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TJFP is Hiring!

The Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP) is hiring!

We’re looking for someone who LOVES logistics, has database experience, is a problem solving Jedi and is passionate about trans justice!

If you are interested in applying please read the job description below and follow the application requirements.

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Trans Justice Funding Project Administrative Coordinator Position

Deadline to Apply: November 20th
Start Date: December 7th
Based in: New York City

About TJFP: We are a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. We make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to carefully review every application we receive. We center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trans leadership. Before you apply, please take the time to read more about us at www.transjusticefundingproject.org.

About the Position: TJFP is a national fund packed into a tiny, two-person grassroots organization. Our mission is to trust and support trans leadership. That means we work hard to make things easy for our grantees and for our community grantmaking panel members. And that means we take on a ton of logistics.

We are looking for someone who LOVES logistics. Building a database, planning events, making spreadsheets, organizing files—these are a few of your favorite things. This job is the organizational peanut butter that holds our PB&J together! And it’s a big job: you’ll be responsible for making sure that hundreds of groups can seamlessly apply to us, that all our grantees get their checks (this year we gave out 87 grants!), and that our community grantmaking panel members from across the country make it to New York City with everything they need taken care of.

The Administrative Coordinator’s duties include:

  • Managing our Salesforce database of applicants and donors
  • Managing the grant application process
    Providing technical support to all applicants and to the community grantmaking panel as they review applications. Gathering and organizing all financial data required to issue grant checks.
  • Planning the community grantmaking panel weekend meeting
    Organizing travel, lodging, and food for six panelists and our facilitators, and working expertly to address various accessibility and participation needs.
  • Communications support
    Answering emails and calls, helping to write our annual report, working on blog posts, articles, newsletters, and social media. Spanish-speaking a plus!
  • Fundraising support
    Thanking donors, helping to write appeals, working on our annual fundraising campaign, helping plan local fundraising parties.
  • Community engagement
    Occasional public speaking and representing TJFP at events, tabling at conferences.
  • Workplanning and managing workflow
    Keeping TJFP and everyone involved on track, managing projects with Asana.

The right person for the job will be:

  • An excellent communicator and collaborator
  • Passionate about trans justice
  • Experienced in working with diverse communities
  • A skilled writer
  • Tech savvy and a database pro
  • Talented at creating systems and structures
  • A fierce problem solver
  • Detail-oriented
  • Motivated and independent
  • Able to work both alone and in a team
  • Patient and kind—can answer questions in a way that makes people feel respected and cared for
  • An expert and loving caretaker who knows that taking care of people is what this work is all about!

Benefits: This is a full-time, 40 hour-a-week salaried position with full benefits. The salary is $45,000 a year.

If you are interested in applying, please email info@transjusticefundingproject.org by November 20th with:

  • Your resume
  • One page cover letter
  • Brief writing sample (1-2 pages)
  • Contact information for three references you have worked with closely

Trans and gender non-conforming people—especially women, immigrants, and people of color—are strongly encouraged to apply. We are also committed to accessibility and to working together with you to develop an accessibility plan.

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Are transgender issues the next issue after gay marriage? TJFP gets mentioned in The Chronicle of Philanthropy


After the Supreme Court’s favorable ruling on gay marriage, Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, is shutting the organization down. He says his staff is in demand from other gay-rights groups.   TIMOTHY A. CLARY, AFP, GETTY IMAGES

“Although nonprofit work on behalf of the transgender community has been going on for decades, said Kris Hayashi, executive director at the Transgender Law Center, “I definitely have also heard people talk about transgender issues as the next issue after marriage. “Increased awareness about the struggles transgender people face has not translated to more money to organizations that support them, Ms. Keisling said.

“Considering how much interest we have in the public and the media, I would have thought there’d be a lot more interest among foundations,” she said.”

There are a lot of friends of TJFP in this article saying really smart things.  Oh, and we’re in it too!

Read the full article, Gay-Rights Focus Turns to Stopping Violence and Intolerance  here.

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Announcing the 2015 TJFP Grantees!

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The 2015 TJFP grantmaking team and TJFP staff

It really happened!

Congratulations to everyone who applied and to this years grantees!

Even though we weren’t able to fund all of the incredible trans justice groups who applied, we’re ecstatic that we were able to distribute $200,000 amongst 87 groups!

Every year we continue to grow thanks to tremendous community support.   We are always amazed by you and always extremely grateful.

Please stay tuned to view all 2015 applicants who met our criteria. Whether groups received a grant or not, their work is equally important and will be added to our directory.  It’s about supporting AND mapping trans justice!

Finally, a very special thank you to our community grantmaking panel (and team) who read each and every application and put so much love into the entire grant making process.  Ruby, Trudie, M’Bwende, Mel, Colin, Marin, Nico, Andrea and Rebecca, you were one brilliant and hardworking crew.  What a pleasure it was to work with you.

And now, the grantees…


$5000  Arcoíris Liberation Team, Phoenix, AZ

$2500  Arizona Queer and Undocumented Immigrant Project,  Phoenix, AZ

$5000  Mariposas Sin Fronteras (Butterflies Without Borders),  Tucson, AZ

$1000  Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson, AZ



$2500  Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, Little Rock, AR



$1000 Criminal Queers Film, San Francisco, CA

$5000  Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles, CA

$2500  Immigrant Youth Coalition, Los Angeles, CA

$2500  MAJOR! A New Documentary Film, San Francisco, CA

$1000  S.G. Reichen Trans Assistance Fund, San Diego, CA

$1000  San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

$5000  T-FFED: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders, Los Angeles, CA

$1000  Trans Lifeline, San Francisco, CA

$1000  Trans Student Educational Resources, Claremont, CA

$1000  Trans Worker Center, Long Beach, CA

$5000  Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), San Francisco, CA

$1000  The Altar: Ki’tay Lives, Los Angeles, CA



$1000  Boulder Pride/Out Boulder, Boulder, CO

$1000  Colorado Springs Queer Collective, Parker, CO


Washington DC

$1000  OTHER (Organization for Transgender Health & Employment Resources), Washington, DC



$2500  Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach, FL



$2500  JustUsATL, Atlanta, GA

$5000  LaGender Inc., East Point, GA

$2500  Trans(forming), East Point, GA

$1000  Unheard Voices, Roswell, GA



$1000  GenderNexus, Inc., Pendleton, IN

$2500  Invisible to Invincible API Pride of Chicago, Chicago, IL

$1000  RAD Remedy, Chicago, IL

$2500  Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago, IL



$1000  TSTAR, Louisville, KY



$2500  New Legacy Ministries, New Orleans, LA



$5000  Sistas of the “t”, Baltimore, MD
$2500  Trans Women of Color Coalition, Baltimore, MD



$1000  Maine Transgender Network, Kennebunkport, ME



$1000  20% Theatre Company Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN



$2500  Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit, MI

$1000  Trans* Leadership Project, Okemos, MI



$2500  Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St Louis, MO

$5000  The Sisterhood (Missouri GSA Network), St Louis, MO


$1000  Bois of the Sippi, Corinth, MS



$2500  Gender Expansion Project, Missoula, MT

$5000  Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula, MT


North Carolina

$5000  HendFact Henderson (Henderson Fuerza Activa), Henderson, NC

$1000  Transformers, Asheville, NC

$1000  Tranzmission, Asheville, NC


New Mexico

$5000  Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM



$2500  Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
$1000  Transgender Allies Group, Reno, NV


New York 

$2500  Black Trans Media, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Community Kinship Life (CK Life), Bronx, NY

$5000  Translatina Network, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Destination Tomorrow, Bronx, NY

$1000  New York City Trans Oral History Project, New York, NY

$1000  DOPE Collective/TRANSgressions, Buffalo, NY

$5000  Jay’s House, Brooklyn, NY

$5000  Lorena Borjas Community Fund, Jackson Heights, NY

$5000  Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Brooklyn, NY

$2500  Star People Film, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Third Root Education Exchange, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Trans in Action, New York, NY



$1000  Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati, OH

$1000  Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH

$1000  TransOhio, Inc., Columbus, OH



$1000  The Bridgewalkers Committee, Portland, OR

$1000  TransActive Gender Center, Portland, OR

$1000  Lower Columbia Gender Alliance, Astoria, OR

$1000  NW Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp (TWAC), Portland, OR

$5000  Trans Health PDX, Portland, OR



$1000  Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Lehigh Valley, PA

$2500  Garden of Peace Project, Homestead, PA


Rhode Island 

$1000  TGI Network of Rhode Island, Providence, RI


South Carolina 

$2500  We Are Family’s Trans* Love Fund, Charleston, SC



$5000  Tennessee Trans Journey Project, Nashville, TN



$5000  Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas, TX

$1000  Transgender Education Network of Texas, College Station, TX

$2500  allgo, Austin, TX

$2500  Black Transmen Inc, Dallas, TX

$5000  Cicada Collective, Lewisville, TX

$1000  Gender Infinity, Houston, TX

$1000  Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic – Houston, Houston, TX



$1000  Outreach Resource Centers, Ogden, UT
$1000  Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
$2500  TransAction Utah, Salt Lake City, UT



$1000  Green Mountain Crossroads, Brattleboro, VT
$1000  Trans*farming VT, Burlington, VT



$1000  Trans Advocacy Group Olympia, Olympia, WA



$1000  WI Trans Health, Madison, WI

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Introducing 2015 TJFP Panelist, Marin Watts!

Marin Watts TJFP 2015 Panelist

Marin Watts, 2015 TJFP Panelist

Completing the 2015 TJFP all-star grant making team is.. long time TJFP volunteer, Marin Watts!

Marin is a queer trans Filipino-American videographer, artist, and media educator living and working in East Harlem, NY. Culturally rooted in the American South, with family ties to the Philippines, he uses video, photography, and textiles to explore the intersections of culture, gender, and ethnicity within his artistic practice. His work has been exhibited in Atlanta, San Francisco, and New York as well as internationally in the UK.

In addition to his artistic work he is tireless advocate for social justice, with a particular emphasis on media education and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and gender non-conforming communities. He’s spent the last decade working with homeless populations, and providing arts and media education and support to LGBTQ youth. As an educator, he focuses on LGBTQ youth programming and media education. He believes art and media can have tremendous transformative effects on how youth view and value themselves, and that it is critical that young people see themselves reflected in the media. He’s committed to helping young people find their voice, harness their stories, and change the landscape of queer media.

TJFP has loved working with you over the last year and we cannot wait to have you at the decision making table, Marin!

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TJFP gets mentioned in Buzzfeed’s 10 Things You Can Do For Transgender Day Of Visibility

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In honor of Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31st, here are 10 ways to show your support for the trans community.  Thanks for the shout out Buzzfeed!

Please consider making a donation for the Trans Justice Funding Project’s 2015 funding cycle today?

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Introducing 2015 TJFP Panelist, Ruby Corado!


Ruby Corado, 2015 TJFP Panelist

TJFP is honored to have former grantee, Ruby Corado join this year’s grant making panel.

Ruby was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. She fled a civil war when she was 16 years old. Now 45 years old, she has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 30 years where She has devoted the last 20 as an advocate for the inclusion of Transgender, Gender Queer and Gender Non Conforming Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual people in main stream society.
She is a self made tireless advocate and leader for social justice, her hard work has help gain legal protections for the communities she serves in Washington, DC. She has fought for LGBT Human Rights, Transgender Liberation, Immigration Equality, Access to Health Care, Hate Crimes/violence and many other disparities and issues facing the communities that she represents.
Ruby’s work has been featured by News Week Magazine 2003, Washington Post, 2003-2014, The Washington Blade, 2003-2014, Metro Weekly Magazine 2007-2014, Washington City Paper 2010/13, Washington Times, 2012, The advocate Magazine 2012, NBC Latino, 2013 and by News Channel 4, 5, 7, 9, Univision DC, CBS Radio, Pacifica Radio, National Public Radio among other media channels.
She has been awarded The Capital Pride Heroes in 2005, Metro Weekly, Trans America 2006, Latino LGBT History Project Heroes Exhibit 2007, 25 Most Influential Latino LGBT actvists By Latino Voice 2009, Stein Democrats. Heil-Balin Community Service Award 2011, Capital Pride Engendered Spirit Awards, 2011, Gay And Lesbians Activists Alliance GLLA, Distinguish Service Award 2012, The Activist Of The Year By the African American Prism Awards 2012, Ten LGBTQ Latin@s That Make us Proud By XQSi Magazine 2012, The DC Center Community Center Service Award 2013, Gays And Lesbians Opposing Violence, Community Service Award 2013. Sheroes Award 2013, DC Chamber Of Commerce, community service award 2014, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association, community service award, 2014

We’re counting the minutes till we get to work with you, Ruby!

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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!


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!


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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Announcing the 2015 Trans Justice Funding Project Facilitators

The Trans Justice Funding Project is pleased to announce its 2015 community-led grantmaking panel facilitators!

Black Dog Andrea

2015 TJFP Facilitator, Andrea Jenkins

TJFP facilitators are essential to our community-led grantmaking process.  They are committed to guiding panelists towards making grant awards rooted in our core values and work tirelessly to facilitate panelists moving money across the U.S.

In 2013 Nico Amador signed on to become TJFP’s very first facilitator.  In 2014, Nico (our facilitator hero) came back for more.

And in 2014, the fabulously brilliant Andrea Jenkins came on board as a community panelist.

For the 2015 cycle Nico and Andrea will join forces as co-facilitators, both drawing from years of organizing experience and expertise.

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2015 TJFP Facilitator, Nico Amador

Obviously, TJFP couldn’t possibly be any happier about that.

Please continue for facilitator bios!

Andrea Jenkins is an Award winning poet and writer. Most recently was awarded a Bush Fellowship and a Fellowship in the Cultural Community Leadership Institute at Intermedia Arts and sponsored by the Bush Foundation and named a fellow in the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights Center. Last year she won the Verve Grant for Spoken Artist at Intermedia Arts and the Naked Stages Grant for Emerging Performance Artist at Pillsbury House Theatre. She is a Givens Foundation Fellow working Amiri Baraka and J. Otis Powell! She has won the Loft Mentor Series in 2002 and the Napa Valley Writers Conference scholarship in 2003.Andrea earned her Masters of Science, Community Economic Development –Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, a Certificate, University of St. Thomas, Community Leadership Institute, and Bachelors of Science, Human Services / Interpersonal Communications – Metropolitan State University and has a MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University.

She has performed with The Outward Spiral, Mama Mosaic and many others. Andrea has self-published three chapbooks of poems called “tributaries: poems celebrating black history, “Pieces of a Scream: New and Selected Poems”, and “The “T” is NOT Silent”. She currently is co-curator of the Queer Voices Reading Series at Intermedia Arts. She has been published in several anthologies including, “Gender Outlaws Two: The Next Generation”, “When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience” edited by, Kate Lynn Hibbard and “The Naked I: Wide Open” and “The Naked I: Inside Out”, edited by 20% Theater and most recently in “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America” edited by Dr. Wallace Swan.

Andrea works as a Senior Policy Aide to City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden, serves as Board Chair at Intermedia Arts and lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Nico Amador grew up in California and is now a trainer, organizer and writer based in Philadelphia, PA. Nico got his start as a trainer working with youth around issues of oppression and leading workshops on the impacts of militarism and the prison industrial complex on people of color. As part of the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Nonviolent Youth Collective, Nico helped to train volunteers preparing to do human rights work in Colombia, led week-long retreats on nonviolence and social justice, and organized a California arts and education tour.

As part of Training for Change, Nico has led workshops in the US, Canada and Europe for groups such as Choice USA, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Energy Action Coalition, Greenpeace, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Earth Quaker Action Team, the New Sanctuary Movement, Prometheus Radio Project, and the Diverse City Fund.

Nico is also an experienced community organizer who has participated in grassroots efforts for prison abolition, urban farming, and keeping casinos out of residential neighborhoods. Most recently he led a campaign that successfully changed a policy that was causing harassment of transgender riders on Philadelphia’s public transportation system.

He has authored articles such as “Lessons from the Borders: Empowering Participants with Disabilities and Transgender Participants” and “Into the Streets! Training as a Tactic” and has published poetry in a few small journals and anthologies.

Please join us in welcoming Andrea and Nico.



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