans affirming t-shirt company and social media campaign. In 2011 Asher launched (un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color Speak! An ethnographic audio-visual installation about the experiences of transmasculine people of color that debuted at Princeton University that year.
We are so excited to be able to share space and learn from you Asher!