TJFP is incredibly excited to introduce our sixth and final Community Grantmaking Fellow, Ola Osaze!
Ola is a trans masculine queer of Edo and Yoruba descent, who was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and now resides in Houston, Texas. Ola is the Co-Director for the Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project and has been a community organizer for many years, including working with Transgender Law Center, the Audre Lorde Project, Uhuru Wazobia (one of the first LGBT groups for African immigrants in the US), Queers for Economic Justice and Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Ola is a 2015 Voices of Our Nation Arts workshop (VONA) fellow, and has writings published in Apogee, Qzine, Black Looks, and the anthologies Black Futures and Queer Africa II.
We’re so grateful that you said yes to us and that you’re bringing your thoughtful care to this year’s grantmaking panel!
We’re delighted to be able to welcome the fifth of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Loan Tran!
Loan Tran is a migrant originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam currently organizing in Durham, North Carolina. For more than a decade they have been involved in liberation struggles for migrants, LGBTQ people, communities of color, and youth and students. As a writer, their work has been included in publications such as The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail At Showing Up For Each Other In the Fight For Freedom (2016) and Gendered Lives: Intersectional Perspectives (7th Edition, 2019). They are known for their piece, Calling In: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable, released on Black Girl Dangerous in 2013. They firmly believe only a movement rooted in solidarity across identities, geographies, and issues can transform our lives. They are a member of the board of directors of the Highlander Research & Education Center; co-chair the Third Wave Fund Advisory Council; and advise the Andrus’ Family Foundation’s Visionary Freedom Fund. Currently they are spending time slowly: cooking for friends and family, writing, and digging in the dirt.
Thank you for bringing your brilliance to this year’s panel–we’re so glad you said yes!
TJFP is so honored to introduce the fourth of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Candi Brings Plenty!
The Two Spirit Nation was not only just an encampment at the Očeti Šakowin camp at Standing Rock during the NoDAPL movement, it was a movement within a movement. Candi Brings Plenty is a Two Spirit Water Protector and Land Defender, who initiated Two Spirit visibility and awareness during the largest historical gathering of nations while decolonizing ceremonies and reclaiming space in sacred circles for Two Spirit relatives.
Candi Brings Plenty, Wakinyan Tunwanpi Iyoyanpa Win (Bright Lightening Womxn), is an Oglala Lakota Sioux, Queer Indigenous, Non-binary Two Spirit. They are a protector of the sacred and activist for Indigenous justice. Their red lipstick is their war paint, as they take their place on the frontlines as a Two Spirit Warrior Queen. They continue to educate and advocate throughout Turtle Island sharing their experience as a frontline Two Spirit Water Protector and as a Land Defender. They are a fierce Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s advocate. They are a Spiritual & Wellness Practitioner who elevates traditional methods of trauma healing.
Candi Brings Plenty is a direct descendent of Crazy Horse’s band and is an ancestral survivor of the Wounded Knee Massacre. They continue to stand in the face of the colonizer to protect the sacred and Unći Maka. They currently live in the Black Hills, in Rapid City, SD where they work as the first ACLU Indigenous Justice Organizer for the South Dakota, North Dakota & Wyoming region. They are incorporating Indigenous methods and constitutional rights to bring awareness and protection for frontline warriors to exercise their civil liberties.
We’re so glad you’ll be on the team this year, bringing all the wisdom and experience that makes you such a powerhouse!
We’re so glad to announce the third of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Dominique Morgan!
Dominique is an award-winning artist, activist, and TEDx speaker. As the Executive Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States. She works daily to dismantle the systems that perpetuate violence on LGBTQ/GNC people and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Partnering her lived experience of being impacted by mass incarceration (including 18 months in solitary confinement), with a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and background in public health, she continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and transformative youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and its impact on our communities. Ms. Morgan is a 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award recipient, NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient, and 2020 JM Kaplan Innovation Prize recipient. Her new album Pisces In E Flat Major is available on all platforms and her book “Sex Ed for System Facing People” will be available Jan 2022. Find out more about Dominique at www.dominiquemorgan.com. Check out her TEDxTalk on Resilience.
We can’t overstate how excited we are that you’re joining us, Dominique!
TJFP is thrilled to announce the second of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Toi Washington!
“A person can forget what you did or said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. If I can help somebody along the way, then my living is not in vain.”
This is the mantra Toi T. Washington lives by daily. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Toi Washington is a community engagement specialist, organizer, and activist with over a decade of experience in LBGTQ rights. Ms. Washington currently works with TAKE Resource Center in Birmingham, AL. as the Director of Programs as well as the Program Developer of the Trans Women of Color (TWOC) Healing Project. With a directive on LBGTQ rights, equality and equity, Ms. Washington has successfully positioned herself to be able to effectively address issues that are systemic to trans women of color and LBGTQ individuals alike. Ms. Washington uses her platform to guide herself as well as her community both professionally and personally.
Thank you so much for saying yes to us–we can’t wait to learn from your wisdom!
TJFP is so excited to introduce the first of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Xoài Phạm!
Xoài is a Vietnamese trans person in a complicated relationship with womanhood. She descends from a long legacy of warriors, healers, and shamans. Her family arrived in California as refugees after the United States pillaged Southeast Asia. Her life’s work is in dreaming new futures where we are all limitless. She makes those dreams a reality as a poet, essayist, editor, and collaborative educator. Her work often explores the roots of violence and small intimacies. She is currently the digital program manager of Transgender Law Center and trans subject editor of Autostraddle. She’s also utilizing her skills to fight the deportations of Southeast Asian refugees with Mekong NYC, and is additionally serving on the board of TURNNT, which studies the factors that determine health outcomes for trans women of color in New York City. One day, she’ll be writing stories for film and TV. In the meantime, her relationship to the industry is through modeling and acting. Her idea of heaven is eating fruits beside the ocean.
Thank you for joining us, and we’re honored to build with you!