We’re so excited to share with you TJFP’s 2017 annual report!
Because TJFP has the most incredible family and friends, we had the honor of moving half a million dollars to 153 trans-led grassroots groups across the country last year. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to learn more about these fierce folks by viewing our 2017 annual report! They are history in the making.
Also… applications are now open for 2018 TJFP grants! Please review the eligibility criteria and apply! The deadline to apply is 2/15/2018 so spread the word and share widely!
TJFP is so honored to be receiving the Out for Impact Award from Funders for LGBTQ Issues at their 35th anniversary celebration, The Pride in Philanthropy Awards! TJFP is being recognized for our leadership supporting grassroots trans-led groups across the country, empowering transgender leaders in community-based organizations and in philanthropy, and transforming the conversation around impactful grantmaking within trans communities.
Thank you Funders for LGBTQ Issues for this momentous award!
The Pride In Philanthropy Awards: Thursday November 2nd, 4pm – 7pm at the Flatiron Room, 37 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010
We are so excited to announce our final 2017 TJFP fellow, Mattee Jim!
Mattee is of the Zuni People Clan and born for the Towering House People Clan, this is how she identifies herself as a Navajo Person. Mattee currently works as a Supervisor for HIV Prevention Programs for First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, NM. Mattee is also a Board Member for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and A member of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Native LGBTQ. Mattee has been Blessed to have many years of Sobriety and also takes honor in being a Mentor, Advocate, role model, Trainer, Consultant, Leader, and a Strong Native Transgender Woman.
We are so looking forward to spending time and learning from your brilliance!
TJFP 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!
As we prepare for our community-led grantmaking weekend, we’ve been keeping in our hearts the amazing trans justice activists and organizers who are fiercely dedicated to social justice. From the activists protesting the hateful anti-trans bills popping up across the country to the trans-led support groups in small towns keeping each other safe and healthy–we are deeply grateful for the movement.
Over the past year, TJFP has been on our “From the Ground to the Sky” listening tour, sitting with trans activists and organizers to learn more about their important work. This past winter, we had the pleasure of hearing from Renae Gray, a Native American trans activist from Gallup, NM. Her story inspires us to continue to work together as a movement for trans justice, because “we shouldn’t have to go through these challenges alone.”
Fabian Romero, 2016 TJFP Panelist
A very warm welcome to TJFP’s third 2016 panelist, Fabian Romero.
Fabian is a Queer Indigenous writer, performance artist and activist. They co-founded and participated in several writing and performance groups including Hijas de Su Madre, Las Mamalogues and Mixed Messages: Stories by People of Color. Their sincere writing stems from their intersections of privileges and marginalizations. You can read their work in several zines and publications including Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity, Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of our Lives and in Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices. Fabian was born in Michoacán, Mexico and came to North America when they were seven years old. Since 2007 they have performed and facilitated workshops throughout North America. They have a BA with a focus in Social Justice Writing and Education and will be pursuing a higher ed degree, TBD. Find more of their work at fabianromero.com.
Looking forward to your brilliance Fabian!
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.
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.