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Congratulations to our long time grantee and 2020 Grantmaking Fellow, Kayla Gore and My Sistah’s House!

A HUGE shout out to 2020 TJFP Grantmaking Fellow and long time TJFP grantee, Kayla Gore of My Sistah’s House!

“Kayla Gore’s initial idea was to build some single residential units in the garden of My Sistah’s House, which provides emergency housing for trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people in Memphis, and which predominantly serves trans women of color. Gore, the organization’s co-founder and executive director, wanted these so-called “tiny homes” to be temporary safe spaces to be used while residents found full-time homes.
Then Gore had another idea: to build a small community in Memphis with 20 homes to house trans women of color, who, said Gore, are at higher risk of violence and discrimination when attempting to access housing.”

This tiny house project is anything but tiny! Housing for our people IS trans justice!

Be sure to learn more about this project by viewing the full article from thedailybeast.com and check out My Sistah’s Room!

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Introducing 2020 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, nathaniel gonzalez!

We’re honored to have nathaniel gonzalez join the TJFP 2020 grantmaking panel!

nathaniel is a facilitator & organizational development consultant whose work focuses on supporting local and national progressive non-profits in growing their work.

Rooted in healing justice practices, nathaniel, specializes in facilitating intersectional: process consultation, strategic planning, leadership development, organizational culture change, program development, and decision-making strategies. He also has a deep familiarity with Board development, conflict mediation, and onboarding processes.

He observes silence most Mondays, spells his name lower case, is the founder of For the Culture, listens to music loudly, and giggles deep belly giggles at inappropriate moments. He questions capitalism but loves new sneakers. And truth be told, when he asks how your day is, he genuinely wants to know.

We’re grateful for your thoughtfulness and looking forward to your brilliance!

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We have the skills, the spirit, and experience to survive this…

Dear friends, family, and community,

TJFP is holding you, our community, and family in our minds and hearts during this particularly challenging moment.

These are indeed scary times, as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a screeching halt.  The world looks very different today than it did even a week ago.

For many of our grantees, applicants, and community, there has never been a busier time.

Many of us are grappling with how to keep going and providing answers and solutions with urgency. Our communities–which often include those we consider family–are in great need of support, connection, healing, shelter, mutual aid and resources. The deep sense of worry is real.

TJFP is also concerned about the well being and livelihood of individuals, organizations and those most marginalized and isolated.

There is so much we are all holding collectively and there is so much we do not yet know.

But here’s something we do know…

While the phrase “We’re all in this together” has quickly become a popular hashtag and is a sentiment shared widely in the media, knowing the value of caring for our communities has been a commitment, a practice and a way of life for our communities for a long, long time.  “We’re all in this together” is a politic many of us have been forced to commit to or have chosen to believe in before COVID-19.  Some of us are experts in surviving so much, that it’s been passed on to us by our ancestors and remains alive in our very own DNA.

Grassroots organizing, and the individuals that make them what they are, show up constantly to fill the gaps and failures our systems have left us with. Below, we’ve provided important links to efforts organized and supported by TJFP’s 2019 grantees. As much as they need us to show up for them, we need them for our collective survival.  Grassroots movements are essential.

TJFP will remain committed to showing up for our folks without burdening them.

We will continue to move money directly to grassroots, trans-led groups across the US, with as few strings attached as possible, as we have always done.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we will be moving more money in 2020 to trans justice groups than originally planned, while also supplying our TJFP community-led grantmaking fellow alumni with an emergency fund.

TJFP has also joined an emergency response effort with the Third Wave Fund, Borealis’s Fund for Trans Generations, Funders for LGBT Issues’s Grantmakers United for Trans Community, and Wellspring. More information about that fund will be released early next week.

It is with great hope that you will be patient, kind, and generous with each other during these tender times. The load will be heavy and the loss will be significant and yet we will find a way. For those of you wondering how you can help, we ask you to please support grassroots efforts however possible.

Friends, family, and beloved community, we have the skills, the spirit and experience to survive this. For those of you who can, please check in on your people.  Extending love, grace, appreciation and authentic support is what will get us through.

With gratitude and great care,



 

 

Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaborative
Little Rock, AR
Donate to community relief giving circle

No Justice No Pride
Washington, DC
Requesting food, cleaning/hygiene supplies, volunteers for patient advocacy, funds for emergency microgrants, instacart giftcards

Black & Indigenous Transgender Safehaus (B.I.T.S.)
Washington, DC
Donate to support trans students

Trans Women of Color Collective
Washington, DC
Donate to survival fund

Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida
MIAMI BEACH, FL
Donate to support fund for folks in hospitality industry in South Florida

Brave Space Alliance
Chicago, IL
Volunteer for food pantry
Donate to food pantry

Louisiana Trans Advocates
Baton Rouge, LA
Donate to TGNC Crisis Funding Circle Louisiana
In lieu of gatherings, send letters against anti-trans legislation

Metro Trans Umbrella Group
St. Louis, MO
Donate food and disinfectant

Trans Queer Flat STL
St. Louis, MO
Donate food and supplies

Black Trans Media
Brooklyn, NY
Donate food, supplies, or money

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo / CITG
Jackson Heights, NY
Donate to Transgender Emergency Fund

Black Queer & Intersectional Collective
Columbus, OH
Donate to BQIC Emergency Fund

Hearts on a Wire
Philadelphia, PA
Be a pen pal for an incarcerated LGBTQ individual

sisTers PGH
Pittsburgh, PA
Donate to Pittsburgh LGBTQIA Emergency Relief Fund

Latinas Trans Austin
Houston, TX
Donate to Houston LGBTQI Latinx fund

Trans Pride Initiative
Dallas, TX
Volunteer to provide mutual aid

Nationz Foundation
Richmond, VA
Donate to food pantry

Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network
Seattle, WA
Donate to Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network Fund


 

 

 

Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida
MIAMI BEACH, FL
Apply for hospitality industry fund

Brave Space Alliance
Chicago, IL
Request food or other supplies

Metro Trans Umbrella Group
St. Louis, MO
Food and supplies available for pickup, home donations also available

Trans Pride Initiative
Dallas, TX
Contact to access food pantry

Stonewall Youth
Olympia, WA
Organization is offering to purchase supplies for youth 12-24


 

 

 

Masjid al-Rabia
Chicago, IL
Online support groups and prayer services

Portland Outright
Portland, ME
In person programming has moved online

Transformations
Kansas City, MO
Support groups now online, see Facebook page for specific groups
TDOV Virtual Resource Fair

Tranzmission
Asheville, NC
Support groups now moving online

QTPoC Mental Health
Portland, OR
Collection of helpful links and online community

Borderland Rainbow Center
El Paso, TX
Teletherapy and virtual support groups available, see Facebook page for specific options

Nationz Foundation
Richmond, VA
Call the office to access support group

Out in the Open
Brattleboro, VT
Join rural LGBTQ virtual hangouts


 

 

 

QLatinx
Orlando, FL
Healing through community storytelling

Transcend the Binary
Ferndale, MI
Quarantine and Chill queer film streaming

House of Pentacles
Durham, NC
Offered free virtual healing gathering

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia – TAPVA
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Digital TDOV celebration

Out in the Open
Brattleboro, VT
Submission requests for QuaranZine

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Entering a new year with new staff at TJFP!

Images left to right: Cathy Kapua and Mattee Jim, 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellows; Micky Bradford, Úmi Vera, Zakia McKensey, Sammie Ablaza Wills, Priyank Jindal, 2019 Community Grantmaking Fellows; Demian Yoon at 2019 Philly Trans Wellness conference.

We are pleased to introduce Cathy Kapua and Demian Yoon as TJFP’s newest staff members, and Zakia McKensey as part of our brilliant facilitation team!

In 2017, Demian arrived at our office eager to volunteer and help in anyway he could. Even though we weren’t yet set up to handle volunteers, Demian proved to be patient and dedicated. He showed up week after week to assist with admin related tasks, quickly becoming an invaluable teammate. We are so lucky to have him onboard as the new Administrative Assistant!

That same year, former grantee Cathy Kapua joined the 2017 Community-led Grantmaking Fellowship crew. After completing her Fellowship, Cathy enthusiastically agreed to work with us a contractor helping us welcome and provide training as well as one on one support to our grantmaking fellows in 2018 and 2019. Cathy already came to TJFP with a long  track record of devotion and care for trans communities and trans justice. We’re overjoyed Cathy said yes to us one more time, and we’re honored to have her vision and leadership as our new Deputy Director!

Over the course of several years Cathy and Demian have given so much of themselves to make TJFP what it is today, and we can’t imagine doing this work without them.

Passing the Torch!

When TJFP was brand new and just starting to get up and running, we realized we would need an experienced, talented facilitator to help create a space for our community-led panel to make difficult and thrilling decisions selecting grantees and their award amounts. Having seen Nico Amador in action while facilitating for the Leeway Foundation’s artist and organizer funding panels it was obvious to us that he was ‘the one’! And he’s been facilitating TJFP from the very beginning! At first he facilitated solo before Andrea Jenkins and Glo Ross joined the facilitation team.

And now as we move into our 8th year Nico will be working closely with Cathy Kapua and 2019 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow Zakia McKensey, onboarding them and passing the torch to our new TJFP facilitation team! What a legacy of brilliant and fiercely dedicated facilitators!

Zakia has been a long time powershouse in Richmond, Virginia as founder and executive director of Nationz Foundation. Zakia is also a former grantee of TJFP and we can’t believe she said yes to joining us. We’re still fanning ourselves!

We invite you to celebrate this fabulous news with us by welcoming this dynamic team  Zakia, Cathy, and Demian to TJFP! We couldn’t be more proud to continue trusting and centering the leadership of Black, Indigenous, Brown, people of color who are trans, gender nonconforming, and non-binary! 

 

Cathy Kapua, Deputy Director

Cathy has worked with the transgender community since 2003, first starting off as a Peer Educator at Kulia Na Mamo, then eventually moving on to become the Transgender Service Manager at the Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center. Cathy is proud of her academic accomplishments in the University of Hawaii- West Oahu where she received a B.S. in Public Administration and continues to use these skills to help her Native Hawaiian community. She has been successful in advocating for transgender programming and providing culturally competency trainings throughout the nation but prides herself mainly on being a role model for younger transgender women in Hawai`i.

 

Zakia McKensey, Community Grantmaking Facilitator

Zakia is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has been an active member of the LGBTQ community. For many years Zakia was a national performer and pageant competitor. She is a former Miss Gay Black America,  Miss Black National, Miss International Supermodel, Miss Godfrey’s and Miss Virginia Capitol Pride. She has worked for Fan Free Clinic where she was instrumental in creating the Transgender Clinic as well as Richmond City Health District, where she was a Disease Intervention Specialist and also the 1st African American Transgender Women to ever work for the health district.

October of 2015 she opened the Nationz Foundation a 501C3 organization that provides advocacy for transgender individuals as well as offering HIV/STI testing, Food Pantry, Emergency Housing and other supportive services to the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Recently she acquired an RV to create a mobile testing unit to offer her services in communities where transportation is a barrier to access testing or safer sex items and food.

Zakia also works for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project where she serves as the Transgender Advocate, assisting individuals who have experiences of violence. She was named a 2018 Outstanding Virginian, by Equality Virginia. Zakia was honored with a Firework Award by Virginia Pride in 2018. In her free time she enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, competing and attending pageants, cooking and spending time with her dog Japan.

 

Demian Yoon, Administrative Assistant

Demian Yoon received his BA in English and minored in Religion at Haverford College. Since then, he’s worked in education (both indoor and outdoor) and currently splits his time between roles as an Administrative Assistant at Trans Justice Funding Project and a Trust & Safety Assistant at DonorsChoose. He is a New Yorker born and raised, now living in Brooklyn, and enjoys science fiction, educational podcasts, hiking, and spending time with his loved ones.

 

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