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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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Trans Justice in Action! Featuring the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition!

TJFP’s role is to support grassroots trans leadership across the country. If you wanna learn more about what trans leadership can look like, we invite to you to check out the video we made as part of TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky tour that highlights the work our previous grantee, The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) .

TTPC educates and advocates on behalf of transgender related legislation at the Federal, State, and local levels. In this video, you’ll hear from Marisa Richmond, a founding member of TTPC, about what she see’s her role is in this social justice movement, and learn more about the work TTPC does and how this group was formed! You can also find them online here!

 

TTPC is just one of the nearly 300 grassroots trans-led groups that TJFP has funded over the past 5 years. Help TJFP continue to support trans justice by making a donation.  Our goal is to raise $50k by 5/15–together we can make this happen!

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Trans justice in this lifetime! 50k by 5/15!

In February we received 216 applications from across the country! That’s an outstanding amount of commitment for love and justice for our communities.

TJFP lovingly invites you to continue supporting trans justice and leadership with us! As always, ever dollar donated will go directly to our 2018 grantees.

Help us raise $50,000 before May 15th!

Together, this goal is possible. Please take a moment with our 2018 fundraising campaign, learn more about our grantees, and check out what we’ve been up to over the past year!
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From $1 to $50,000, there’s no donation too big or too small. Every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees.  Each year the trans community is faced with enormous challenges and we have to remain committed to each other and our people. Let’s raise some money!

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Hot off the press! TJFP’s 2017 annual report is here!

We’re so excited to share with you TJFP’s 2017 annual report!

Because TJFP has the most incredible family and friends, we had the honor of moving half a million dollars to 153 trans-led grassroots groups across the country last year. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to learn more about these fierce folks by viewing our 2017 annual report! They are history in the making.

Also… applications are now open for 2018 TJFP grants! Please review the eligibility criteria and apply!  The deadline to apply is 2/15/2018 so spread the word and share widely!

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Honoring Those Taken from Us

Today we remember the lives and legacies of our trans and gender non-conforming family who we’ve lost this year.

Let us honor all our trans and GNC ancestors who have come before us, who fought tirelessly, and paved the way for us to shine brilliantly. Today and everyday, we are reminded of the strength and beauty of our trans communities. 

There are so many ways we can honor our ancestors, and we hope that today you can devote a moment and hold the lives and histories of our trans communities in your heart.

A horrible pattern has emerged where each year over the past few years, has been the deadliest year on record for the trans community in the U.S. In 2017 there has been over 26 reported transgender and GNC people killed by violence. If you are looking for a place to be with community tonight, here’s a map of grassroots trans-led groups organizing across the country that you can support all year round or may be able help you locate a local vigil for the 18th annual Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR).  

TJFP stands in struggle and solidarity with our trans communities fighting for justice and liberation, and we hope one day we’ll be able to shine brilliantly without fear, and that our communities can breathe and live freely.

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Etsy Fundraiser for TJFP!

For the month of September Estrogentleman is donating $5 of every #estrogentleman or #changedman hat purchased from their Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/estrogentleman to TJFP!

Check them out today!

 

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Today is Marsha P. Johnson’s Birthday!

Today is Marsha P. Johnson’s Birthday!

We encourage you to honor the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson’s work by supporting trans leadership!

Power to the People: Exploring Marsha P. Johnson’s Queer Liberation

Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945 – July 6, 1992) was an American activist, artist, sex worker, and liberation embodied. She lived and fought against the discriminations and abuses experienced by trans people. Along with fellow trans activist Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) to house and support drag queens, femmes, and trans women who were living on the street in NYC.

Read more about Marsha P. Johnson’s life and legacy in this article, Power to the People: Exploring Marsha P. Johnson’s Queer Liberation

And congratulations to the TJFP’s grantee’s who have been mentioned in this article and to all of the amazing trans woman of color who are on the front lines fighting for justice and liberation for our communities.

On this day especially, we encourage you to check out our grantees using the  TJFP digital map and consider supporting these groups in any way you can!

#HappyBirthdayMarsha

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Our communities will keep fighting, Our communities will keep showing up!

2016 Trans Day of Action march in New York, NY

This week over twitter, Donald Trump threatened to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military. His tweet, could result in the discharge of over 15,000 transgender people who are serving in the U.S. military. And it’s another attempt to distract folks from the enormous amount of harm his cabinet continues to inflict on our already marginalized and oppressed communities. 

 

From the targeting of black bodies, trans women of color, Muslims, immigrants, the poor and working class, youth, trans communities and so many more, these relentless efforts to devalue our lives are unacceptable at best and are ultimately, an attack on us all. 

 

Whether you remain outraged or have just begun to feel anger, we urge you to support local, grassroots organizing in whatever ways you can.  

 

In a political climate that seeks to attack us over and over, our only option is to keep showing up for each other.  Together, we ARE the majority!

 

TJFP is sending our love to all of the trans and gender non conforming individuals and communities.  You and your struggle are why we exist.

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