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.
Trudie Jackson, 2015 TJFP Panelist
The Trans Justice Funding Project is pleased to welcome Trudie Jackson to our 2015 grant making team.
Trudie Jackson, an enrolled tribal member of Navajo Nation from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. Her Clans are Bitter Water Clan born for the Leaf Clan. The Mexican Clan are her paternal clan and Yucca Fruit-Strung-Out-In-A-Line Clan are maternal clan. .
A nontraditional student at Arizona State University (ASU) pursuing double undergraduate degrees in Public Service Public Policy & American Indian Studies with anticipated graduation of August 2015. Actively involved in ASU Rainbow Coalition as an e-board member of Director of Advocacy, a member of Native American Student Organization, and a member ASU TRiO Downtown Campus.
In 2015 – Transgender Leadership Exchange Cohort – under the The National LGBTQ Task Force, Chair (2010-14) Southwest American Indian Rainbow Gathering, 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University representing ASU, 2014 Equality Arizona Skip Schrader Spirit of Activism Award, 2013 TRANS 100, 2013 Women of the Year by Echo Magazine, 2013 Dan Galloway Scholarship by Phoenix Pride, 2012 – Board of Director member Chair of Diversity Committee for One Voice LGBT Community Center in Phoenix, AZ, 2012 Outstanding American Indian College Student of the Year by Phoenix Indian Center, 2011-14 Steering Committee member for The Network for LGBT Health Equity, 2011 Udall Scholar by Udall Foundation, 2010 Invited speaker at University of Arizona, 2009 Invited speaker at Northern Michigan University, 2008 Red Ribbon Award by National Native American AIDS Prevention, 2006 – LeaderShape representing Phoenix College, and 2004 to 2009 Chair for Arizona American Indian HIV/AIDS Task Force.
Trudie strongly advocates on behalf of American Indian LGBTQ Two Spirited members.
We’re really looking forward to working along side you Trudie!