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In these trying times..

Our hopes, our visions, our pathways will continue to lead us.

In these times of great difficulty TJFP is so honored to guided and carried by so many of you.

Community: Your visionary strategies and greatness is more powerful then anything our opposers could every dream of.

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Announcing our third 2019 TJFP Grantmaking Fellow, Úmi Vera!

TJFP is so lucky to get to work with this amazing organizer and force of light!  Úmi’s passion and excitement as she reads through this years applications, learning more about the breadth of trans justice work is EVERYTHING. Please welcome to the TJFP grant making team, Úmi Vera!

Úmi is a child of Tepehuan O’dami indigenous immigrant parents. She was born and raised half of her life in southeast L.A and currently resides in
the Pacific Northwest. With 15 years of organizing experience predominantly in policy advocacy in the intersections of migrant and trans/queer grassroots organizing, she joined Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement as the Campaign Director.

She has executive leadership experience and was most recently the End Profiling Legislative Campaign Director at Unite Oregon, a refugee and immigrant rights organization. There she co-created Resilient Connections, a support group and leadership program for trans/queer refugees and migrant new arrivals. Úmi is very passionate about her fellowship role at TJFP and she hopes to continue building with TJFP’s incredible network of trans lead movement building.

Thank you Úmi for joining the team!

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Give it up for TJFP 2019 Grantmaking Fellow, Zakia McKensey!

A very warm welcome to Zakia McKensey to the TJFP 2019 Grantmaking Fellowship!  Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Zakia is currently working extremely hard to carefully review hundreds of applications in preparation for our upcoming grantmaking meeting in June. We cannot wait to learn and grow from her leadership on this years team!

Zakia McKensey 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 distirct. October of 2015 she opened the Nationz Foundation a 501©3 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 aquired 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.

Yes Zakia, YESSSSS!

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Introducing the first of six TJFP 2019 Grantmaking Fellows, Sammie Ablaza Wills!

It’s that time of year again when we have the honor of introducing another fabulous grantmaking team.

Kicking off a series of introductions, we’re ecstatic to welcome Sammie Ablaza Wills to the 2019  TJFP Grantmaking Fellowship!

Sammie will join five other ground breaking, trans, non binary activists and organizers from across the country to select this years grantees.

Sammie is an enthusiastic queer, non-binary Pilipinx person with a vivid love for their chosen family, social justice, and grassroots
organizing. They currently serve as director of APIENC, a trans and queer Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots organization in the SF Bay Area. Sammie’s politic has come from witnessing xenophobia against their family, from fighting budget cuts to public schools, and from learning from queer Pilipino people in their communities. It’s from this that Sammie has worked to trained hundreds of young, queer, trans, Asian people to lead from values of abundance and interdependence. Sammie is dedicated to ethnic studies, racial justice, and environmental justice, working closely in groups such as Asians4BlackLives and Movement Generation. Sammie believes that anything can be turned into a chant and brought onto the streets (literally and emotionally). At all times, they strive to learn more about their ancestors, practice vulnerability, and share stories.

We can hardly wait to do this work with you Sammie!

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Lessons on Being Bold: A conversation with 2018 Fellow Bré Anne Rivera

“Sharing space with the other grantmaking fellows and hearing from people from rural Montana to communities in Hawaii helped to open my mind about how differently the work looks for people in different areas. Sometimes when you’re on the ground, it is easy to lose that perspective, and instead think, “This is what’s working for me and my girls in Detroit, so it should work for everyone, right?” But, no, it doesn’t always work like that. So when an application came in from a rural part of the country, it was important to hear from someone from that community. These conversations really helped me be more strategic and forward-thinking about who we were supporting and funding.”  -Bré Anne Rivera

Each year we invite our talented Fellows to share their thoughts and experiences as grantmaking panelists in our “Letters From the Table” section of our annual report. Last year fall we were fortunate enough to get a chance to sit down with 2018 TJFP Fellow, Bré Anne Rivera to gain a better understanding of her experience reviewing over 200 applications and selecting grantees through a community-led process.

In her interview Bré bravely spoke from the heart, candidly sharing powerful reflections and recommendations for the funding world that we hope will resinate with you whether you’re a grassroots organizer, a funder or someone interested in trans justice and liberation.

Please check out this remarkable interview, Lessons on Being Bold!

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The passing of TJFP alumni Stephanie Mott

A few weeks ago we were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of long time TJFP grantee and 2016 TJFP grantmaking panelist, Stephanie Mott. 

I remember the first time I met Stephanie Mott. Soft spoken and kind. At that time she was the first out, trans activist from Topeka, Kansas I had ever met. Like so many trans warriors who organize statewide and in rural communities, she got in her car time after time, traveling mile after mile providing training after training in service of trans justice.

Having family roots in the Midwest and also in Kansas, I could envision the flat lands and highways she must have traveled along to make a difference wherever she could.

The Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP), an organization that Stephanie founded and served as the executive director was one of TJFP’s very first grantee’s in 2013. So it was a pleasure to invite Stephanie to be on the other side of our funding project by joining our 2105 community grant making panel. It was there that we were fortunate to get to know her better and learn more about her great love for her community.

In addition to being the Executive Director and President of K-STEP, she was also the Founder and Director of the Transgender Faith Tour. She had been a columnist for Liberty Press and a volunteer blogger for Huffington Post. Stephanie published more than 100 articles about being transgender, and as the Executive Director of K-STEP she participated in nearly 400 workshops and presentations related to gender identity in venues from college classrooms and mental health centers, to jails and prisons.

Additionally, Stephanie achieved a major accomplishment just last month by earning her certification as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She also served as the Vice Chair of Equality Kansas and chaired the LGBTQ caucus of the Kansas Democrats.

In 2017 article Stephanie wrote for the Huffington Post titled, Becoming A 60-Year-Old Transgender Activist, she wrote, “As an activist who found her activism later in life, I know there are many younger activists who have been doing this longer than I have. I also know when I started doing activism in Kansas, there were few transgender footsteps for me to follow. Today, there are many trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) activists across the state. Their messages are changing hearts and minds wherever they raise their voices. It does my heart good to see this in ever-increasing numbers. I did not set out to become an activist. I simply knew I could not be silent in the face of oppression and marginalization. Then one day someone referred to me as an activist, and I realized it was true.”

On behalf of TJFP, we thank you Stephanie for your endless commitment to justice, your tenderness, compassion and generosity, and for finding the activist in yourself.

Your impact will continue to be felt and you will live on as our beloved trans ancestor.

With a tremendous amount of love and respect,

Gabriel Foster

 

 

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Honoring those we’ve lost and sending love to our people

Art by Amir Khadar in collaboration with TGI Justice Project.  Feel free to download this piece of art and many others here.

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to honor and lift up the lives and memories of trans and gender non-conforming people who were taken from us due to anti-trans hate and violence.

Not only this day, but every day, we ask you to join us in grieving our beloveds.

Not only this day, but every day, we ask that you to join us in making a life-long commitment to keeping each other safe–our selves, our trans and gender non-conforming friends, family, neighbors, and community members.

Not only this day, but every day, we ask that you fill your heart with love and send it to each and every trans and gender non-conforming person of color, particularly trans women of color and explicitly, black trans women.

To those lives that were lost, your magic is felt and we honor you. In your absence your light persists within all of us. And in your memory we fight for justice and liberation so that one day we might all be free.

 

As we honor those who we’ve lost, we also encourage you to support the trans justice that exists today, in whatever way feels right to you. You can find a trans-led group in your local area and volunteer or donate to their work. You can find grassroots trans-led groups doing transformative work on our digital map here, or you can see a list of all of the 2018 TJFP grantees here and donate to them directly.

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Announcing the 2018 TJFP Grantees!

We’re giving away more than ever before to 182 trans-led grassroots groups! 

For the past several months, the 2018 TJFP community grantmaking fellows spent hour after hour carefully reading and reviewing applications from 216 trans-led, grassroots groups and projects from around the country and were charged with the task of moving resources to trans communities across the country–this year, a record breaking 182 groups will be receiving a grant. As always, we are inspired by each and every application that was submitted.

We felt the overwhelming need our communities are experiencing and we know that oftentimes this work is happening with very little to no support. In May we reached our 50k fundraising goal, allowing us to give away $500,000 this year, but 182 groups is a lot of groups and suddenly $500,000 didn’t feel like that much anymore. Lucky for us and thanks to a few last-minute donors, we were able to increase our total grant money well past half a million dollars—all the way to $650,000!

It’s because of our amazing family, friends, and community that we were able to give so much money to so many incredible grassroots trans-justice groups. We are so excited to announce our 2018 Grantees

***Please check out this year’s list of grantees below***

The 2018 TJFP Grantees

Alaska

Transgender Leadership Council of Alaska, Ankorage

 

Alabama

Dropzone, Selma

TKO Society Inc., Selma

Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering (TAKE), Birmingham

Arkansas

Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, North Little Rock

Center for Artistic Revolution, Little Rock

House of GG’s, Little Rock

 

Arizona

Camp Born This Way, Tucson

Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Tucson

Peacework Medical, Phoenix

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson

The Outlaw Project, Phoenix

Trans Queer Pueblo, Phoenix

Transcend Arizona, Paradise Valley

 

California

API Equality – Northern California (APIENC), San Francisco

API TransFusion, Oakland

Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project (BLMP), Oakland

Bloom: Transgender Community Healing Project, Union City

Dem Bois Inc.

Gender Illumination, Berkeley

Live It Fully Empowered, Long Beach

Los Angeles Queer Resistance, Los Angeles

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, Oakland

North State Trans/GNC Project

Peacock Rebellion, Oakland

The Red Shades, Oakland

Trans and Nonbinary Housing Collective

Trans Student Educational Resources, Santa Cruz

Trans-E-Motion, Fresno

Transfinite, San Francisco

Transgender Advocates for Justice and Accountability, San Francisco

TranShout

 

Colorado

TYES of the Pikes Peak Region

Transformative Freedom Fund, Denver

 

Washington D.C.

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

Trans Women of Color Collective

 

Delaware

The East Coast Two Spirit Society, Lewes

 

Florida

Arianna’s Center, Fort Lauderdale

Orlando Trans Awareness</a, Orlando>

Social Film Projects, North Miami

Trans Women in need of Services DBA TransInclusive Group, Pembroke Pines

TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami

UC|CU’s TRANSART Artists Showcase & Conference, Miami Beach

 

Georgia

Comunidad Estrella, Brookhaven

Freedom Overground, Atlanta

LaGender Inc., East Point

Sexual Liberation Collective, Decatur

Sisters Returning Home

Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta

TMBLM, Duluth

Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta

Trans(forming), Atlanta

TRANScending Barriers Atlanta, Atlanta

 

Hawaii

Ka Aha Mahu, Honululu

 

Idaho

Idaho Transgender Healthcare Advocacy Coalition, Inc., Boise

 

Illinois

America in Transition, Chicago

Brave Space Alliance, Chicago

Masjid al-Rabia, Chicago

RAD Remedy, Chicago

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago

Upswing Advocates, Chicago

Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), Chicago

 

Indiana

GenderNexus, Indianapolis

TREES, Inc., South Bend

 

Kansas

Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project,Topeka

 

Louisiana

Louisiana Trans AdvocatesBaton Rouge

Intentional Flow, New Orleans

 

Massachusetts

Black Trans Love is Black Wealth Writing Retreat, Williamstown

 

Maryland

Maryland Trans*Unity, Bethesda

Translatina DMV, Hyattsville

Sistas of the “T”, Baltimore

 

Maine

Maine Transgender Network, Portland

Portland Outright, Portland

 

Michigan

Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit

Ruth’s Apothecary, Detroit

 

Minnesota

Gender Reel, St. Paul

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis

Queer Science, Minneapolis

 

Missouri

Our Spot KC, Kansas City

Gabriella Rosé Justice Scholarship, Columbia

Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St. Louis

Mid Missouri Transgender Support, Jefferson City

Trans Queer Flat, St. Louis

Transformations KC, Kansas City

Transfuturism by The Justice Fleet, St. Louis

 

Mississippi

The Spectrum Center, Hattiesburg

 

Montana

Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula

LGBTQ Youth for Gender Equity, Missoula

 

North Carolina

Asheville Transformers, Candler

House of Pentacles, Durham

NC Transgender Rapid Response Project, Asheville

The Clearing, Durham

Trans*Visible, Durham

Transcend Charlotte, Charlotte

Transgender Medical Resources and Provider Education

Tranzmission, Asheville

Tranzmission Prison Project, Asheville

 

Nebraska

Trans Collaborations Community Board, Lincoln

TransLNK, Lincoln

 

New Hampshire

OutoftheBOXHub/Helpin’ Tranz Form U, Concord

 

New Jersey

OtherWise Engaged, Lawrenceville

Tertium Quid, Jersey City

 

New Mexico

Transwoman Empowerment Initiative, Albuquerque

Tres Soles, Albuquerque

 

Nevada

Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas

Trans Pride Foundation Las Vegas

Transgender SOS, Las Vegas

 

New York

All youth Inc., Lancaster

Black Trans Media, Brooklyn

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo / CITG, Jackson Heights

Community Kinship Life (CK Life), Bronx

Dorian Corey Project/TRANSgressionsBuffalo

F2L, Brooklyn

Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS, Inc.), Brooklyn

Hudson Valley Creative Trans Wellness Collective, Boiceville

No Labels Clothing Cooperative, Buffalo

NYC Trans Oral History Project, New York

QTPoC Mental Health, New York

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, New York

The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Collective, New York

The TransGenerational Theatre Project, Queens

Transilient, Brooklyn

Translatina Network, New York

 

Ohio

Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus, Columbus

Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati

Margie’s Hope, Akron

TransOhio, Inc., Columbus

 

Oklahoma

TransOklahoma, Tulsa

 

Oregon

Beyond These Walls, Portland

Glitter squadron*portland disability bloc, Portland

Sacred Vessle Medicine and The Equi Institute, Portland

The Bridgewalkers Alliance, Portland

Trans*Ponder, Eugene

TransActive Gender Center, Portland

 

Philadelphia

Black Excellence Collective, Philadelphia

Garden of Peace Project, Pittsburgh

Hearts On A Wire, Philadelphia

SisTers PGH, Homestead

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading, Reading

Trans Equity Project, Philadelphia

Transfaith, Philadelphia

TransFamily of NWPA, Erie

 

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Trans Youth Coalition, San Juan

Semillas, San Juan

 

Rhode Island

TGI Network of Rhode Island, Providence

 

South Carolina

Gender Benders, Piedmont

We Are Family, Charleston

 

South Dakota

Trans Action South Dakota, Sioux Falls

 

Tennessee

Bold & Beautiful, Memphis

Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Nashville

Trans Empowerment Project, Knoxville

 

Texas

Allgo, Austin

Black Transmen Inc, Carrollton

Black Transwomen Inc, Carrollton

Gender Infinity, Houston

Gender Portraits, Austin

Latinas Trans Austin, Austin

Latinas Trans Dallas, Dallas

Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas, Houston

Trans Legal Aid Clinic Harris County, Houston

Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas

Transform Houston, Houston

Transgender Education Network of Texas, Austin

 

Virginia

Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richmond

Community Ele’te, Richmond

Lynchburg Transgender Alliance, Lynchburg

Nationz Foundation, Richmond

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia, Virginia Beach

Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington D.C., Burke

 

Vermont

Green Mountain CrossroadsBrattleboro

 

Washington

Gender Justice League, Seattle

Heartspark Press, Olympia

Lavender Rights Project, Seattle

QTPOC Birthwerq Project, Seattle

Rad Care, Seattle

Stonewall Youth, Olympia

The #BlackTransPrayerBook, Seattle

The Transgender Language Primer, Burien

UTOPIA Seattle, Seattle

Wisconsin

Center for Community Healing, Madison

TwoSpirit Nation
Nelwat Ishkamewe, EarthStar

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Introducing 2018 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Ezak Perez!

We are so excited to welcome Ezak Amaviska Perez to TJFP’s 2018 grantmaking team!

Ezak was born and raised in and around Los Angeles, CA. They are a Two Spirit, Hopi Native American and Latinx community organizer. They have been leading trainings locally in LA as well as nationally for the past 12+ years. He is currently the Organizational Director of Gender Justice LA (GJLA).  GJLA is a member-based, grassroots social justice organization for and led by gender non-conforming, gender fluid, two spirit, questioning, and trans people of color in LA. He is currently helping to create the first Indigenous Pride LA and was recently honored by the Sons & Brothers Portrait Series for Native American heritage month.  He’s a part of a party collective called THroz, creating pop up fun-draiser parties in LA. Ezak believes that self-care & community care are critical and essential to be able to do this work for the long haul.  He loves spending time in nature and thrifting.

We can’t wait to build with you, Ezak!

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Just six days and 35k away!

“TJFP is something that I’m so excited to tell people about because I think a lot of people don’t know that this group exists–where you have trans people getting money and then deciding how can we support other trans organizations that are doing work.” – Peterson Toscano, Theatrical Performance Activist & TJFP Monthly Donor

 

Why donate?

In the words of monthly donor Nicole Myles, “Worlds don’t change from just one moment or movement.” Instead, as donor Harper Jean Tobin puts it, “we need many voices and many kinds of work.” As grassroots funders, we don’t give grants only to those who fit narrow ideas of success or worth. We want to fund as many groups as possible, so that all of these brilliant visions and voices have a chance to keep on growing, changing, and connecting.

  • Your donation helps support trans justice groups focusing on local needsgroups that many mainstream foundations consider “too small” of an investment.
  • Your donation helps support grassroots organizations that take risksthat try radical new tactics, that find ways to work outside pre-existing systems to support marginalized communities.
  • Your donation reaches grantees with no strings attachedY–allowing these brilliant leaders and activists to do their work without worrying about anyone’s approval but the communities they serve.

As our six Community Grantmaking Fellows carefully review the 216 applications we received this year–more applications than we’ve ever received before!–we see creative, dynamic responses to anti-trans threats. We see groups responding to local, unique needs, led by trans people from those communities who understand the stakes best.

These folks need your support!

Be a part of raising $50,000 more so that we can distribute, in total, half a million dollars this year–half a million that will go to urgently needed trans justice work around the country. Donor Peterson Toscano puts it best, in the video you can watch below: “When I look at LGBTQ history, it’s always been the trans people, the gender non-conforming people, who’ve been on the front lines, who really stood up. And I wouldn’t have the freedoms I have today, if it wasn’t for trans folks doing that.”

Wherever you are, however much you give, you’ll be supporting the trans leadership that has always existed and shaped our movements!

 

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