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The US Trans Survey is up and waiting for you!

As the follow-up to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey will become 11894394_10152955748266990_7710098521311727749_oour community’s go-to source for information about the lives and experiences of trans people.

More than 6,400 people took the NTDS, and over 13,000 people have already pledged to take the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey. But we need to make sure everyone who pledged completes the survey.

Take the survey if you can!  USTransSurvey.org

La encuesta también está disponible en español

This survey is for people who:

(1) Are transgender, trans, genderqueer, or non-binary
(2) Are 18 years or older
(3) Currently live in the U.S., U.S. territories, or on a U.S. military base abroad
If you do not meet the above criteria, please do not take the survey.

Esta encuesta es para personas que:
(1) Son personas transgénero, trans, genderqueer, o no-binario
(2) Son 18 años de edad o más
(3) Vive actualmente en los Estados Unidos, territorios estadounidenses, o en una base militar estadounidense en el extranjero
Si usted no cumple con los criterios anteriores, por favor, no participe en la encuesta.

Please spread the survey far and wide!

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I interrupted Obama because we need to be heard


Jennicet Gutiérrez challenges Obama calling for an end to deportations.

At yesterday’s White House Pride Reception, activist Jennicet Gutiérrez spoke up and spoke loudly, interrupting President Obama’s speech to call attention the discrimination and violence trans immigrants are experiencing.  Gutiérrez is an undocumented trans Latina leader with FAMILIA TQLM in the campaign for #Not1More lgbtq deportation.  Unwilling to be shushed or silenced, Jennicet Gutiérrez was escorted out of the press conference.

This morning the Washingtonblade.com released an article written by Ms. Gutiérrez.

She writes, “It is heartbreaking to see how raising these issues were received by the president and by those in attendance. In the tradition of how Pride started, I interrupted his speech because it is time for our issues and struggles to be heard. I stood for what is right. Instead of silencing our voices, President Obama can also stand and do the right thing for our immigrant LGBTQ community”.

View the full article here.

Click here for press conference footage and the Democracy Now interview with Gutiérrez.


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Love and Solidarity


Shirt: “My existance is resistance” Image via Not1More

Trans Activists Blockade Road Outside Immigration Detention Center

Yesterday in Santa Ana, California Trans rights, immigrant rights & LGBTQ leaders took over the intersection of Flower and Civic Center, near the detention center in Santa Ana that holds transgender detainees.

“For too long our communities have been experiencing oppression through its immigration system. With each presidential administration advocates rally and push for reform measures and some lose sight of the broader vision for liberation. We are here today to uplift these broader demands of liberation; an end to detention centers and the criminalization of our transgender, gender non-conforming and queer communities. Trans women today are at the front-lines and showing up for our communities because our lives are on the line.” -Isa Noyola, Program Manager at the Transgender Law Center

TJPF is feeling a tremendous amount of love and respect for our friends, colleagues and community members out there literally putting their very lives and bodies at risk to say enough is enough!

View the full article here.


Isa Noyola getting arrested. Image via Not1More


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Casa Ruby featured in NPR!


Kiara Campos (left), 25, originally from El Salvador, and Kiera Atkins, 40, smoke on the porch of a transitional group home for transgender adults who are trying to get on their feet. Lexey Swall/GRAIN for NPR

As part of an NPR series about individuals who don’t have much money but do have a big impact on their communities, the heartfelt work of TJFP grantees (2013 and 2014), Casa Ruby was front and center.

The article also highlighted Casa Ruby founder and executive director, Ruby Corado.   This spring TJFP had the opportunity to work closely with Ruby, along with five other extremely dedicated panelists from across the U.S. as they selected the 2015 grantees.

In the NPR article, Casa Ruby Is A ‘Chosen Family’ For Trans People Who Need A Home the author writes,  “So three years ago, Corado opened Casa Ruby using her own money, a lump sum payment she received from winning a disability case after she was attacked.

Today, Casa Ruby is a growing nonprofit. But more than anything, it’s a haven for many in the transgender community.

Inside the house there are posters reminding people to get checked for HIV. Clients can meet with counselors, who speak English and Spanish. Downstairs there’s a drop in center, with purple walls and stuffed teddy bears on the window sill, and free food for anyone who’s hungry.”

To view or listen to the full article, go here.

Congratulations to you Ruby and everyone at Casa Ruby!  TJFP is so happy we were able to be one of your very first grants!


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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…


$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



$2500  Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, Little Rock, AR



$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



$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



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



$2500  JustUsATL, Atlanta, GA

$5000  LaGender Inc., East Point, GA

$2500  Trans(forming), East Point, GA

$1000  Unheard Voices, Roswell, GA



$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



$1000  TSTAR, Louisville, KY



$2500  New Legacy Ministries, New Orleans, LA



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



$1000  Maine Transgender Network, Kennebunkport, ME



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



$2500  Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit, MI

$1000  Trans* Leadership Project, Okemos, MI



$2500  Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St Louis, MO

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


$1000  Bois of the Sippi, Corinth, MS



$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



$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



$1000  Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati, OH

$1000  Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH

$1000  TransOhio, Inc., Columbus, OH



$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



$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



$5000  Tennessee Trans Journey Project, Nashville, TN



$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



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



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



$1000  Trans Advocacy Group Olympia, Olympia, WA



$1000  WI Trans Health, Madison, WI

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TJFP Grant Making Panel Meets in New York!


2015 TJFP panelists and staff

After several weeks of reviewing over 140 applications, the TJFP community grantmaking panel has arrived in New York City!  All weekend long we’ve been deep in final application review and inspiring conversation.

We may not have all known each other prior to this weekend but we’re certainly leaving with new relationships and a renewed love for trans justice.

Thank you to everyone who applied!  We are so humbled by ALL of you and your work!

More updates coming soon!

#transjusticegiving #coinsforourcommunity


TJFP 2015 Panelists, Trudie Jackson (left) and Mel Goodwin (right).



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From the Ground to the Sky… WE DID IT!

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You made it happen with us!

It happened!  It really happened!

Last night we met our April Fundraising Campaign goal, raising just a little over $15,000.

Do you know what that means?

Because of you, TJFP donors and supporters, this weekend our community grantmaking panel will be able to move $200,000 directly to grassroots, trans-led, trans justice groups and organizations.

I repeat, this happened because of you! Thank you for believing in us for another year.

TJFP has the very BEST community and we love you everyday for it. We hope you feel as proud of all of this as we do.

Please stay tuned for pictures and updates and we roll up our sleeves to do some grantmaking.

It feels so good to be building trans justice with you, from the ground to the sky!


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Don’t Stop Believing! Just $1,014 to go!

Amazing!  People are really amazing!

A huge thank you to everyone who’s already donated, reposted or tweeted about our April Fundraising Campaign.

What you can’t see from the counter on our fundraising page (because it only reflects paypal donations) is that we are now just $1,014 away from raising $15,000 in one month!

We’re on the edge of our seats with our fingers crossed that by midnight tonight we’ll have met our goal.  If you have been thinking about making a donation of $1, $5, $50 or more to support trans led, grassroots, trans justice groups and organizations around the country… here’s your chance!

Keep believing with us!

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A Note From My Mother


TJPF director, Gabriel Foster with his mother and TJFP donor, Consuela Foster

As the director of the Trans Justice Funding Project please bare with me as I take a moment to get a little personal.

Yesterday I received this message from my mother, one of the biggest supporters I have ever had.

She wrote, “Count me in. I will donate today. I look forward to being able to help the trans communities throughout this country find the services & opportunities so desperately needed in their lives daily to have a safe & fair living environment. May TJFP be in our lives for a long, long time.”

I’m sharing this with you because I think this is an extraordinary example of what trans justice looks like. Sometimes trans justice means marching in the streets, getting our people organized and fighting for big wins. And sometimes trans justice is being and ally that wants to make sure trans communities have what they need to survive.

TJFP excepts donations all year round but as we are approaching the end of our April Fundraising Campaign, please consider helping us make our $15,000 goal by THIS THURSDAY.

Every little bit goes a long way!

#transjusticegiving #coinsforourcommunity


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TJFP April Fundraising Campaign Update: So far we’ve raised $4,964!  Can we do it?  Can we make our $15,000 goal by THIS Thursday?  If we meet our goal then next weekend the community panel will able to give away $200,000 to grassroots, trans-led, trans justice groups and organizations across the country.

What a feeling that would be!  Join in today!  There’s no donation too big or too small!

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