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!
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.
We are so excited to announce our final 2017 TJFP fellow, Mattee Jim!
Mattee is of the Zuni People Clan and born for the Towering House People Clan, this is how she identifies herself as a Navajo Person. Mattee currently works as a Supervisor for HIV Prevention Programs for First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, NM. Mattee is also a Board Member for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and A member of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Native LGBTQ. Mattee has been Blessed to have many years of Sobriety and also takes honor in being a Mentor, Advocate, role model, Trainer, Consultant, Leader, and a Strong Native Transgender Woman.
We are so looking forward to spending time and learning from your brilliance!
We are so excited to welcome Que to the 2017 TJFP community grantmaking panel!
Quentin “Que” Bell is a Black Trans activist, entrepreneur, and mentor born and raised in historic Selma, Alabama. Que received his Bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurial Concentration. In the fall, Que, will be attending Auburn University pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration focusing on Non-Profit Management. While at ASU Que found a way to combine his entrepreneurial spirit with his passion for advocacy and founded The Knights & Orchids Society. TKO is a southern centered grassroots startup led by black, queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming people fighting at the intersections of racial and gender justice. Since 2012 Quentin’s goal remains unchanged, to improve the quality of life within the LGBTQ+ community by creating safe spaces that empower, educate, and unite Trans, GNC, & Queer role models of color. Que has dedicated his adult life to actively serving in leadership positions to help advance the fight for LGBTQ equality and inclusion while increasing visibility for Trans men of color.
We are so excited to welcome Drew Jones to the TJFP team!
Drew is a white trans queer parent who started engaging in community advocacy work 15 years ago, starting with founding the first trans youth support group in Dallas. He received his BA in Anthropology with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of North Texas. At Gallaudet University he completed his MA in Deaf Cultural Studies with an award winning ASL based documentary made with a young Black Deaf trans girl about her experiences at her Deaf school in DC (A Brutal Awakening, 2007). After 8 years in DC and Philadelphia, sudden illness brought him back to Texas, where he is focusing on raising his young kids and supporting social justice work and community through Dharma teaching.
Looking forward to your brilliance!
Can we count on you to dream big with us this year?
It’s TJFP’s 5th year and our community grant making fellowship team is finishing up reading ALL 176 applications before arriving in New York to make final decisions by the end of this month.
We’re so close to the $10,000 mark and we still believe that with your help, we can make our $50k by 5/25 goal.
No donation is too big or too small-so even if you can donate $1, it really does make a difference.
Let’s show these groups what support looks like, especially in 2017. Together, we got this. Trans justice NOW!
Thank you Nina Chaubal for saying “Yes!” to joining TJFP’s 2017 funding team!
Nina Chaubal is a queer, South Asian trans woman who is the co-founder and Director of Operations of Trans Lifeline – the first national crisis hotline for transgender people by transgender people. Her work focuses on preventing suicide and building a more resilient trans community. An immigrant from India, Nina also works on issues facing trans immigrants. Prior to her work with Trans Lifeline, Nina was a software engineer on Google’s Search team. As Trans Lifeline’s resident geek she has used her technical and entrepreneurial skills to provide resources, build community and draw attention to issues faced by trans people. In whatever counts as her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, building all kinds of things with her wife Greta, complaining about bad user interfaces and obsessing about dumplings.
Stay with us for more 2017 TJFP Fellowship announcements and more!
Check out the ONE HUNDRED AND TWO fabulous 2016 grantees, review articles, interviews, infographics and so much more. This report is filled with groups and information you just can’t find anywhere else. Please enjoy and feel free to share widely!
Cover art by Micah Bazant, www.micahbazant.com
“Being part of the 2016 funding panel had so much meaning for me, far beyond the honor of being asked to serve. I’m not sure how TJFP did it, but the mix of lived experiences in this group of panelists seemed like it had been orchestrated with great skill. We worked together — we agreed, we disagreed, and we agreed to disagree. But I don’t believe there was a moment in which I didn’t see the dedication and commitment from each of the panelists.”
-Stephanie Mott, TJFP 2016 Panelist
And don’t forget, this year we’re hoping to spread the love through resources more then ever. If you can, please make your donation today to help us raise 50K by 5/25 for trans justice! Even $1 matters!
“It is my hope that our people have a fighting chance-that those of us
that are able, continue to use our strength to pursue life and ensure
that all of us have a chance at the lives we dream of” -Elle Hearns, 2016 Grantmaking Panelist
176. That’s the unbelievable number of applications we received this year!
TJFP’s 2015 grantmaking team feeling it!
As we enter our fifth year, TJFP is seriously committed to moving more money
then ever before to our communities.
Many of you have been long time supporters of TJFP and believed in us
from the very beginning and we want you to know that we have always
believed in you! By truly trusting in trans leadership to make funding decisions by and for our communities, we are
able to do what some thought was impossible.
So once again we invite you to join us–however you can–to ensure
grassroots groups have the resources they need to continue organizing,
supporting, advocating, and fighting for trans justice and liberation.
Please stay tuned, more exciting news is on the way!