We are tremendously saddened to share the passing of trans activist, Ms. Cheryl Courtney-Evans. Ms. Cheryl joined the TJFP team in 2013 as one of our very first community grant making panelists.
TJFP Community Grant Making Panel and Staff, 2013
In 2014, TJFP interviewed her about the work of Trans Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT).
The interviewer writes, “TILTT is dedicated to creating visibility. For the first time, they were able to represent and participate in Atlanta Pride by having their own booth at the festival. Ms. Cheryl used some of the TJFP funds to make TILTT their very first banner which they marched proudly with in the Trans March. For many members it was their first time being in a pride march. She proudly told me, “At the end of the two days, I felt like we really accomplished something and that it was critical that we were there.”
Ms. Cheryl’s vision and boldness is a gift to us all and it was absolutely critical that she was here. We survive because of her and TJFP will forever hold Ms. Cheryl in our hearts.
“The massacre in Orlando was a dramatic punctuation of what is now a clear backlash to progressive advances.. From increased and persistent violence against LGBTQ people, especially Trans and Gender Non Conforming people of color; religious liberty campaigns, the anti trans bills and the vitriol stirred up during this Presidential election – it is critical we take action as a community to take care, defend and protect ourselves..
We cannot allow this backlash that seeks to send us into the shadows.”
Dear TJFP friends and family,
In the midst of the onslaught of overwhelming violence against people of color, it’s important to be aware of resources and tools that we have to increase safety within our communities. Here are some great safety tips (in English and Spanish) to make note of. Please read and share, Community Safety Tips for Pride, Community Centers, Parties and Events written by Tasha Amezcua (The Audre Lorde Project), Ejeris Dixon (Vision Change Win Consulting), Marisa Franco (Mijente), Elliot Fukui (Transgender Law Center).
“Transgender, gender nonconforming, and LGB Latinx communities and communities of color have always protected each other — and the stories from Orlando will tell you the same. In this moment of increased policing and militarization of our community spaces, we continue to build community and develop ways to extend our conversations about the many real threats we face in our homes and community spaces.”
Dear TJFP family and community,
For those of us who are struggling with holding the complexities of grief, pain, and fear with a desire to stay close during such devestatingly violent times, here is a wonderfully smart article (in English and Spanish) offering thoughts and resources for community safety. Please read and share, Safety in the wake of Orlando — community, not police written by Collette Carter in coordination with the ACLU, The Audre Lorde Project, The New York City Anti-Violence Project, Mijente, Southerners On New Ground, National Lawyers Guild, Vision Change Win, BYP100, and Transgender Law Center.
In a little over a month, we’ve made it halfway to our goal of $25,000. We know we can get there, so we’re extending the fundraiser deadline to 5/12/2016–the day before the 2016 TJFP grantmaking panel of activists meet in Brooklyn, NY.
We are very grateful for all the love and support our community has shown for grassroots trans justice! Thank you to those of you who have donated to TJFP’s 2016 grantees!
From $1 to $50,000, there’s no donation too big or too small.Every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees!
We can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be joined by Elle Hearns!
Elle Hearns, 2016 TJFP Panelist
Elle is a revolutionary organizer, freedom fighter and strategy expert. Elle has spent a lifetime committed to ensuring marginalized voices are centered and reflected in today’s society. Elle is a highly noted public speaker, facilitator, trainer and writer. She’s well known for her work in mobilizing communities, rapid response, and campaign development. As an organizer Elle spearheaded notable grassroots efforts such as Trans Liberation Tuesday,and digital campaigns More Than Marriage, and Raise the Debate. She also served as a lead organizer of The Movement for Black Lives convening. Elle currently is a organizing coordinator for Black Lives Matter where she’s been a strategic partner since its organizational inception. She previously served as the Central Region Coordinator for the grassroots organization GetEQUAL and is the former creative director for TWOCC (Trans Women of Color Collective). Elle’s experience has influenced the ways in which social justice movements are perceived today. Elle’s writings have been featured in TruthOut, Huffington Post, and Ebony. Her remarkable work has been chronicled by several publications including Time, CNN, MTV, The New York Times, Alternet, Democracy Now, The Daily Dot,Jet magazine, Fusion, Essence Magazine, Telesur English and The Washington Post. Elle hails from Columbus, OH and currently lives in Washington D.C.
Asher Kolieboi, 2016 TJFP Panelist
TJFP is excited to introduce the first of our six grant making panelists, Asher Kolieboi!
Asher hails from Saint Louis, Missouri, by way of Monrovia, Liberia. A longtime LGBTQ and racial justice community organizer, Asher currently serves as the Assistant University Chaplain at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his work as a minister, Asher has worked with the National LGBT Task Force, Planned Parenthood, the Center For Progressive Leadership, and the Trans 100. Asher co-organized the 2010 Soulforce Equality Ride, a two-month bus tour of young adults ages 18-28 who traveled to Christian colleges and universities to discuss the intersections of LGBTQ identities and faith. Later that year, he co-founded Legalize Trans, a trans affirming t-shirt company and social media campaign. In 2011 Asher launched (un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color Speak! An ethnographic audio-visual installation about the experiences of transmasculine people of color that debuted at Princeton University that year.
We are so excited to be able to share space and learn from you Asher!
Last weekend, Transgender Law Center and Trans Justice Funding Project proudly hosted a National Training Institute for a cohort of transgender and gender nonconforming leaders from 11 states facing anti-trans legislation. After two packed and inspiring days of training, strategizing, and connection, we’re excited to continue working with and expanding this cohort to build a national movement of TGNC leaders to take on these immediate attacks AND fight for a long-term vision of liberation for all of our communities.
Videos and lessons from this weekend coming soon!
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!