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.
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…
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.
The TJFP Staff
The groups listed below with an asterisk (*) are 2020/2021 grantees that received a ReUp grant!
AllowMe, Pike Road
The Knights & Orchids Society, Selma *
The TRANShue Project, faunsdale *
TWOC Healing Project, Birmingham
Visibly Trans*, Birmingham
IMPACT, Pago Pago *
Intransitive, Little Rock
The Young Transwomens Project, Little Rock
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
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
TRANScend, Bolinas *
TRANScending in Nature, Greenfield *
Unique Woman’s Coalition, Los Angeles
Welcome, San Francisco *
Y.G.S.L.R.H. S.T.F.U.T., Los Angeles
Denver Community Fridges, Lakewood
Life In My Days, Waterbury
Halal And Queer Collective (HAQ Collective)
Pawsitive Palz *
Starseed Earthroot *
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
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
Community EsTr(El-La), Acworth
Community Roots, Decatur
FOR OUR SIBS Inc., Decatur
I Am Human Foundation, Ellenwood
IATBP, Atlanta *
Phoenix Transition Program, Conley
Queer Cultures, Atlanta
Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta
The Prizm Shyne Project, Conley
TMBLM, Inc., Atlanta
Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta
Trans(forming), Atlanta *
Anuenue Alliance, Honolulu *
HEARTS Maui, Wailuku *
HI SIS, Honolulu
Kuaana Project, Honolulu *
Na Lei Pulama, Kihei
The Trans Alaka’i Collective, Hilo
Black Liberation Collective, Idaho, Meridian
Chicago Therapy Collective, Chicago
TREES, Inc., South Bend *
Our Spot KC, Kansas City
Radical Truth, Louisville
Tiger’s Eye Collective, Louisville
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
Black and Pink Boston Chapter, Boston *
Sonrisas, Cheshire *
the Stiyu Project, Jamaica Plain
Trans Asylum Seekers Support Network, Amherst *
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 Transgender Network INC., Portland *
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 *
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
Transmission Ministry Collective, Saint Paul
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
Bois of the Sippi, Corinth
Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center, Great Falls
Third Steep Farm (TS), Drummond
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
Trans Collaborations, Kearney
Black Excellence Collective, Newark
Tertium Quid, JERSEY CITY
Bent Road Gardens, Santa Fe
Trans Liberation Coalition, Albuquerque
Transwoman Empowerment Initiative (TEI), Albuquerque
Northern Mariana Islands
Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas *
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 *
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 *
Trans Closet Hudson Valley, Saugerties *
What Will I Become, Bronx
Yoga for Top Surgery Recovery, Patchogue
Black Queer & Intersectional Collective, Columbus
Margie’s Hope, Akron
TRANSlate, Cleveland *
TransOhio, Burton *
Transpire Oklahoma, Inc., Tulsa *
Beyond These Walls, Portland *
BI2S ARTISTS, Portland
Point of Pride, Eugene *
Trans*Ponder, Eugene *
Transpose PDX, Portland
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 *
Visible Truth 365, Philadelphia
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
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 *
Two Spirit Nation, Rapid City *
T4T Caregiving, Auburntown *
The Meadow Collective, Liberty *
Trans Empowerment Project, Knoxville *
Cicada Collective, Lewisville *
Coastal Bend Trans Alliance, Corpus Christi *
Cons.T.ruct, Houston *
Corazon Conuko, Houston
GenTex, McAllen *
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
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 *
Stand for Art Foundation, Alexandria *
Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia – TAPVA, Virginia Beach
Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richmond
Twin Oaks Queer Gathering, Louisa *
Out in the Open, Brattleboro
Beyond Bars and Binaries, Tacoma *
Femme & Them, Shelton
Rad Care, Seattle *
SocialScope Productions, Seattle
Solace, Spokane *
The Black Trans Prayer Book, Seattle *
Lovell-Lepak Queer Outreach, Madison
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!
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.
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!
“Every day I wake up, I bring my whole self to the table. There is never a day where I can leave my blackness, my queerness, my transness at home because somebody doesn’t agree with it or they don’t understand it.” -Quentin Bell, 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow
In 2016, TJFP set out for our third From the Ground to the Sky listening tour through several Southeastern states. We drove down long windy roads surrounded by kudzu vines, past misty green acres, stopping in towns and cities along the way to listen, learn, and interview grantees and community leaders. So much of that trip feels like ages ago–on the other coast of a wide river of history, of the countless monumental political and social shifts that have rocked the last five years. But when we arrived in Selma, Alabama, five years ago, we were still reckoning with the expanse of history, with legacy, with change.
We had no idea how moved we would become after meeting with Quentin Bell, a community organizer and executive director of The Knights and Orchids Society, a longtime grantee of TJFP. Quentin graciously agreed to meet with us on his favorite bench overlooking the Alabama River to share the history of his beloved hometown. We sat with Que in front of the Edmund Pettas Bridge in Selma, where not so many decades before, a historic march for Black rights was met with police brutality, a day known later as Bloody Sunday. There is so much history present in a place: in a bridge named for a Confederate general, in a city that birthed the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, in a nation built by stolen labor on stolen land. We spoke until sundown, the light illuminating Spanish moss on the trees that shaded so many organizers, activists, and changemakers of years past. Que described his relationship with the history of Selma, and his choice not to move away from the area but instead to stay, organize, and build a legacy of trans and queer organizing and activism within the city he calls home.
After we finished the interview we hugged and parted ways. Ever since then I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what that historic bridge represented to our elders, and the inspiration we can draw from their work. I constantly wonder how on earth did they have the energy, the courage and conviction to keep going with so much uncertainty ahead of them? Who showed up to support those organizers and protesters on Bloody Sunday to keep them safe, supported and resourced?
Five years later, watching the footage of this interview still fills me with infinite love and appreciation for Black trans leaders in the Southeast and everywhere. Our Blackness, our transness, our humanity is a powerful force.
What we know of the realities of history is that there’s a lot to be gained for surviving and returning to fight another day.
Knowing our history is more than simply learning dates, names, events and stories. We are bearing witness to past experiences and tales of ancestors. If we’re lucky enough to learn from the lessons embedded in their stories, there’s a blueprint they’ve left for us to make our present day something better then what existed before. One of the greatest lessons that I’m reminded of every time I read an application or work with a new Community Grantmaking Fellow is that there are no limits to who and what we can become. Only the limits we put on ourselves and unto others. Our ancestors in their own ways taught us this, fought for this, and lived their lives in hope for the future.
At TJFP we celebrate and believe in Black trans leadership all year long. This is a commitment and responsibility we prioritize as an act of love and a politic. So as Black History Month comes to an end, TJFP would like to commend Black trans/non binary leaders everywhere! We wouldn’t be where we are now without your hopes, dreams, honesty, boldness and unwavering undertaking of liberation work. TJFP exists to support you and we exist because of you!
As we practice the discipline of hope while reshaping and reimagining better futures, we can draw inspiration from Quentin’s commitment to return to his hometown and share what he knows with his communities.
“How dare I go away and keep that knowledge and not bring it back to the very place it needs to be?”
We dream, and we hope, and we build–and we will all be part of history, in the end.
In love and gratitude,
Gabriel Foster, Executive Director
It’s that time again! Time for grassroots, trans-led, trans justice groups to apply for funding and for those of us who can, to donate what we can to support their work. Please help us spread the word! The application is currently available in English and Spanish.
Please make sure to read our guidelines first to determine if your group is eligible.
Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?
* TJFP does not fund individuals.
* You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!
How Much Money is TJFP Giving Away?
Grants range in size and the more money we raise by May, the more we can give away! Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trusting and supporting trans leadership. Our 2020 goal is to give away at least one million dollars with grant sizes of $2500, $5000, and $10,000.
The deadline to apply is February 15th, 2021 by midnight Pacific Standard Time. Decisions will be made at the end of May 2021, so you can expect to hear back from us by early June 2021.
Translation & Accessibility
Please email us at email@example.com by January 15th if you need a translated version in another language of the application.
We aim to make this process as accessible as possible, so please let us know about any other needs you have and we will do our best to meet them.
TJFP es iniciativa comunitaria de financiamiento fundada en 2012 para apoyar grupos comunitarias de justicia trans dirigidos por y para personas trans. Hacemos becas anualmente por organizar un comité de seis activistas de justicia trans de todo el país para revisar cuidadosamente cada solicitud que recibimos.
¿Es elegible su grupo para una beca de TJFP?
TJFP no da becas a individuos.
¡No necesitas estatus sin fines de lucro 501c3, ni necesitas patrocinio fiscal tampoco para solicitar!
¿Cuánto dinero está donando el TJFP?
Las becas varían en tamaño. Cuanto más recaudamos más podemos regalar! Cada centavo que recaudamos va a nuestros beneficiarios sin restricciones ni condiciones tampoco porque creemos sinceramente en confiar en y apoyar al liderazgo trans.
La fecha límite para solicitar es la 15 de febrero de 2021 por la medianoche PST. Decidiremos a finales de May 2021. Entonces, planea tener la respuesta de nosotrxs para Junio 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.
November 20th is Trans Day of Remembrance & Resilience. It’s a day to honor the legacies of our trans and nonbinary people who were taken from the world due to violence, discrimination, and hate. As we remember and honor their lives by saying their names with love and respect, it is a reminder that we shall continue to find ways of giving love and standing for trans justice everywhere.
In the last year, more than 350 reported transgender and non-binary lives have been taken worldwide due to anti-trans violence, discrimination, and hate. 51 of these deaths were in the U.S., and of these, most of the reported deaths are Black trans women. And the actual numbers of lives we’ve lost are likely higher than reported because so many trans people are marginalized, misgendered, misidentified, or unaccounted for even in death.
The year 2020 has been especially tough as the world continues to grapple with a pandemic that impacts our trans and non-binary communities who already fight for access to healthcare. Though Trans Day of Remembrance specifically focuses on murders of trans people, we have lost many this year to the rapid spread of COVID-19, including irreplaceable community figures like Lorena Borjas. The neglectful response to the pandemic by our federal government; the broken institutions that demand workers choose between exposure to the virus or losing their income; the homelessness, hunger, isolation, and poverty that are rampant among trans people and those who are considered disposable–these, too, are violence. Just like individuals motivated by ignorance and hatred, these systems take lives every day.
The impacts of these deaths on the families, friends, communities, and loved ones left behind are immeasurable.
In these moments of honoring the lives of those taken from us too soon, we also invite you to celebrate the trans communities that continue to exist every single day. Express your gratitude towards trans and non-binary folx in your life. Be kind to yourself and to others every chance you get. Remind yourself that what we have is each other, and that no one is disposable.
Even in a world that tries to erase, eradicate, and diminish our light, our communities remain powerful. Within this resistance there is a brilliant resilience and legacy.
To keep this life-sustaining work going, we encourage everyone to donate within their capacity or volunteer with a local, trans-led group. We’ve compiled a list of all 261 of our 2020 grantees to help serve as a guide to where you can donate and share at.
Our lives and communities are part of the legacy of trans justice that strengthens our resilience and fuels our resistance. Let us remember, celebrate, and uplift those we’ve lost and honor the ones who are still here. Together we build this legacy of trans justice where trans and nonbinary folks will not only survive, but will thrive, free to live and to love.
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!
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