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Announcing TJFP’s 2022 Grantees!

We’re pleased to announce that in our tenth year of grantmaking, TJFP’s 2022 grantmaking fellows awarded $1.25 MILLION dollars in grants to 204 trans-led grassroots groups, projects, and organizations doing amazing, creative, and groundbreaking trans justice work across the US and US territories. Including the groups that received a ReUp for this year, that’s $1.9 million dollars going out to 355 groups. Find out more through our 2022 grantee directory page, and see the full list below!

We blew our spring fundraising goal out of the water! We hoped to raise $250,000 by May 27th, and thanks to our incredible community of supporters and donors, we raised nearly three times that amount.

From that abundance, TJFP’s 2022 Community Grantmaking Fellows chose to do something extraordinary and beautiful. They split the $1.25 million dollars that was raised for this grant cycle equally among the groups selected. This means that each grantee is receiving the same grant amount, $6,127.45. And because of the generous giving of our community, and two very large last minute unexpected donations, we also chose to give an extra cash gift to each of the 204 grantees.

To honor ten years of grassroots trans justice, and as added support in our tumultuous and challenging political climate, we’ll be giving each of the 2022 grantees a gift of an additional $3,872.55. Yup, you read that right…. All 204 groups selected by the 2022 grantmaking panel will be getting a TJFP grant for $6,127.45 and an extra cash gift of $3,872.55. So, in total, each group is receiving $10,000 dollars from TJFP in our tenth year of grantmaking!!

Over the past few months, the 2022 community grantmaking fellows spent hour after hour carefully reading and reviewing hundreds of applications from trans-led, grassroots groups and projects from around the country. As a cohort of trans, BIPOC organizers and activists, TJFP’s fellows have the opportunity to sit in the powerful role of grantmaker, a power often held by people and institutions outside of their communities. Yet since our fellows belong to trans and non-binary communities in the very places we see applications coming in from, this position can also come with the heavy weight of tough funding decisions. Our fellows do this highly emotional work with a whole lot of heart: reviewing applications using an intersectional lens, paying close attention to where resources are being redistributed geographically, and doing this with no strings attached and trusting that TJFP grantees know what’s best for their own communities.

Our Community Grantmaking Fellows, grantmaking coordination team, and staff are deeply grateful and proud of all that TJFP has accomplished this year. Whether you fundraised on our behalf, shared our social media posts, donated, or used your platforms to lift up grassroots trans organizing, you helped make this happen! Along with the 148 groups that received a ReUp grant this year, we’re moving over $2.7 million dollars in grants to 352 groups in 2022!Of our 204 grantees selected in May…

  • 105 grantees were first-time applicants to TJFP.
  • 87 had no nonprofit status.
  • 10 grantees come from outside of the lower 48 states, including Puerto Rico and other US territories.
  • 171 grantees indicated BIPOC leadership–with 79 groups indicating they were led by Black trans women or femmes!

We are so grateful for this year’s team and for the time and energy that was poured into every part of this process. While community-led grantmaking isn’t always quick and easy, it’s always worth it for us!

It’s because of this team and our amazing community that we were able to give so much money to so many incredible grassroots trans justice groups. As always, we are inspired by each and every application that was submitted.

Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of the legacy of our trans justice movements.

We hope that as you look through all the amazing trans justice groups that were funded this year, and explore our map of TJFP’s applicants and grantees over the last ten years, you find some hope and solace amongst everything that’s going on.

 

2022 Grantees
Listed alphabetically by state and alphabetically by group name.
The groups listed below with an asterisk (*) are 2021/2022 grantees that received a ReUp grant.

Alaska

The Queen’s Guard, Wasilla

United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance, Anchorage *

 

Alabama

SDC Trans GNC Group, Florence

Visibly Trans*, Birmingham *

 

American Samoa

IMPACT American Samoa, Pago Pago

 

Arkansas

Intransitive, Mabelvale *

The Young Transwomens Project, Little Rock *

 

Arizona

DREAM School, Tucson

Fluxx Productions, Tucson *

Kindred Connections, Tucson

Peacework Medical, Phoenix

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson

The Outlaw Project, Phoenix

Trans Pride Foundation, Flagstaff *

TRANSplants Desert Garden, Tucson *

 

California

#brotherhood, Stockton

A.B.O. Comix, Oakland

Access Inclusion Advancement Project, Anaheim

Adsit Media, San Leandro *

Alianza Translatinx, Santa Ana *

Beyond Binary Legal, Long Beach *

Brown Recluse, Oakland

C.R.I.M.E., Los Angeles

Deaf Queer Resource Center, San Francisco *

Dem Bois Inc., San Pablo *

FEDUP Collective, San Diego

Financial Wellness for QT BIPOC, San Diego

Fireweed Collective, Richmond *

Health Justice Commons, Richmond *

Homobiles, San Leandro

House of Resilience, San Diego *

Indigenous Pride Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Inland Empire Prism Collective, San Bernardino

Invisible Men, Compton *

Lady J and Linda Kay’s House, Antelope *

Lafemmebear Music, Kelseyville *

Los Angeles Spoonie Collective, Northridge

North State Trans/GNC Project, Chico

Orange County Translatinas, Anaheim *

Parivar Bay Area, Oakland *

PEACE Out Loud, Berkeley

Proyecto Trans Latina, San Diego *

Queer Mango, Los Angeles

RCSCC Transgender Support Services-Trans Job Development, Oakland

Reclaim UGLY, Oakland

San Francisco Trans March, San Francisco *

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco *

Somos Familia Valle, Sun Valley

The Herbal Trans Health Book Team, Oakland *

The Spoonie Uni Project, San Bernardino

The TAJA Coalition, San Leandro *

The TG/ENBY Project, Los Angeles *

Trans & Nonbinary Housing Collective, Cameron Park

Trans Advocacy & Care Team (TACT), Berkeley *

Trans Peer Mentor Program, San Francisco *

Trans-E-Motion, Clovis *

TRANScend Collective, Galt

TRANScend Retreat, San Francisco

TRANScending in Nature, Greenfield

TransTech Social Enterprises, Culver City

Tranz of Anarchii Inc, Tracy

Unique Woman’s Coalition, West Hollywood*

Voluminous Arts Trans-Led Halloquium (Artist SHowcase), Glendale *

Y.G.S.L.R.H. S.T.F.U.T., Los Angeles *

 

Colorado

Authentic Creations Artistic Apothecary, Denver *

Denver Community Fridges, Denver *

Friends like Me, Englewood *

 

District of Columbia

DC Area Transmasculine Society, Washington *

Halal And Queer Collective (HAQ Collective), Washington *

Makers Lab, Washington *

No Justice No Pride, Washington

Plantita Power, Washington

Sovereign EarthWorks, Washington

Theythey Collective, Washington

 

Florida

Bridging the gap!, Fort Lauderdale *

Color N Raw, Fort Lauderdale

comrades in arms, Gainesville

Gender Advancement Project, Orlando *

LIPS Tampa, Tampa

Marsha’s Web, Hollywood

Moving Forward Wellness Coaching, Oakland Park *

No.Str8s, Gainesville *

Qlatinx, Orlando

Queer Tallahassee Artists Collective, Tallahassee

Rooted Resistance, Tallahassee *

Shannon’s Arms, Fort Lauderdale

Social Film Projects LLC, North Miami Beach

The Halfway Point, Tallahassee

The McKenzie Project, Miami *

The Passionvine Project, Lake Worth *

The Queer-Trans Project, Atlantic Beach

The Reflect Collective, Miami

TRANS (Transition Resources And Navigation Services), Jacksonville

Trans Collaborative Network, Plantation *

Trans Playhouse, Doral *

Transcending Adolescence, Jacksonville

Transgender Awareness Project, Jacksonville *

Transgender Empowerment Alliance, Jacksonville

TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami

Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach

Unspoken Treasure Society Inc., Gainesville *

 

Georgia

Community EsTr(El-La), Atlanta *

Community Roots, Decatur *

FOR OUR SIBS Inc., Decatur *

Game Changing Men, Newnan

Genderfied, Norcross *

I Am Human Foundation, Ellenwood *

IATBP, ATLANTA

La Gender Inc, Atlanta

Phoenix Transition Program, Conley *

Queer Cultures, Atlanta *

Sexual Liberation Collective, Decatur

Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta

T4T Caregiving, Loganville

The Prizm Shyne Project, Conley *

TMBLM, Inc., Atlanta *

Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta *

TRANScending Barriers, ATLANTA

TWOC Healing Project, Newnan *

 

Hawaii

Gender Liberation Collective, Honolulu

Hawaii Queers, Ewa Beach

HI SIS, Honolulu *

Ka Aha Mahu, Honolulu

Na Lei Pulama, Kihei *

The Trans Alaka’i Collective, Hilo *

 

Iowa

enfleshed, Iowa City

 

Idaho

Black Liberation Collective, Idaho, Boise *

 

Illinois

Chicago Therapy Collective, Chicago *

Cicero Community Farm, Cicero

Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), Chicago *

 

Indiana

GenderNexus, Indianapolis

Trans Solutions Research and Resource Center, Indianapolis

Transgender Resource Education and Enrichment Services, South Bend

 

Kansas

Our Spot KC, Kansas City *

 

Kentucky

Gender Diversity Network, Louisville

Tiger’s Eye Collective, Louisville *

 

Louisiana 

Amor y Solidaridad, Scott

Black Life Response, New Orleans

Last Call, New Orleans

LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theater, New Orleans *

New Legacy Ministries, Bogalusa

Real Name Campaign NOLA, New Orleans *

The S.O.L.I.D Initiative, New Orleans *

Transitions Louisiana, New Orleans *

 

Massachusetts 

Finca Luna Buho, Cheshire

Massachusetts Sex Worker Ally Network (MASWAN), Brighton *

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (1), Boston

PRIDEEXTENDED, Chicopee *

sense, Amherst *

the Stiyu Project, Worcester *

The Trans Asylum Seekers Support Network, Greenfield

Trans Doe Task Force, Orange

 

Maryland

CVO, Owings Mills *

Element of Hope, Baltimore

Idyll Dandy Arts, Dowelltown *

Maryland Trans*Unity, Silver Spring

Trans Maryland, GAITHERSBURG

Trans People of Color Coalition, Baltimore

Trans-Latinx DMV, Baltimore

 

Maine

Outright Lewiston/Auburn, Auburn

Portland Outright, Portland

Queer Kid Creative, South Portland

 

Michigan

Black Men Rock Brotherhood, Detroit

Black TG Voices, Detroit

GADES – Grassroots Activism Direct Emergency Support, Pontiac

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, Grand Rapids

Hope for Trans Futures Training Programs, Kalamazoo *

Miss Mouthy Podcast, Detroit

Native Justice Coalition, Manistee *

Niyyah, Oak Park

Nuii Waav Brotherhood, Detroit *

Queers Taking Initiative, Alma *

Teamabad, Detroit

TGNC Wellness Workers Summit, Detroit

Transcend the Binary, Waterford

Wild Ferns Wellness, Lansing

 

Minnesota

Cuir Kitchen Brigade, Minneapolis

Minnesota Trans Disabled Care Fund, St. Paul *

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis

Open Flame Theatre, Minneapolis

Queer Science, Minneapolis Queer Science

SPIRAL Collective, Saint Paul *

TIGERRS, Minneapolis *

Transmission Ministry Collective, Saint Paul *

 

Missouri

Black Transcendence, Saint Louis

Gabriella Rosé Justice Support System, Wildwood

Northland Pride, Gladstone *

St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH), St. Louis *

The Nafasi Center, Kansas City

Trans artist collective, Kansas City *

Trans Housing Initiative St. Louis, ST. LOUIS

Transformations Youth Organization, Kansas City *

 

Mississippi 

Awakening Love, Jackson

Bois of the Sippi, Corinth *

Love Me Unlimited 4life/4 Evercareing Evonne, Jackson *

Madams of Excellence LLC, Jackson

 

Montana

Flathead Gender Identity Project, Kalispell

Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center, Great Falls *

Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula

TransVisible Montana, Missoula

 

North Carolina

Assata Collective, Charlotte *

Fuerza Unión Múltiple – FUM, Henderson *

Greensboro Mutual Aid, Greensboro *

House of Jade, Greensboro

HYPHA Healing Garden & Apothecary, Durham *

Onslow County LGBTQ Community Center, Jacksonville

SPECTRUM Club, Smithfield

The Paris Project, Charlotte

Trans Empowerment Project, Jacksonville

Transgress: Digital Resistance Collective, Charlotte *

Transitioning Of The Carolinas, Charlotte *

Tranzmission, Inc., Asheville

 

North Dakota 

Evolve;, Jamestown *

 

Nebraska

Trans Collaborations, Kearney *

 

New Jersey

New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance (NJRUA), Newark *

 

New Mexico

Bent Gardens, Santa Fe *

Equality In Employment Opportunities,  Albuquerque

Raíz Colectivx, Albuquerque

Trans Liberation Coalition, Albuquerque *

Transwoman Empowerment Initiative (TEI), Albuquerque *

 

Northern Mariana Islands

T-Project, Saipan *

 

Nevada

Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas

United Terrirtories of Pacific Islanders Alliance Las Vegas, Las Vegas

 

New York

(LEGION) League for Equity Of Gender In Our Neighborhoods, Rochester

Aaron Arthur-Gray (Search Forward Media), New York

bklyn boihood, Brooklyn *

Black Trans Blessings, Manhattan

Bluestockings Cooperative, New York *

Body Hack, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Ghost Project Inc., Brooklyn

CK Life, Bronx

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo, Jackson Heights *

Crystal LaBeija Organizing Fellowship, New York, NY

Dorian Corey Project/TRANSgressions, Kenmore *

Garden in the Wake, Brooklyn

In Honor Of Our Roots, Brooklyn *

Indigo Rising, Ithaca

Lion’s Tooth Project, Newburgh *

National LGBTQ Workers Center, New York

Princess Janae Place, Bronx

QTPoC Mental Health, Brooklyn

queer Haudenosaunee land project, Ridgewood *

Radical Truth, Ithaca

Reuniting of African Descendants (ROAD), New York

Rochester Black Pride, Rochester*

Southern Tier Transgender Advocacy Group, Endicott

The Awakening Trans Art Coalition (ATAC), Boiceville

The BSWC Philly, New York

The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center, New York

Trans Closet Hudson Valley, Saugerties

Transgender Resilience Project, Bronx

What Will I Become, Bronx *

Xchange for Change, Brooklyn *

Yoga for Top Surgery Recovery, Patchogue *

 

Ohio

Black Transmen of Ohio, Columbus

Margie’s Hope, Akron  *

META Center Inc, Akron

Transgender Mentorship of Cincinnati, Cincinnati

TransOhio, Burton

 

Oklahoma

Cousins, Oklahoma City

Diversity Center of Oklahoma, Inc., Oklahoma City

Transpire Oklahoma, Inc., Tulsa

Tulsa Intersectional Care Network, Tulsa

 

Oregon

BI2S ARTISTS, Portland *

Point of Pride, Eugene

Transpose PDX, Portland *

 

Pennsylvania

Ark of Safety, Philadelphia

Coalition for Black Trans Economic Liberation, Philadelphia *

Eastern PA Trans Equity Project, Orefield

Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia *

Heauxs In The Woods, Philadelphia

HG Freedman Illustration, Philadelphia

Housing Reparations Philly, Philadelphia

Lititz Chooses Love, Penryn

Sage Legacy Project, Philadelphia *

Tertium Quid, BRYN MAWR

The Wealth Redistribution Group, Philadelphia

transcribez, Philadelphia *

Visible Truth 365, Philadelphia *

Youthphoria, Abington

 

Puerto Rico

Ahí viene la e, San Juan

Círculo Violeta, Mayagüez , PR *

Casa Yamoca Opia, San German *

Colectivo Educativo por la perspectiva de género, Mayagüez

Colectivx Colectivx, San Juan

Editorial Casa Cuna, Hormigueros

El Sazon de Titi Shaky, San Juan

Entre Putxs Puerto Rico, San Juan

Espejos Cempazuchitl, Trujillo Alto

EspicyNipples, Guayama

Kellan Artgraphy, San Juan *

La Sombrilla Cuir, San Juan

Ominira Healing Village, San Juan *

Trans Goofy Games PR, San Juan *

 

South Carolina

Pride Link, Greenville

T-Time Transgender Support, Myrtle Beach

Transgender Awareness Alliance, LEXINGTON

 

Tennessee

Bead + Cowrie, LLC, Nashville

Memphis TransLove, Memphis

The Meadow Collective, Liberty

 

Texas

3 of Cups, Houston

Black trans texas Connection, Houston

Black Transmen, Inc., Carrollton

Black Transwomen Inc, Carrollton

Coastal Bend Trans Alliance, Corpus Christi

Corazon Conuko, Houston *

Embrace Austin, Austin

Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas, Houston *

Project Liferaft, Austin  *

Proyecto Casa De Colores, El Paso

Rainbow community texas, Houston

San Antonio Gender Association (SAGA), San Antonio *

Save Our Sisters United Inc, Houston

Seahorse Educational Services, Houston

Sex Workers Outreach Project of Austin (SWOP ATX), Austin

The Mahogany Project, Houston

The Next Generation Project, Spring *

Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston, Houston

Trans Maculinos Houston Texas/OLTT, Houston *

Trans Nation, Baytown *

Trans-formation, Baytown

Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT), Austin *

 

Virginia

Black Men Can Cook, North Garden

BONDS, Virginia Beach

CAKE Society Co, Arlington

Diversity in Recovery, North Garden *

Empowering Transgender Services Inc., Hampton *

Garden of Peace Project, Newport News

Grimalkin Records, Dendron *

MULUSA THE RAINBOW VISIBILITY PLATFORM, Alexandria

Power Safe Place Resource Center of Virginia, Inc., Front Royal

QueerRVA, Richmond

Southeastern Transgender Resource Center, Norfolk *

Stand For Art Foundation, Alexandria

The Men in Transition, Hampton

TMSports League, Franklin

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia – TAPVA, Virginia Beach  *

Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington D.C., Burke

Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richond *

Twin Oaks Queer Gathering, Louisa

 

Vermont

Out in the Open, Brattleboro *

Tender Fruits Collective and Farm, Morgan *

 

Washington

CoG: Conspiracy of Geniuses, Seattle

Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound, Puyallup

SocialScope Productions, Seattle *

Taking Black Pride SEA, Tacoma

Trans Prisoner Solidarity Project, Seattle *

Trans Student Educational Resources, Spokane

Transfaith, Philadelphia

 

Wisconsin 

Bleed Shamelessly, Madison

Houze La Femme, Milwaukee

Lovell-Lepak Queer Outreach, Madison *

North Node Clinic, Milwaukee

 

Wyoming

The Rainbow Collective, Casper

WYNOT, Casper

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Unwavering and Unbreakable: Addressing recent attacks on Trans and Non-Binary Youth

Image courtesy of megemikoart.com

 

Dear Friends, Family and Community,

We’re horrified that Texas Governor Abbott has instructed the Department of Family and Protective Services to begin investigating what he and Texas Attorney General Paxton have newly defined “child abuse”: families loving and supporting their trans and gender expansive children. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) wants Texas communities to report parents and “licensed professionals” such as doctors, nurses and teachers, to state authorities if there is any sign they are supporting or providing transition-related care.

According to the ACLU, this “opinion is not legally binding, and it remains up to the courts to interpret Texas laws and the Constitution. Moreover, DFPS cannot remove any child from their parents or guardians without a court order. No court here in Texas or anywhere in the country has ever found that gender-affirming care can be considered child abuse. The opinion released by Paxton cites highly partisan, outdated, and inaccurate information that ignores the consensus of every major medical association and the evidence-based and peer-reviewed standards of care. Trans youth continue to be threatened in Texas by state leadership as part of a politically motivated misinformation campaign that harms children.”

This is only part of a wave of anti-trans legislation that has swept across the United States, and according to Freedom for All Americans, there are more states in the nation considering anti-trans legislation than there are not. (You can see their legislation tracker here.)

According to the ACLU, there are at least 17 states so far in 2022 that have introduced bills that prohibit or criminalize gender-affirming care for trans youth.

The ACLU has also made a statement warning against similar efforts and their impact on trans youth, “If allowed to go into effect, the law will undermine the mental, emotional, and physical health of transgender and non-binary people across the state.”

No matter who you are or where you live 

You can find groups working against these harmful attacks on bodily autonomy and trans lives by taking a look at the map on our website. Our map lists all TJFP applicants and grantees, grassroots trans-led groups organizing for trans liberation, that need the support of people on the ground in their communities! We encourage you to donate directly or offer your time, skills, and support, however you can with groups in your area.

“They don’t want to protect us, they want to control and eradicate us.  And it is through our collective action that we resist and rebuild the world we want and need to live in”  -Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project

A testament from TJFP’s Database & Communications Coordinator, Demian Yoon 

Long before I joined TJFP, I was a trans child in New York, seeking care from my parents and a number of social work and medical professionals to support a transition that was already happening. My transition from numbly accepting a cis, closeted life, to a life where I could demand the care I knew I deserved, could make the moves I needed to be free from dysphoria and distress.

The legal decisions around my name change, the medical decisions around my physical transition, weren’t ones I was allowed to make on my own, and required a lot of second opinions and permission from authority figures. But whether my parents supported me or not, whatever my teachers or doctors had to say about it, I already knew I was trans. Receiving gender-affirming care and transitioning as a child simply let me continue living and growing in a way that felt most correct and right to me.

I do not know what I would have done if I had grown up in a state that interpreted transitioning under the age of 18 as child abuse. When we are children, when we are the most vulnerable and reliant on the authority figures around us, it is already terrifying to know you are trans and to ask for care. It is extraordinarily cruel to tell trans children, and the trans adults that they become, that the love and understanding they do receive is abuse. That the state will reward people who hate them. That all of this is done, supposedly, because the state has an interest in “protecting children.”

I did not and will never need to be protected from the rich, full, trans adolescence I had, the life I grew into through transitioning. The things I actually needed the most protection from were the condescension, mistrust, and archaic ideas about gender that slowed my transition. Even as a fully grown trans adult, coming from a background of strong family support and a relatively uneventful transition, I still feel helpless, still feel so much rage at the surveillance and control forced upon trans children like the one I was. Childhood is for being messy, for exploring and changing, for practicing being human, for learning how to care and support by being supported and cared for. It is not for living white-knuckled in fear and pain, for trying to perform normal good enough, waiting to reach some arbitrary age to possibly access freedom. It is not for fearing your family will be investigated for your personal medical decisions. We all want and need so much more, and we all deserve full and meaningful lives, free of cruel and unnecessary interventions by people far removed from our realities.

Part of TJFP’s mission is to move money to trans-led grassroots groups and projects centering trans justice in the US and US territories. Additionally we honor and amplify the ways our communities organize, create and shift culture, commit their love and care, and fight like hell for trans liberation.

We share your outrage with the seemingly endless attacks on our communities and yet we’re reminded all the time how incredibly powerful our grantees, applicants and our larger TJFP community is. We resist any narratives or efforts that seek to undermine our communities’ survival. Trans communities have proven throughout history that our commitments to keeping each other safe are unwavering and unbreakable. We are committed to trans futures, trans stories, trans families, and trans lives on a deep and personal level because these are ours, our kin in transness and queerness, our family that we will show up to protect. We are here with you!

Here’s what you can do

Chase Strangio identified 3 key action steps in his update on Instagram:

  1. We need to raise awareness. Whether it’s your state or not, make some noise!  People need to know what’s going on.  Utah wants to inspect trans kids’ bodies.  Florida is trying to erase the entire LGBTQIA community.  Arizona is attacking critically needed affirming healthcare again.  GET LOUD.
  2. Contact your legislators.  Visit www.openstate.org to find out what’s happening and start making calls.  Your action is needed and VOTE if you can.  Primaries are coming!
  3. Look to your local organizers for direction and support them however you can. You can donate, offer your skills and services and show up when called on.  Please remember that these groups might be overwhelmed right now and unable to field every call or request but your support is still needed.  Please feel free to check out our directory and digital map to find groups and projects in your area.

We are sending so much love to our trans community everywhere. Always.

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Remembering, Resisting, and Honoring our Resilience

Art by Edxie Betts+ Forward Together. Please visit Forward Together’s Trans Day of Resilience page for “art that dreams beyond resilience, towards our free trans future.”

On this day, November 20th, trans communities, our loved ones, and allies are pausing on a global level to honor and grieve the lives of those who have been taken from us by acts of anti-trans violence. Even though great strides have been made over the years, carving out new opportunities and progress for our people, transphobic violence continues to be a global crisis.

According to Trans Respect vs Transphobia, a devastating 375 trans and gender-diverse people were murdered in the past year around the world.  This number is up from 350 in 2020. 96% of those murdered globally were trans women or transfeminine people. In the United States, the murders of trans people doubled from last year; 89% of the 53 trans people murdered were people of color.

As we know, anti-trans violence is supported by and consistantly intersects with misogyny, racism (especially for Black and brown trans women and migrants), economic injustice, criminalization, and hate towards sex workers.

So once again we come together–however we are able–to light our candles in their memory and speak out the names of those we’ve lost.  Our flames burn brightly for them. Their lives, your life, our lives, are all worthy of receiving love and joy, support and care. As a bare minimum, we deserve to exist, able to move freely as our truest selves without fear.

All of this weighs heavy on our shoulders.

And yet, on this day, November 20th, trans communities, our loved ones and allies are also honoring our resilience, our perseverance, our creativity, our beauty, and our gift of knowing how to take care of each other.

TJFP shares our community’s love and rage and we’re grateful for everyone who works relentlessly to resist, refusing to no longer accept a culture or future where our trans siblings experience violence in all of its forms.

Today and every day we hope to honor and support you, our grantees, friends, family and community.  We will remember and we will continue to press forward.  And we thank those of you who do this with us.

Change is not possible without action and we see our beautiful community actively fighting for a liberated future for us all.

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Announcing TJFP’s 2021 Grantees!

We’re pleased to announce that TJFP’s 2021 grantmaking fellows awarded $850,000 in grants to 191 trans-led grassroots groups, projects, and organizations doing amazing, creative, and groundbreaking trans justice work across the US and US territories! Find out more through our 2021 grantee directory page, and see the full list at the bottom of this post!

Through your donations and efforts, we exceeded our $90k fundraising goal and raised an incredible $138,570! That means we’re able to move $850,000 to these grassroots trans-led groups this year, in the form of grants in the amount of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000.

Our Community Grantmaking Fellows, grantmaking coordination team, and staff are deeply grateful and proud of all that TJFP has accomplished this year. Whether you fundraised on our behalf, shared our social media posts, donated, or used your platforms to lift up grassroots trans organizing, you helped make this happen! Along with the 117 groups that received a ReUp grant this year, we’re moving over $1.3 million to 308 groups in 2021!

Over the past nine years we’ve been able to support so many new groups and projects as they incubate and grow. For many of our applicants, TJFP is their first grant award, or first time submitting a funding application, period. We’ve also been able to continue to support our long time grantees over the years as they have become vital cornerstones in their communities. It’s heartening and beautiful to see what doors open for our grantees, the connections they make, the funding they access, and what they achieve with support and belief in their leadership!

Of our 191 grantees selected in May…

  • 121 grantees were first-time applicants to TJFP.
  • 87 had no nonprofit status.
  • 15 grantees come from outside of the lower 48 states, including Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • An incredible 159 grantees indicated BIPOC leadership–with 71 groups indicating they were led by Black trans women or femmes!

Over the past few months, the 2021 community grantmaking fellows spent hour after hour carefully reading and reviewing 211 applications from trans-led, grassroots groups and projects from around the country. As a cohort of trans, BIPOC organizers and activists, TJFP’s fellows have the opportunity to sit in the powerful role of grantmaker, a power often held by people and institutions outside of their communities. Yet since our fellows belong to trans and non-binary communities in the very places we see applications coming in from, this position can also come with the heavy weight of tough funding decisions. Our fellows do this highly emotional work with a whole lot of heart: reviewing applications using an intersectional lens, paying close attention to where resources are being redistributed geographically, and doing this with no strings attached and trusting that TJFP grantees know what’s best for their own communities.

We are so grateful for this year’s team and for the time and energy that was poured into every part of this process. While community-led grantmaking isn’t always quick and easy, it’s always worth it for us!

It’s because of this team and our amazing community that we were able to give so much money to so many incredible grassroots trans justice groups. As always, we are inspired by each and every application that was submitted.

Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of the legacy of our trans justice movements.

Check out these amazing trans justice groups that were funded this year! We’re so excited to share their brilliant work.

With warmth,

The TJFP Staff

 

The TJFP grantmaking fellows, facilitators, coordinators, and staff dancing their way out of this year’s meeting!

 

The groups listed below with an asterisk (*) are 2020/2021 grantees that received a ReUp grant!

 

Alaska

United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance, Anchorage

 

Alabama

AllowMe, Pike Road

The Knights & Orchids Society, Selma  *

The TRANShue Project, faunsdale  *

TWOC Healing Project, Birmingham

Visibly Trans*, Birmingham

 

American Samoa

IMPACT, Pago Pago  *

 

Alabama

Intransitive, Little Rock

The Young Transwomens Project, Little Rock

 

Arizona

Equality Arizona, Phoenix  *

Fluxx Productions, Tucson

Peacework Medical, Phoenix  *

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson

The Outlaw Project, Phoenix  *

Thompson House, Tucson

Trans Pride Foundation, Phoenix

TRANSplants Desert Garden, Tucson

 

California 

Adsit Media, San Leandro

Alianza Translatinx, Santa Ana

American Trans Resource Hub, West Covina

Beyond Binary Legal, Long Beach

Deaf Queer Resource Center, San Francisco

Dem Bois Inc., San Pablo

Fireweed Collective, Richmond

Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles  *

Health Justice Commons, Richmond

House of Resilience, San Diego

Indigenous Pride LA, Los Angeles  *

Invisible Men, Compton

Lady J and Linda Kay’s House, Antelope

Lafemmebear Music, Middletown

Los Angeles Spoonie Collective, North Hills  *

metaDEN, San Diego  *

Mirror Memoirs, Los Angeles

Nonbinary and Intersex Recognition Project, Los Angeles  *

Northstate Trans*/GNC Project, Chico  *

Orange County Translatinas, Anaheim

Parivar Bay Area, Oakland

PEACE Out Loud, Berkeley

Proyecto Trans Latina, San Diego

San Francisco Trans March, San Francisco

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco

Somos Familia Valle, Sun Valley  *

The Herbal Trans Health Book Team, Oakland

The SisTrahood, La Mesa  *

The TAJA Coalition, San Leandro

The TG/ENBY Project, Los Angeles

Trans & Nonbinary Housing Collective, Sacramento

Trans Peer Mentor Program, San Francisco

Trans-E-Motion, Clovis

TRANScend, Bolinas  *

TRANScending in Nature, Greenfield  *

Unique Woman’s Coalition, Los Angeles

Voluminous Arts Trans-Led Halloquium (Artist Showcase), Glendale

Welcome, San Francisco  *

Y.G.S.L.R.H. S.T.F.U.T., Los Angeles

 

Colorado

Authentic Creations Artistic Apothecary, Caguas

Denver Community Fridges, Lakewood

 

Connecticut

Life In My Days, Waterbury

 

Washington, D.C.

ARCOIRIS *

DC Area Transmasculine Society

Halal And Queer Collective (HAQ Collective)

Makers Lab

P0stB1Nary

Pawsitive Palz  *

Plantita Power  *

Starseed Earthroot  *

They them collective  *

Trans People of Color Coalition  *

Trans Terps DC  *

Transform Gender Collective (TGC) *

 

Florida

Bridging the gap!, Fort Lauderdale

Florida Coalition for Trans Liberation, Tallahassee  *

Gender Advancement Project, Orlando

LIPS Tampa, Apopka  *

Marsha’s Web, Oakland Park

Moving Forward Wellness Coaching, Oakland Park

No.Str8s, Gainesville

Rooted Resistance, Tallahassee

Social Film Projects LLC, North Miami Beach  *

The Halfway Point, Tallahassee  *

The McKenzie Project, Miami

the passionvine project, lake worth

Trans Collaborative Network, Plantation

Trans Playhouse, Doral

Transgender Awareness Project, Jacksonville

TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami

Triumphant 2Gether, Kissimmee  *

Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach  *

Unspoken Treasure Society Inc., Gainesville

 

Georgia

Community EsTr(El-La), Acworth

Community Roots, Decatur

FOR OUR SIBS Inc., Decatur

Genderfied, Marietta

I Am Human Foundation, Ellenwood

IATBP, Atlanta  *

Phoenix Transition Program, Conley

Queer Cultures, Atlanta

Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta

The Frances Thompson Education Foundation, Atlanta

The Prizm Shyne Project, Conley

TMBLM, Inc., Atlanta

Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta

Trans(forming), Atlanta  *

 

Hawaii

Anuenue Alliance, Honolulu  *

HEARTS Maui, Wailuku  *

HI SIS, Honolulu

Kuaana Project, Honolulu  *

Na Lei Pulama, Kihei

The Trans Alaka’i Collective, Hilo

 

Idaho

Black Liberation Collective, Idaho, Meridian

 

Illinois

Chicago Therapy Collective, Chicago

Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), Chicago

 

Indiana

GenderNexus, Indianapolis

TREES, Inc., South Bend  *

 

Kansas

Our Spot KC, Kansas City

 

Kentucky

Radical Truth, Louisville

Tiger’s Eye Collective, Louisville

 

Louisiana

Amor y Solidaridad, Nueva Orleans

Black and Brown Biennale, New Orleans  *

Imagine Water Works, New Orleans  *

Jasmine Davis, New Orleans

LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theater, New Orleans

Real Name Campaign NOLA, New Orleans

T’DAS: Transgender Domestic Abuse Sanctuary, New Orleans  *

The S.O.L.I.D Initiative, New Orleans

TRANScending Women, New Orleans  *

Transitions Louisiana, New Orleans

 

Massachusetts

Black and Pink Boston Chapter, Boston  *

Massachusetts Sex Worker Ally Network (MASWAN), Brighton

PRIDEEXTENDED, Chicopee

sense, Amherst

Sonrisas, Cheshire  *

the Stiyu Project, Jamaica Plain

Trans Asylum Seekers Support Network, Amherst  *

Transgender Emergency Fund Of MA INC, Boston

 

Maryland

Baltimore Safe Haven, Baltimore  *

CVO, Owings Mills

Idyll Dandy Arts, Dowelltown

Prism House LLC, Westminster

Sistas of the “t”, Baltimore  *

The Maryland Trans Resilience Conference, Baltimore  *

Trans Maryland, Gaithersburg  *

Trans Women of Color Collective, Chevy Chase  *

 

Maine

Maine Transgender Network INC., Portland  *

 

Michigan

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, Grand Rapids  *

Grassroots Activism Direct Emergency-GADES, Auburn Hills

Hope for Trans Futures Training Programs, Kalamazoo

Native Justice Coalition, Manistee

Nuii Waav Brotherhood, Detroit

Queers Taking Initiative, Alma

TGNC Emotional Wellness Providers’ Summit, Detroit  *

The Transgender Health and Vitality Fund, Auburn Hills

Trans Sistas of Color Project, Detroit  *

Transcend the Binary, Ferndale  *

 

Minnesota

20% Theatre Company, Minneapolis  *

Cuir Kitchen Brigade, Minneapolis  *

For the Culture, Minneapolis  *

Friends Like Me, Minneapolis

Minnesota Trans Disabled Care Fund, St. Paul

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition -MTHC, Minneapolis

Open Flame Theatre, Minneapolis  *

shOUT: Minnesota’s Trans & Gender Diverse Voices, Minneapolis  *

SPIRAL Collective, Minneapolis

TIGERRS, Minneapolis

Transmission Ministry Collective, Saint Paul

 

Missouri

Feed the People Garden Project, St. Louis  *

Gabriella Rosé Justice Support System, Columbia  *

Northland Pride, Gladstone

St. Louis Anti-Violence Project, St. Louis  *

St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH), St. Louis

Trans artist collective, Kansas City

Transformations Youth Organization, Kansas City

 

Mississippi

Bois of the Sippi, Corinth

Love Me Unlimited 4life/4 Evercareing Evonne, Jackson

 

Montana

Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center, Great Falls

Third Steep Farm (TS), Drummond

 

North Carolina

Assata Collective, Charlotte

Fuerza Unión Múltiple – FUM, Henderson

Greensboro Mutual Aid, Greensboro

HYPHA Healing Garden & Apothecary, Durham

Onslow County LGBTQ Community Center, JACKSONVILLE

Radical Kindred, Boone  *

There’s Still Hope, Charlotte  *

Transgress: Digital Resistance Collective, Mount Holly

Transitioning Of The Carolinas, Charlotte

Tranzmission, Asheville

Evolve;, Jamestown

 

Nebraska

Trans Collaborations, Kearney

 

New Jersey

Black Excellence Collective, Newark

New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance (NJRUA), Newark

Tertium Quid, JERSEY CITY

 

New Mexico

Bent Road Gardens, Santa Fe

Trans Liberation Coalition, Albuquerque

Transwoman Empowerment Initiative (TEI), Albuquerque

 

Northern Mariana Islands

T-Project, Saipan

 

Nevada

Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas  *

 

New York

Awakening Trans Art Coalition, Boiceville  *

bklyn boihood, Brooklyn

Black Trans Blessings, Bronx  *

Black Trans Media, Brooklyn  *

BlackCuse Pride, Syracuse  *

Bluestockings Cooperative, New York

Caribbean Equality Project, Queens  *

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo, Jackson Heights

Crystal LaBeija Organizing Fellowship, New York  *

Dorian Corey Project/TRANSgressions, Kenmore

In Honor Of Our Roots, New York

LGBTQ+ Youth Xchange for Change, New York

Lion’s Tooth Project, Newburgh

Mirror Trans Beauty LLC, Brooklyn NY  *

Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center, Newburgh  *

Organización Latina Trans de New York, Brooklyn  *

Princess Janae Place Inc, Bronx  *

queer Haudenosaunee land project, Ridgewood

Radical Joy and Mental Health x Emulisfy, Brooklyn  *

Reboot(y), Brooklyn

Reuniting of African Descendants (ROAD), New York

Rochester Black Pride, ROCHESTER

T-FFED (Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders), Brooklyn  *

The G.H.O.S.T. Project, Brooklyn  *

The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center, New York  *

The Heavenly Femme Network/The HAF Project, Bronx

Trans Closet Hudson Valley, Saugerties  *

What Will I Become, Bronx

Yoga for Top Surgery Recovery, Patchogue

 

Ohio

Black Queer & Intersectional Collective, Columbus

Margie’s Hope, Akron

TRANSlate, Cleveland  *

TransOhio, Burton  *

 

Oklahoma

Transpire Oklahoma, Inc., Tulsa  *

 

Oregon

Beyond These Walls, Portland  *

BI2S ARTISTS, Portland

Point of Pride, Eugene  *

Trans*Ponder, Eugene  *

Transpose PDX, Portland

 

Pennsylvania

Coalition for Black Trans Economic Liberation, Philadelphia

Eastern PA Trans Equity Project, Orefield

Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia

Sage Legacy Project, Philadelphia

Trans Minors Rights, Lititz  *

transcribez, Philadelphia

Visible Truth 365, Philadelphia

 

Puerto Rico

Arianna’s Center / Puerto Rico, San Juan  *

Círculo Violeta, San Juan

Camp 4Respect, Bayamon

Editorial Casa Cuna, Hormigueros  *

EspicyNipples, Guayama  *

finca flamboyánT, Sabana Grande

Fundación Boreales, Carolina  *

Fundación Periodismo Siglo 21, San Juan

Fundación Yamoca Opia, San German

Kellan Artgraphy, San Juan

Movimiento en respuesta de VIH, San Juan

Ominira Healing Village, San Juan

Pólvora Colectiva, San Juan  *

Trans Feria. San Juan, San Juan  *

Trans Goofy Games PR, San Juan

 

South Carolina

Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc., Lexington  *

Pride Link, Greenville  *

T-Time Transgender Support, Myrtle Beach  *

Transgender Awareness Alliance: Greg Green, Lexington

We Are Family, North Charleston  *

 

South Dakota

Two Spirit Nation, Rapid City  *

 

Tennessee

T4T Caregiving, Auburntown  *

The Meadow Collective, Liberty  *

Trans Empowerment Project, Knoxville  *

 

Texas

Cicada Collective, Lewisville  *

Coastal Bend Trans Alliance, Corpus Christi  *

Cons.T.ruct, Houston  *

Corazon Conuko, Houston

GenTex, McAllen  *

Interfaces, Austin

Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas, Houston

Papa Seahorses, Houston

Project Liferaft, Austin

Revolution Foundation, Dallas  *

San Antonio Gender Association (SAGA), San Antonio

The Mahogany Project, Houston

The Next Generation Project, Spring

Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston, Houston  *

Trans Masculinos Houston Texas/OLTT, Houston

Trans Nation, Baytown

Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas

Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT), Austin

 

Virginia

Charlottesville Trans Peer Group, Troy  *

Diversity in Recovery, North Garden

Garden of Peace, Inc., Newport News  *

Grimalkin Records, Dendron

Minority Transgender Unity, Hampton

Power Safe Place Resource Center of Virginia, Front Royal  *

Southeastern Transgender Resource Center, Norfolk

Stand for Art Foundation, Alexandria  *

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia – TAPVA, Virginia Beach

Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richmond

Twin Oaks Queer Gathering, Louisa  *

 

Vermont

Out in the Open, Brattleboro

Tender Fruits Collective and Farm, Morgan

 

Washington

Beyond Bars and Binaries, Tacoma  *

Femme & Them, Shelton

Rad Care, Seattle  *

SocialScope Productions, Seattle

Solace, Spokane  *

The Black Trans Prayer Book, Seattle  *

 

Wisconsin

Lovell-Lepak Queer Outreach, Madison

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Introducing 2021 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Candi Brings Plenty!

Candi Brings Plenty

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!

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Introducing 2021 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Dominique Morgan!

Dominique Morgan

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!

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Together let’s raise $90k for trans justice and liberation!

What kind of future do you wish for you and your community?  What would you be willing to give to support the future of your dreams? 

This year we received 213 applications from grassroots, trans justice groups and projects led by trans and non-binary people, organizing their communities locally and nationally. The groups and projects we fund are busy working for justice and liberation for trans communities with each breath they take, all year long, and we’re honored to invite you–yes, YOU to join us in keeping our cherished trans communities well supported and resourced!

To date, TJFP has distributed more than $4.5 million dollars through our community-led grantmaking process. This has been a by us, for us effort, and it’s because of all of you who have provided so much community love and support that we are able to get all this done.

This year we’re raising 90k to celebrate 9 years of funding trans justice!

Please join us by pitching in a dollar or whatever you can to ensure our trans justice groups can not only keep their doors open and lights on, but have what they need to continue dreaming big, creating the future we all need and deserve.

So let’s raise some money together and uplift and resource our trans leaders today because, Our Future is NOW!

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The fundamental truth of community, as we enter 2021

2020 has been neither seamless nor easy. A pandemic laid bare the cracks in an already overburdened healthcare system. A chaotic election further revealed the fragility of our systems of power and governance. Unceasing attacks on Black and trans lives have left communities reeling in anger and fear.

But as Glo Ross, former facilitator for the annual TJFP grantmaking panel, puts it, we can find power in “the fundamental truth of community: Decisions made from our collective energy and investment are more creative, powerful, and impactful than if we make them alone.”

We need all of us if we’re to achieve trans justice in this lifetime. Everyone doing what they can, where they are, finding their people and organizing together to make collective impact! We are so grateful for the immense wealth of knowledge and experience that our fellows, facilitators, grantees, and applicants past and present bring to this project that is funding trans justice. It gives us the strength and confidence to press on, looking forward to the beginning of a new year–“knowing that on the other side of the hardness is something much greater than our individual selves.”

As we move into 2021, we’re so excited to announce that our grant application form is opening very soon! Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement from us early next week, and spread this news widely. We couldn’t do this without you–our community of supporters who are committed to trans justice and trans leadership!

You can read Glo’s full piece “Community is a Verb” (originally published in the TJFP 2018 Annual Report) at this link.

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Happy Trans Awareness Week from TJFP!

Image: Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson

Happy Trans Awareness Week! Were you aware that…

– For every $100 awarded by U.S. foundations, only .04 cents supports transgender communities.

– In 2016, a survey of 455 trans justice groups across the globe found that only half of these groups had any paid staff at all–meaning that the rest are doing life-saving work with little to no compensation.

– Trans organizations often operate with very low budgets: three-quarters of our grantees in 2019 had annual budgets under $50,000, as did three-quarters of the groups worldwide from the survey above.

 

Are you also aware that…

– Trans community, trans activism, and trans leadership have persisted throughout time. Grassroots, BIPOC- and trans-led groups like STAR (co-founders Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson pictured above) have worked to feed, house, and care for our trans siblings for decades. Despite so many barriers to resources, we have fought with ferocity and love, and we will continue to do so!

– You can discover more about our amazing grantees through our website’s interactive map and lists of grantees from our 8 years of funding! No matter the political changes occurring on the national stage, the grassroots are where the effects will be felt–and where so much of the vital work will be done. Take a look at the work that’s happening in your area. We encourage you to donate, volunteer, or do what you can to support!

 

Sources:

Funders for LGBTQ Issues–2018 Tracking Report

American Jewish World Service, Astraea, and Global Action for Trans Equality–The State of Trans Organizing, 2nd Edition

Trans Justice Funding Project–2019 Annual Report

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Young, Gifted, and Black: We Fight Back!

Artwork by Glori Tuitt, @glorifice_

Beloved Community, Family, and Friends, 

It would be impossible for us as grantmakers to ignore what’s happening in the United States right now. There is no way to overstate how vital Black trans lives have been to the Trans Justice Funding Project, to the grassroots trans organizers we serve, to the trans justice movement as a whole. Unequivocally, absolutely, Black Lives Matter!

TJFP is a Black, Brown, and Indigenous-led organization that has continuously prioritized moving resources across the country to support Black trans groups and organizations, while centering their experiences and leadership. It is an honor and a moral duty to do so.

It’s notable that over the past several days there have been endless conversations and messaging discrediting activists and protestors, which avoids addressing the real conversation at hand, state sanctioned anti-black violence carried out by police. This is a tactic to sway us away from focusing on accountability and it is unacceptable. The systems that are literally killing us must be dismantled. And they must be defunded.

At TJFP we believe there is no world in which trans liberation can occur without racial justice. There cannot be Pride for a few when there is violence, repression, and injustice for so many. Some of us owe our very existence to the visions, strategies, and radical courage of organizers of the past and today. 

We must honor this legacy and support Black trans leaders to lead, to organize, to envision, as they build a better tomorrow for us all. So many of the groups we fund are made up of trans people of color working within their local communities, providing direct services and resources to cover gaps or repair harms inflicted by state systems like the police. Trans justice looks like transformative justice, like gender justice, like prison abolition and anti-policing work, like disability justice, like economic justice, like solidarity with racial justice organizations, like Black trans leadership leading the way. 

We protect us. These systems were not designed with the intention of our freedom. And protection was never meant for us, not in a nation built on the oppression of Black people on stolen land. We see the need, year after year, read it in application after application, the impact of militarization, surveillance, and policing on Black bodies, on Black trans bodies, on trans bodies of color across the nation. Tony McDade. Nina Pop. Layleen Polanco Xtravaganza. And countless others, casualties of a system that values property and “business as usual” over justice, dignity, and human life.

To the Black leaders who are doing this work, thank you. Thank you for your time and your energy, your brilliance and your strength, your anger and your love. Thank you for being Black excellence in all the ways you may not even realize. Please survive this in any way you can.  To the rest of our TJFP family, we encourage you to find Black-led organizations in your area to consider funding them directly. Our interactive map and our lists of grantees can tell you more about trans-led organizations in your area to aid you in your research.

 

In love and solidarity, 

The staff at TJFP 

 

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