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The passing of TJFP alumni Stephanie Mott

A few weeks ago we were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of long time TJFP grantee and 2016 TJFP grantmaking panelist, Stephanie Mott. 

I remember the first time I met Stephanie Mott. Soft spoken and kind. At that time she was the first out, trans activist from Topeka, Kansas I had ever met. Like so many trans warriors who organize statewide and in rural communities, she got in her car time after time, traveling mile after mile providing training after training in service of trans justice.

Having family roots in the Midwest and also in Kansas, I could envision the flat lands and highways she must have traveled along to make a difference wherever she could.

The Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP), an organization that Stephanie founded and served as the executive director was one of TJFP’s very first grantee’s in 2013. So it was a pleasure to invite Stephanie to be on the other side of our funding project by joining our 2105 community grant making panel. It was there that we were fortunate to get to know her better and learn more about her great love for her community.

In addition to being the Executive Director and President of K-STEP, she was also the Founder and Director of the Transgender Faith Tour. She had been a columnist for Liberty Press and a volunteer blogger for Huffington Post. Stephanie published more than 100 articles about being transgender, and as the Executive Director of K-STEP she participated in nearly 400 workshops and presentations related to gender identity in venues from college classrooms and mental health centers, to jails and prisons.

Additionally, Stephanie achieved a major accomplishment just last month by earning her certification as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She also served as the Vice Chair of Equality Kansas and chaired the LGBTQ caucus of the Kansas Democrats.

In 2017 article Stephanie wrote for the Huffington Post titled, Becoming A 60-Year-Old Transgender Activist, she wrote, “As an activist who found her activism later in life, I know there are many younger activists who have been doing this longer than I have. I also know when I started doing activism in Kansas, there were few transgender footsteps for me to follow. Today, there are many trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) activists across the state. Their messages are changing hearts and minds wherever they raise their voices. It does my heart good to see this in ever-increasing numbers. I did not set out to become an activist. I simply knew I could not be silent in the face of oppression and marginalization. Then one day someone referred to me as an activist, and I realized it was true.”

On behalf of TJFP, we thank you Stephanie for your endless commitment to justice, your tenderness, compassion and generosity, and for finding the activist in yourself.

Your impact will continue to be felt and you will live on as our beloved trans ancestor.

With a tremendous amount of love and respect,

Gabriel Foster

 

 

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Our Journey Home, The TJFP 2016 Annual Report is out!

It’s here!

Check out the ONE HUNDRED AND TWO fabulous 2016 grantees, review articles, interviews, infographics and so much more. This report is filled with groups and information you just can’t find anywhere else. Please enjoy and feel free to share widely!

Cover art by Micah Bazant, www.micahbazant.com

 

 

“Being part of the 2016 funding panel had so much meaning for me, far beyond the honor of being asked to serve. I’m not sure how TJFP did it, but the mix of lived experiences in this group of panelists seemed like it had been orchestrated with great skill. We worked together — we agreed, we disagreed, and we agreed to disagree. But I don’t believe there was a moment in which I didn’t see the dedication and commitment from each of the panelists.”

-Stephanie Mott, TJFP 2016 Panelist

And don’t forget, this year we’re hoping to spread the love through resources more then ever.  If you can, please make your donation today to help us raise 50K by 5/25 for trans justice! Even $1 matters!

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Introducing 2016 TJFP Panelist, Stephanie Mott!

Stephanie Mott, 2016 TJFP Panelist

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!

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