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Introducing 2018 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Shawn Reagor!

We’re thrilled to welcome Shawn Reagor to TJFP’s 2018 grantmaking team!

Shawn was born and raised in Montana. He started getting involved in advocacy work while studying Chemistry at Carroll College. Since then he has facilitated multiple trans and nonbinary support groups across the state, spoken at major conferences, testified on the state and municipal levels, and has been featured in articles and videos. Shawn is the director for the Montana Gender Alliance and works at the Montana Human Rights Network. He has worked on campaigns to prevent anti trans bathroom bills from passing in two states and which includes serving as the campaign chair in Montana. Shawn is especially devoted to providing support and building community for trans and nonbinary folks living in rural areas. He coauthored a journal article examining the effects of living in rural areas on TGNC people’s wellness. In his free time, he enjoys camping with his wife, Kasandra, and cat, Copernicus.

We can’t wait to work with you Shawn!

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The Passing of a Legend, Ms. Cheryl Courtney-Evans

We are tremendously saddened to share the passing of trans activist, Ms. Cheryl Courtney-Evans. Ms. Cheryl joined the TJFP team in 2013 as one of our very first community grant making panelists.


TJFP Community Grant Making Panel and Staff, 2013

In 2014, TJFP  interviewed her about the work of Trans Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT).

The interviewer writes,  “TILTT is dedicated to creating visibility. For the first time, they were able to represent and participate in Atlanta Pride by having their own booth at the festival. Ms. Cheryl used some of the TJFP funds to make TILTT their very first banner which they marched proudly with in the Trans March. For many members it was their first time being in a pride march. She proudly told me, “At the end of the two days, I felt like we really accomplished something and that it was critical that we were there.”

Ms. Cheryl’s vision and boldness is a gift to us all and it was absolutely critical that she was here. We survive because of her and TJFP will forever hold Ms. Cheryl in our hearts.

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Miss Major’s Retirement Party!

The Trans Justice Funding Project is delighted to be a part of honoring the work and legacy of Miss Major! We hope you too will help celebrate this amazing lover and fighter-who has paved the way for so of many us.  Please share, donate or attend if you can.  Be part of a historical moment!


Dear friends, family, and community,

You are cordially and joyfully invited to celebrate the retirement of our Executive Director and lifelong movement leader Miss Major Griffin-Gracy! We hope you will join us to celebrate this momentous occasion and to ensure that our leader has the resources she needs on her journey through her elder years. Her epic retirement party will take place on Sunday, October 25th, from 4-8pm at the Bently Reserve in downtown San Francisco. In addition to marking Miss Major’s retirement in style, this event will also mark the beginning of new leadership at TGIJP, as we welcome Janetta Johnson, Miss Major’s daughter and protégé, into her new role as Executive Director. Regardless of whether you are able to join us at the party, please help celebrate MissMajor’s accomplishments by joining Miss Major’s Retirement Circle.

Miss Major’s tireless work fighting for incarcerated TGI people has pushed forward our movement for collective liberation and changed the national discussions around mass incarceration and our communities. As we build energy and power for justice and change, we must also move material resources. Act now to support Miss Major’s retirement and to support TGIJP in continuing our transformative trans liberation work:

1. Make a one-time or recurring donation to Miss Major’s Retirement Circle.

2. Before they run out, get your ticket to Miss Major’s epic retirement party on October 25th, or if you cannot make the party, you can still support it and her legacy at TGIJP (tax deductable).

3. Amplify our ask for people to join Miss Major’s Retirement Circle! Please lift up, mention, repost and make direct asks for people to connect with and give to Miss Major’s Retirement Circle. Facebook, twitter and other social media reposts and engagement will really help!

Thank you for the ongoing work you do in world to carry forward the work towards trans justice and trans liberation. Thank you for embodying the living legacy Miss Major has built of genderific, fabulous, fierce, freedom-seeking and community-grounded people. Together we can celebrate and show up for her the way she has held and shaped our lives and movement!
In love and struggle,
Miss Major’s Retirement Host Committee


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