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Introducing our new staff member, Marin Watts!

Over the past few years TJFP has been lucky to have worked with some of the greatest hearts and minds committed to trans justice.

Many of you know that our beloved co-founder, Karen Pittelman has been working tirelessly behind the scenes as a full time volunteer staff member since TJFP’s inception, making it what it is today! As Karen thoughtfully steps down from her role as Administrative Coordinator, it is a great honor to introduce Marin Watts as our new Director of Operations and Communications!

Marin has supported TJFP in numerous ways over the past two years and we’re delighted to have his experience, talents and bright spirit on the team. Please join us in celebrating this major transition as Karen passes the torch and we welcome Marin on board!

A few words from Marin:

I am very excited to be joining the Trans Justice Funding Project’s team as the Director of Operations and Communications! I’m a queer/trans/Filipino multimedia artist and educator from the South, and am deeply committed to social justice and supporting the trans community.

Marin WattsI’ve been volunteering as a videographer at TJFP since 2014, documenting the annual community-led grant-making process and the work being done by grantee organizations across the country. I’ve met and conducted interviews with community activists and organizers around the country working towards trans justice, and heard stories and strategies around what trans justice looks like in their local communities. I was later invited to participate in the 2015 Community Funding panel, where we funded over 87 trans led groups across the U.S. Following that, I teamed up with TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky Tour, and have been a part of building relationships with grantees and conducting interviews with grassroots groups in rural communities.

Before joining TJFP’s team, I co-founded Media Masters Alliance—a media arts and mentorship program for LGBTQ and allied youth, and worked on building communications and community outreach strategies at Artstor—a digital library and archive. I’ve spent the years working with homeless youth, and providing arts education and support to LGBTQ youth.

I am so thrilled to be able to dedicate my time and skills to an organization that I feel passionately about. I’m truly inspired by the community of trans-led grassroots organizers and activists that we support at Trans Justice Funding Project!

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Announcing the 2015 TJFP Grantees!

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The 2015 TJFP grantmaking team and TJFP staff

It really happened!

Congratulations to everyone who applied and to this years grantees!

Even though we weren’t able to fund all of the incredible trans justice groups who applied, we’re ecstatic that we were able to distribute $200,000 amongst 87 groups!

Every year we continue to grow thanks to tremendous community support.   We are always amazed by you and always extremely grateful.

Please stay tuned to view all 2015 applicants who met our criteria. Whether groups received a grant or not, their work is equally important and will be added to our directory.  It’s about supporting AND mapping trans justice!

Finally, a very special thank you to our community grantmaking panel (and team) who read each and every application and put so much love into the entire grant making process.  Ruby, Trudie, M’Bwende, Mel, Colin, Marin, Nico, Andrea and Rebecca, you were one brilliant and hardworking crew.  What a pleasure it was to work with you.

And now, the grantees…

Arizona

$5000  Arcoíris Liberation Team, Phoenix, AZ

$2500  Arizona Queer and Undocumented Immigrant Project,  Phoenix, AZ

$5000  Mariposas Sin Fronteras (Butterflies Without Borders),  Tucson, AZ

$1000  Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson, AZ

 

Arkansas 

$2500  Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, Little Rock, AR

 

California 

$1000 Criminal Queers Film, San Francisco, CA

$5000  Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles, CA

$2500  Immigrant Youth Coalition, Los Angeles, CA

$2500  MAJOR! A New Documentary Film, San Francisco, CA

$1000  S.G. Reichen Trans Assistance Fund, San Diego, CA

$1000  San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

$5000  T-FFED: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders, Los Angeles, CA

$1000  Trans Lifeline, San Francisco, CA

$1000  Trans Student Educational Resources, Claremont, CA

$1000  Trans Worker Center, Long Beach, CA

$5000  Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), San Francisco, CA

$1000  The Altar: Ki’tay Lives, Los Angeles, CA

 

Colorado 

$1000  Boulder Pride/Out Boulder, Boulder, CO

$1000  Colorado Springs Queer Collective, Parker, CO

 

Washington DC

$1000  OTHER (Organization for Transgender Health & Employment Resources), Washington, DC

 

Florida

$2500  Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach, FL

 

Georgia

$2500  JustUsATL, Atlanta, GA

$5000  LaGender Inc., East Point, GA

$2500  Trans(forming), East Point, GA

$1000  Unheard Voices, Roswell, GA

 

Illinois 

$1000  GenderNexus, Inc., Pendleton, IN

$2500  Invisible to Invincible API Pride of Chicago, Chicago, IL

$1000  RAD Remedy, Chicago, IL

$2500  Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago, IL

 

Kentucky 

$1000  TSTAR, Louisville, KY

 

Louisiana

$2500  New Legacy Ministries, New Orleans, LA

 

Maryland 

$5000  Sistas of the “t”, Baltimore, MD
$2500  Trans Women of Color Coalition, Baltimore, MD

 

Maine

$1000  Maine Transgender Network, Kennebunkport, ME

 

Minneapolis

$1000  20% Theatre Company Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

 

Michigan 

$2500  Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit, MI

$1000  Trans* Leadership Project, Okemos, MI

 

Missouri

$2500  Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St Louis, MO

$5000  The Sisterhood (Missouri GSA Network), St Louis, MO

Mississippi

$1000  Bois of the Sippi, Corinth, MS

 

Montana 

$2500  Gender Expansion Project, Missoula, MT

$5000  Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula, MT

 

North Carolina

$5000  HendFact Henderson (Henderson Fuerza Activa), Henderson, NC

$1000  Transformers, Asheville, NC

$1000  Tranzmission, Asheville, NC

 

New Mexico

$5000  Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

 

Nevada 

$2500  Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
$1000  Transgender Allies Group, Reno, NV

 

New York 

$2500  Black Trans Media, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Community Kinship Life (CK Life), Bronx, NY

$5000  Translatina Network, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Destination Tomorrow, Bronx, NY

$1000  New York City Trans Oral History Project, New York, NY

$1000  DOPE Collective/TRANSgressions, Buffalo, NY

$5000  Jay’s House, Brooklyn, NY

$5000  Lorena Borjas Community Fund, Jackson Heights, NY

$5000  Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Brooklyn, NY

$2500  Star People Film, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Third Root Education Exchange, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Trans in Action, New York, NY

 

Ohio

$1000  Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati, OH

$1000  Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH

$1000  TransOhio, Inc., Columbus, OH

 

Oregon 

$1000  The Bridgewalkers Committee, Portland, OR

$1000  TransActive Gender Center, Portland, OR

$1000  Lower Columbia Gender Alliance, Astoria, OR

$1000  NW Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp (TWAC), Portland, OR

$5000  Trans Health PDX, Portland, OR

 

Pennsylvania 

$1000  Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Lehigh Valley, PA

$2500  Garden of Peace Project, Homestead, PA

 

Rhode Island 

$1000  TGI Network of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

 

South Carolina 

$2500  We Are Family’s Trans* Love Fund, Charleston, SC

 

Tennessee 

$5000  Tennessee Trans Journey Project, Nashville, TN

 

Texas 

$5000  Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas, TX

$1000  Transgender Education Network of Texas, College Station, TX

$2500  allgo, Austin, TX

$2500  Black Transmen Inc, Dallas, TX

$5000  Cicada Collective, Lewisville, TX

$1000  Gender Infinity, Houston, TX

$1000  Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic – Houston, Houston, TX

 

Utah 

$1000  Outreach Resource Centers, Ogden, UT
$1000  Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
$2500  TransAction Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Vermont 

$1000  Green Mountain Crossroads, Brattleboro, VT
$1000  Trans*farming VT, Burlington, VT

 

Washington 

$1000  Trans Advocacy Group Olympia, Olympia, WA

 

Wisconsin 

$1000  WI Trans Health, Madison, WI

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Introducing 2015 TJFP Panelist, Marin Watts!

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Marin Watts, 2015 TJFP Panelist

Completing the 2015 TJFP all-star grant making team is.. long time TJFP volunteer, Marin Watts!

Marin is a queer trans Filipino-American videographer, artist, and media educator living and working in East Harlem, NY. Culturally rooted in the American South, with family ties to the Philippines, he uses video, photography, and textiles to explore the intersections of culture, gender, and ethnicity within his artistic practice. His work has been exhibited in Atlanta, San Francisco, and New York as well as internationally in the UK.

In addition to his artistic work he is tireless advocate for social justice, with a particular emphasis on media education and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and gender non-conforming communities. He’s spent the last decade working with homeless populations, and providing arts and media education and support to LGBTQ youth. As an educator, he focuses on LGBTQ youth programming and media education. He believes art and media can have tremendous transformative effects on how youth view and value themselves, and that it is critical that young people see themselves reflected in the media. He’s committed to helping young people find their voice, harness their stories, and change the landscape of queer media.

TJFP has loved working with you over the last year and we cannot wait to have you at the decision making table, Marin!

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TJFP on camera! Who are we and what do we do?

Check it out, it’s our film debut!

Thanks to the Trans Justice Funding Project’s awesome volunteer Marin Watts,  you can now watch this video to learn what TJFP is all about, how it works and who you’ve been supporting.

2015 applications (in English and Spanish) are open now and due February 15th!

Help us get the word out to even more trans justice groups (with and without non-profit status) and raise more money to fund them!  Please share widely.

This video has closed captioning.

 

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TJFP Behind the Scenes: Meet Marin Watts

Like many grassroots efforts, volunteers and interns are an essential. It takes a lot of love and people power to make things happen. Allow us to introduce one of our behind the scenes magic makers, Marin Watts.

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Marin Watts, TJFP Volunteer

Multi-media artist, Marin Watts first sat down with TJFP in May of 2014 to brainstorm using media to make TJFP more visible.  Since then he’s generously volunteered his time and skills, documenting TJFP through photographs and film.  Marin lives in East Harlem, New York.

Why did you decide to volunteer with TJFP? I am committed to trans justice and fully support TJFP’s mission and goals. There is a tremendous lack of support for LGB organizations and projects, and an even bigger lack for organizations focusing on trans issues. To help promote trans justice and leadership, I’m dedicating my media skills to help increasing financial support for the trans community, and raise awareness of the amazing trans-led work already being done across the country. I volunteer with TJFP because my contributions extend to support to a larger network of trans-led projects across the country.

Why is trans justice work or funding trans justice work important to you? As a queer transman of color, I’ve overcome multiple obstacles in my life and have done so with the help of family, friends, and a larger network of community members. The trans community is underserved and is faced with a numerous road blocks. In my personal experiences, there has been multiple projects, services, and support groups, centered around trans justice that have helped me survive and thrive and also continue to motivate and inspire my work.

Since becoming a volunteer for TJFP/becoming a part of the organization, is there anything have you learned? Through TJFP’s process, they are creating a map of all these amazing organizations and projects that are involved in the movement! Although there is a lack of support for the trans community, folks are getting the work done. There is a lot of amazing work being done around the country that supports the trans community, and people are making it happen with very little resources, and when they have access to even just a little bit more funds, the work that can be accomplished is huge! Totally inspiring!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time and/or what do you do when you’re not volunteering at TJFP?  I’m a multimedia artist and I run Media MA—an organization that empowers LGBTQ and allied youth through media! I really enjoy drinking good wine, eating delicious food, and hanging with my family and friends. I’m a very active bidder on Polaroid Spectra film on eBay, and am very seriously working on improving my BBQ and grill skills.

Thank you Marin for sharing your creativity and talents to document trans justice in action!  We continue to delight in working with you. 

 

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Trans Justice Funding Project announces its 2014 Grantees!

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TJFP’s 2014 community activist grant making panel, intern and                co-organizers. Photo credit: Marin Watts

The Trans Justice Funding Project is excited to announce the 2014 grantees!

This year we received 106 applications from grassroots, trans-led groups located in rural areas and small towns, urban hubs and suburban areas, all with budgets under $250,000. Our panel of community activists representing six different regions met at the end of April to discuss all the applications and make the funding decisions.You can read more about our panel and our process at transjusticefundingproject.org.

Because of the hundreds of generous donations that came in amounts from $1 to $25 up to even $50,000, we were able to raise almost three times as much as we did in 2013. This meant that for our 2014 funding cycle we we are distributing $150,000. This May, 68 groups will receive $2,200 each!

Almost half of the groups funded had budgets of $10,000 or less, and many had no budget at all, running purely on volunteer energy. Other groups with budgets large enough to support a small staff were doing a lot with very little. 25% of the groups we funded this year were also unincorporated—they were not 501(c)3s and did not have fiscal sponsors. We believe that funding small, unincorporated groups is a crucial part of supporting grassroots work, and thanks to the many donors who gave through our new structure, we’ll be able to write checks to these groups with a minimum of red tape!

All of the groups that applied this year presented a strong case for how deeply trans justice work is needed.nBecause we believe it’s important to celebrate and map this work, this summer we will once again release a directory of all applicants who met our criteria both online and in our upcoming 2014 report. So please stay tuned!

Whether you were an applicant, a grantee, a community panelist, a volunteer, a donor, or someone who helped spread the word and cheered us on, thank you for your commitment to supporting and believing in trans leadership.

The 2014 TJFP grantees are:

Camp Born This Way, Tucson, AZ

Fluxx Studio & Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Trans*H4CK, Oakland, CA

La Oportunidad, Los Angeles, CA

Trans Women of Color Network Gathering, San Leandro, CA

Trans United with Family and Friends, Los Angeles, CA

Transitions: A Residence for the Trans* Community, Oakland, CA

San Diego Gender Coalition, San Diego, CA

Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles, CA

MAJOR! San Francisco, CA

Casa Ruby, Inc, Washington, DC

Trans-Miami, Miami Beach, FL

Trans(forming), Atlanta, GA

LaGender, Eastpoint, GA

JustUsATL, Atlanta, GA

TransGeorgia Legal Aid, Athens, GA

Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta, Marietta, GA

Transformations, Des Moines, IA

WeHappyTrans.com, Chicago, IL

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Affinity Community Services, Chicago, IL

Youth Empowerment Performance Project, Chicago, IL

BreakOUT! New Orleans, LA

West Suburban Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth (WAGLY), Wellesley Hills, MA

BodyImage4Justice, Boston, MA

Black and Pink, Dorchester, MA

Transgender Day of Remembrance Unite! Roslindale, MA

Bois of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland

Detroit REPRESENT! Detroit, MI

Shades of Yellow (SOY), St Paul, MN

Visible Bodies: Twin Cities, St Paul, MN

Trans Youth Support Network (TYSN), Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis, MN

Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St Louis, MO

Missouri GSA NetWork, St Louis, MS

Gender Expansion Project, Missoula, MT

Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula, MT

Trans* People of Color Coalition, Charlotte, NC

Transgender New Hampshire, Dover, NH

Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater New York, East Orange, NJ

Hudson Pride Connections Center, Jersey City, NJ

Transfaith, Lawrenceville, NJ

National Native Transgender Network, Albuquerque, NM

Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Otter Activism, New York, NY

Project I Am Enough, Baldwin, NY

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Brooklyn, NY

PRYDE-A Project of Make the Road New York, Jackson Heights, NY

Destination Tomorrow, Brooklyn, NY

Third Root Education Exchange, Brooklyn, NY

Heartland Trans* Wellness Group, Cincinnati, OH

Margie’s Hope, Akron, OH

Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia, PA

Sisterly L.O.V.E, Philadelphia, PA

SC TransAction, Columbia, SC

The STAY Project, New Market, TN

Cicada Collective, Denton, TX

Allgo, Austin, TX

Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas, TX

Black Transmen Inc, Dallas, TX

OUTreach Resource Center, Inc., Ogden, UT

HomoPromo, Brattleboro, VT

Gender Justice League, Seattle, WA

First Rain, Seattle, WA

Prison Doula Project, Olympia, WA

Stonewall Youth, Olympia, WA

United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance, Seattle, WA

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