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.”
After nearly nine hours on the road–heading towards New Mexico from Oklahoma, TJFP arrived to a very warm welcome in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
While in Albuquerque we had the pleasure of sitting down with former grantees, the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. We enjoyed a sweet community dinner with local activists, TJFP friends and family. And of course we had to make a stop at the Albuquerque staple, Frontier Restaurant.
After saying our goodbyes, we set our GPS for Gallup, New Mexico to meet with local Navajo advocate and activist, Renae Grey. We sat outside in sunny downtown Gallup and listened as Renae spoke of her experience working as an advocate for other Native transgender people and what it’s like to organize in a small town.
Thank you New Mexico for all of your hospitality, community support and energy you dedicate towards Trans Justice.
Stay tuned as we our share highlights from our next stop, Phoenix, Arizona!