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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Mattee Jim!

We are so excited to announce our final 2017 TJFP fellow, Mattee Jim!

Mattee is of the Zuni People Clan and born for the Towering House People Clan, this is how she identifies herself as a Navajo Person. Mattee currently works as a Supervisor for HIV Prevention Programs for First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, NM. Mattee is also a Board Member for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and A member of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Native LGBTQ. Mattee has been Blessed to have many years of Sobriety and also takes honor in being a Mentor, Advocate, role model, Trainer, Consultant, Leader, and a Strong Native Transgender Woman.

We are so looking forward to spending time and learning from your brilliance!

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Wriply Bennet!

wriplymariebennetA 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.

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Cathy Kapua!

cathykapuaTJFP 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!

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Introducing 2015 Panelist, Mel Goodwin!

Another fierce addition to this year’s team!

Mel Goodwin is a white anti-racist, radical, feminist, vegan, genderqueer femme living with a disability.

Mel Goodwin, 2015 TJFP Panelist

Mel Goodwin, 2015 TJFP Panelist

Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Mel moved to rural North Carolina in June 2014 to live with their partner, a black transmasculine revolutionary. They are a first year law student at North Carolina Central University, a Historically Black University in Durham, North Carolina. Their goal, if they complete law school, is to be a lawyer for the revolution, using their privilege in service to and in solidarity with transgender and queer people of color. Prior to moving to the South, Mel spent ten years working within the non-profit industrial complex, more than half of that time at a predominantly white, gay, non-transgender organization where they generally raised hell by encouraging the politicization of trans and queer youth and unapologetically advocating for, co-creating, and growing transgender programs and services, including one of the first multi-stall gender neutral bathrooms in Southern Nevada. Mel is also a co-founder of Gender Justice Nevada.

As they approach their 30th birthday and reflect on the many transformative changes that have occurred in their life over the past year, Mel’s deepest desire is to learn how to live interdependently, build authentic, sustainable relationships, and be an accountable community member through healing their own history of trauma and abuse, engaging in liberation work that centers the leadership of trans and queer people of color, and developing spiritual practices.

We’re already so thankful to have you be a part of TJFP, Mel!

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Introducing 2015 TJFP Panelist, M’Bwende Anderson!

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M’Bwende Anderson, 2015 TJFP Panelist

A very warm welcome to our third panelist, M’Bwende Anderson!

M’Bwende is obsessed with flipping experiences of poverty, sexism, racism, transphobia and heteronormativity into creative genius, community building and positive action. An organizer/activist with various non-profit, NGO and government agencies, their contributions have centered a mix of colored and queer for the past 20 years. Currently a BFA Printmedia candidate at Western Michigan University, their work examines institutional impact and survival as a black, queer, masculine-born-female, parent.

In their current artistic practice they state… ‘Surviving state violence forces one to be creative. Survivors create language, ways of being, strategic interventions and stealth actions in order to survive state violence. These inform how we traverse our own narratives – those found in the creases, folds and margins of our ‘otherness’. They help us navigate the sting of punitive environments and systems which we navigate daily. My work illuminates resistance in the crucible of these dangerous environments, systems, geographies and cultures.’

We can’t wait to work with you M’Bwende!

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Introducing 2015 TJFP Panelist, Colin Kennedy Donovan!

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Colin Kennedy Donovan, 2015 TJFP Panelist

Announcing another fabulous addition to our team!

Colin Kennedy Donovan is a white queer disabled transfag living in Seattle. He is passionate about many things, including disability justice, trans activism, speculative fiction, musical theater, and meatball subs. A community activist, writer, poet, and performer for over twenty years, Colin currently works to infuse intersectional transformative politics into the support of students with disabilities in higher education.

We’re so excited to have you on this year’s team Colin!

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Introducing 2015 TJFP Panelist, Trudie Jackson!

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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!

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