Thank you Nina Chaubal for saying “Yes!” to joining TJFP’s 2017 funding team!
Nina Chaubal is a queer, South Asian trans woman who is the co-founder and Director of Operations of Trans Lifeline – the first national crisis hotline for transgender people by transgender people. Her work focuses on preventing suicide and building a more resilient trans community. An immigrant from India, Nina also works on issues facing trans immigrants. Prior to her work with Trans Lifeline, Nina was a software engineer on Google’s Search team. As Trans Lifeline’s resident geek she has used her technical and entrepreneurial skills to provide resources, build community and draw attention to issues faced by trans people. In whatever counts as her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, building all kinds of things with her wife Greta, complaining about bad user interfaces and obsessing about dumplings.
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A very warm welcome to TJFP’s second 2017 Community Grantmaking Fellow, Wriply Marie Bennet.
Wriply Marie Bennet is a painter and illustrator, born and raised in Ohio. She uses her art to uplift her sisters in the black lives/ black transgender lives movement. She works in ink, watercolor and other mediums, and her art comes from an untrained perspective. She never aspired to attend college to study art, and there are no degrees to speak of other than a high school diploma. Her art is proudly self-taught. Her organizing work started with the Trans Women of Color Coalition, and she has been an activist since Ferguson, where she was a freedom rider traveling to stand with the family and community of Mike Brown. Wriply’s work expresses the power, strength, and resilience that trans women of color have to persevere, and the grace and beauty of her culture. Her work uplifts the young black trans women we’ve lost and continue to lose every year, and sheds light on the fact that there has been no national outcry. Wriply’s art has been used in countless social justice flyers, and in November will be making its first film debut in MAJOR!, a documentary at the 2015 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Wriply is much more than a visual artist; she’s also a singer/song writer, actor, screenplay writer, story teller, cartoonist, and fashion designer. She continues to work and fight for justice! For art will travel.
TJFP is so excited to introduce the first of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Cathy Kapua!
Cathy Kapua hails from O`ahu, Hawaii and has worked with the transgender community since 2003. Cathy started as a Peer Educator and Employment Specialist at a transgender social service organization called Kulia Na Mamo. She then moved on to become an HIV Prevention Specialist at the Life Foundation working with transgender women who engage in survival sex work. Cathy has since worked on several federally funded projects specific for the transgender community and has provided culturally competency trainings to medical service providers in an effort of raising awareness of the needs of the transgender community in Hawaii. Cathy is currently the Kuaana Project Coordinator at the Life Foundation offering a variety of social services to the Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Island transcommunity by utilizing peers to empower others within the transgender community. Being a role model for the young transgender community in Hawai`i drives Cathy’s passion to continue her advocacy within the healthcare and social service fields. For more information on the Kuaana Project, please visit the website at www.kuaanaproject.org
We’re looking forward to building with you Cathy!
“I so appreciate the vision of the Trans Justice Funding Project. The idea that small grassroots organizations finally has someone who hears and understands us…”–TJFP Grantee
TJFP is about investing in trans communities making decisions by and for ourselves. Over the last four years, we’ve received 486 applications, and raised and given away over 315 grants totaling more than $800,000 to trans-led trans justice groups through our community-led process.
Find out if your group is eligible to apply for a grant here and check out TJFP’s directory of trans-led trans justice groups that have applied in the past. There is so much brilliance in our communities and we’re here to help support the growth and sustainability of our trans justice movement. And we understand that the work can take many shapes and often looks different across regions.
We look forward to your application and to learning more about how you define trans justice! Thank you for all that you do to keep our communities safe and thriving.
The 2017 grant application deadline is tomorrow, February 15th, 2017 at midnight Eastern Standard Time.