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Today is Marsha P. Johnson’s Birthday!
We encourage you to honor the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson’s work by supporting trans leadership!
Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945 – July 6, 1992) was an American activist, artist, sex worker, and liberation embodied. She lived and fought against the discriminations and abuses experienced by trans people. Along with fellow trans activist Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) to house and support drag queens, femmes, and trans women who were living on the street in NYC.
Read more about Marsha P. Johnson’s life and legacy in this article, Power to the People: Exploring Marsha P. Johnson’s Queer Liberation
And congratulations to the TJFP’s grantee’s who have been mentioned in this article and to all of the amazing trans woman of color who are on the front lines fighting for justice and liberation for our communities.
On this day especially, we encourage you to check out our grantees using the TJFP digital map and consider supporting these groups in any way you can!
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.
“As a native of Selma, Bell felt that his connection with his hometown was what called him to open the relief center.
“I felt like I had a responsibility to Selma to come back and do the work here,” he said. “This center is important because this is the only place that is a safe space where LGBTQ folks can come to be educated. They can come here and have a sense of belonging with people who understand personally what they are going through.”
Another example of the importance of supporting grassroots, trans justice organizing in places and communities like Selma.
View the full article here!
Right now in Brooklyn, a very sweet event is happening featuring amazing queer country artists! Music, delicious food and after the artists get paid, remaining proceeds will be donated to TJFP. Please come stop by if you can!
Today! Another Country!
2-11pm at Littlefield
This is the anti-July-4th, all-day, all-out extravaganza you’ve been waiting for! 13 amazing queer, trans, and/or poc bands. A giant bake sale to benefit the Trans Justice Funding Project. DJ Nath Ann Carrera. Host Heather María Ács. Tacos from the Kimchi Taco Truck. What is country music? Who is it for? Come envision another country with us on Sunday, July 2nd!
Bake sale sweets donated by 4 & 20 Blackbirds, Baked, Betty Bakery, and Colson Patisserie!
Tickets are $10-$20 sliding scale* for the day-long festival. Please pay what you can to support our musicians! No one ever turned away for lack of cash! Any profits from the day, after all the musicians get paid, will also be donated to TJFP.
***Littlefield has an accessible front entrance and all-gender, single stall, accessible bathrooms***
(Here’s what time you should plan to be there if you want to make sure to catch these performers)
Nath Ann Carrera
Lindsey Wilson & Michael Buckley
DK & the Joy Machine
Audrey Zee Whitesides
AJ Lewis & Friends
Yva Las Vegass
The Paisley Fields
Starting at 7:00, DJ Nath Ann Carrera will keep us dancing between sets!
Karen & the Sorrows
My Gay Banjo
More about the performers:
Our host for the evening portion of the show, Heather María Ács
My Gay Banjo
Karen & the Sorrows
Elias Krell with special guest Jim Altieri
The Paisley Fields
DK & the Joy Machine
Lindsey Wilson & Michael Buckley
Photographs by the incomparable Syd London
Trans Justice Funding Project
TJFP is a community-led funding initiative that supports grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. TJFP centers the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”
—James Baldwin, Another Country
Just two weeks ago the 2017 TJFP Fellowship team made their way to New York city to meet for the very first time in person. Since March, each of them have dedicated their days, nights and weekends to carefully review all 175 applications received. For three days the devoted grant making panelists gave their everything-as they selected grantees and award amounts.
Because of this team, the amazing projects and organizations that applied for funding and our dedicated donors, this year we were not only able to DOUBLE our grant amounts, we also distributed half a million dollars to grassroots, trans-led, trans justice organizing! As we celebrate our 5th anniversary, we can’t think of anything more celebratory then being able to fund 153 groups!
Congratulations TJFP friends and family and to everyone who’s kept trans justice close to your heart!
***Please check out this year’s list of grantees below***
The 2017 TJFP Grantees
Allgo, Austin, TX
API Equality – Northern California (APIENC), San Francisco, CA
Area 425, Minneapolis, MN
Arianna’s Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, Little Rock, AR
Beyond These Walls, Portland, OR
bklyn boihood, Brooklyn, NY
Black Excellence Collective, Philadelphia
Black Trans Media, Brooklyn, NY
Black Transmen Inc, Dallas, TX
Black Transwomen Inc, Dallas, TX
Bois of the SIppi, Corinth, MS
Bold & Beautiful, Memphis, TN
Brave Space Alliance, Chicago, IL
Bridgewalkers Alliance, Portland, OR
Brutha’s Rising,Inc., Pittsburgh, CA
Camp Born This Way, Tucson, AZ
Center for Community Healing, Madison, WI
Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition, Austin, TX
Cicada Collective, Austin, TX
Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo / CITG, Jackson Heights, NY
Collective of Geniuses, Seattle, WA
Community Ele’te, Richmond, VA
Community Kinship Life (CK Life), Bronx, NY
Comunidad Estrella, Brookhaven/Atlanta, GA
CVille Peer Group, Troy, VA
Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit, MI
Durham Gender Alliance, Durham, NC
East Coast Two Spirit Society, Lewes, DE
Four Direction Fire Keeper – Eagle Evolution, Long Beach, CA
FTM Foundation, Atlanta, GA
Fuerza y Union Multiple, Henderson, NC
Garden of Peace Project, Pittsburgh, PA
Gender Benders, Piedmont, SC
Gender Infinity, Houston, TX
Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles, CA
Gender Justice League, Seattle, WA
Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
GenderNexus, Indianapolis, IN
Good Sense Farm & Apiary, Washington, DC
Green Mountain Crossroads, Brattleboro, VT
Greensboro Community Care Collective, Greensboro, NC
Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati, OH
Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia, PA
Idaho Transgender Healthcare Advocacy Coalition, Boise, ID
Immigrant Youth Coalition, Los Angeles, CA
Ingersoll Gender Center, Seattle, WA
Interfaith Working Group, Philadelphia, PA
Jacksonville Transgender Action Committee Inc., Jacksonville, FL
Jays House, Woodbourne, NY
Kaffir Bois, Brooklyn, NY
Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, Topeka, KS
Kentucky Health Justice Network and TSTAR, Louisville, KY
Kinetic Collective, Tampa, FL
La Oportunidad, Los Angeles, CA
LaGender Inc., Eastpoint, GA
Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas, NV
Latinas Trans Dallas, fort worth, TX
Live It Fully Empowered (LIFE), Long Beach, CA
Louisiana Trans Advocates, Metairie, LA
Lynchburg Transgender Alliance, Lynchburg, VA
MaineTransNet, Portland, ME
Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Tucson, AZ
Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St. Louis, MO
Mid Missouri Transgender Support, Columbia, MO
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis, MN
Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula, MT
Nationz Foundation, Richmond, VA
NC Queer TROUBLMakers, Greensboro, NC
NC Trans Leadership Council, Asheville, NC
New Legacy Ministries\Media, New Orleans, LA
New York City Trans Oral History Project, Brooklyn, NY
No Labels Clothing Cooperative, Buffalo, NY
North State Trans/GNC Project, Chico, CA
Organizacion Latina de Trans en Texas, Houston, TX
Our Spot KC, Kansas City, MO
Out Of The Box: Helpin’ Tranz Form U, Fayetteville, AR
Outshine NW, Burien, WA
Peacock Rebellion, Oakland, CA
Portland Outright, Portland, ME
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, New York, NY
RAD Remedy, Chicago, IL
RARE Productions, Minneapolis, MN
Rising Up, Seattle, WA
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
Sankofa Collective NW, Portland, OR
Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network, Santa Barbara, CA
School of Liberation Healing and Medicine/Queering Herbalism, Pittsburgh, PA
Sistas of the “T”, Baltimore, MD
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA), Tucson, AZ
SPART*A, Inc, Alexandria, VA
SPIRAL Collective, Minneapolis, MN
Spokane TALL, Spokane, WA
Stonewall Youth, Olympia, WA
Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Nashville, TN
Tent City Kweenz, Kailua, HI
TGNC Financial Empowerment Project, New York, NY
The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, Baltimore, MD
The Clearing, Durham, NC
The Eagles’ Nest, Liberty, NC
The Equi Institute, Portland, OR
The Marsha P Johnson Institute, Washington, DC
The Meadow Collective, Liberty, TN
The Spectrum Center, Hattiesburg, MS
The Trans Buddy Program, Nashville, TN
The Trans Queer Flat, St Louis, MO
The Transgender College Fund, San Francisco, CA
Tiger’s Eye Collective, Atlanta, GA
Trans Assistance Project, Portland, OR
Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Trans Latina Florida, Victoria Park, FL
Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston, Houston, TX
Trans Oral History Project, Chicago, IL
Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas, TX
Trans Queer Pueblo, Phoenix, AZ
Trans Student Educational Resources, Monterey Park, CA
Trans United, Washington, DC
Trans Women of Color Collective, Washington, DC
Trans-E-Motion, Fresno, CA
Trans-Generational Oral History Project, Albuquerque, NM
Trans-Latina Coalition DMV, Washington, DC
trans.formation, Charlotte, NC
Trans(forming), Atlanta, GA
Trans*H4CK, Oakland, CA
Trans*ponder, Eugene, OR
Trans*Visible, Columbia, CA
Trans+ (Trans Plus), Duluth, MN
TRANSART program at Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach, FL
Transcend Arizona, Paradise Valley, AZ
Transcend Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Transcend Legal, Jackson Heights, NY
TransFamily of NWPA, Erie, PA
Transform Houston, Houston, TX
Transform Ohio, Youngstown, OH
Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Transformers, Asheville, NC
Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering (TAKE), Birmingham, AL
Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
Transgender Education Network of a Texas, San Marcos, TX
Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richmond, VA
TransGenerational Theatre Project, Queens, NY
Transgressions/Dorian Corey Project, Buffalo, NY
Transitions Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
Translatina Network, New York, NY
TransOhio, Columbus, OH,
TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami, FL
Transwoman Empowerment Initiative, Albuquerque, NM
Tranzmission, Asheville, NC
Tranzmission Prison Project, Asheville, NC
Tres Soles, Albuquerque, NM
Upswing Advcoates, Chicago, IL
We Are Family- Trans Love Fund, Charleston, SC
Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), Chicago, IL
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 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!
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!