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Half a Million Thanks to You!

Together, WE DID IT!

We’re so happy and proud to announce that we exceeded our fundraising goal and raised $50,922. This means, that once again we’ll be able to distribute $500,000.00 to our grantees this year! That’s half a million dollars supporting something truly invaluable–trans justice led by grassroots, trans leadership across the country. 

 Over 200 individuals donated, which is awe-inspiring and humbling. We can’t thank you enough for all your generosity and support! We truly couldn’t do this without you. 

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Just six days and 35k away!

“TJFP is something that I’m so excited to tell people about because I think a lot of people don’t know that this group exists–where you have trans people getting money and then deciding how can we support other trans organizations that are doing work.” – Peterson Toscano, Theatrical Performance Activist & TJFP Monthly Donor

 

Why donate?

In the words of monthly donor Nicole Myles, “Worlds don’t change from just one moment or movement.” Instead, as donor Harper Jean Tobin puts it, “we need many voices and many kinds of work.” As grassroots funders, we don’t give grants only to those who fit narrow ideas of success or worth. We want to fund as many groups as possible, so that all of these brilliant visions and voices have a chance to keep on growing, changing, and connecting.

  • Your donation helps support trans justice groups focusing on local needsgroups that many mainstream foundations consider “too small” of an investment.
  • Your donation helps support grassroots organizations that take risksthat try radical new tactics, that find ways to work outside pre-existing systems to support marginalized communities.
  • Your donation reaches grantees with no strings attachedY–allowing these brilliant leaders and activists to do their work without worrying about anyone’s approval but the communities they serve.

As our six Community Grantmaking Fellows carefully review the 216 applications we received this year–more applications than we’ve ever received before!–we see creative, dynamic responses to anti-trans threats. We see groups responding to local, unique needs, led by trans people from those communities who understand the stakes best.

These folks need your support!

Be a part of raising $50,000 more so that we can distribute, in total, half a million dollars this year–half a million that will go to urgently needed trans justice work around the country. Donor Peterson Toscano puts it best, in the video you can watch below: “When I look at LGBTQ history, it’s always been the trans people, the gender non-conforming people, who’ve been on the front lines, who really stood up. And I wouldn’t have the freedoms I have today, if it wasn’t for trans folks doing that.”

Wherever you are, however much you give, you’ll be supporting the trans leadership that has always existed and shaped our movements!

 

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Trans Justice in Action! Featuring the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition!

TJFP’s role is to support grassroots trans leadership across the country. If you wanna learn more about what trans leadership can look like, we invite to you to check out the video we made as part of TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky tour that highlights the work our previous grantee, The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) .

TTPC educates and advocates on behalf of transgender related legislation at the Federal, State, and local levels. In this video, you’ll hear from Marisa Richmond, a founding member of TTPC, about what she see’s her role is in this social justice movement, and learn more about the work TTPC does and how this group was formed! You can also find them online here!

 

TTPC is just one of the nearly 300 grassroots trans-led groups that TJFP has funded over the past 5 years. Help TJFP continue to support trans justice by making a donation.  Our goal is to raise $50k by 5/15–together we can make this happen!

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Introducing 2018 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Shawn Reagor!

We’re thrilled to welcome Shawn Reagor to TJFP’s 2018 grantmaking team!

Shawn was born and raised in Montana. He started getting involved in advocacy work while studying Chemistry at Carroll College. Since then he has facilitated multiple trans and nonbinary support groups across the state, spoken at major conferences, testified on the state and municipal levels, and has been featured in articles and videos. Shawn is the director for the Montana Gender Alliance and works at the Montana Human Rights Network. He has worked on campaigns to prevent anti trans bathroom bills from passing in two states and which includes serving as the campaign chair in Montana. Shawn is especially devoted to providing support and building community for trans and nonbinary folks living in rural areas. He coauthored a journal article examining the effects of living in rural areas on TGNC people’s wellness. In his free time, he enjoys camping with his wife, Kasandra, and cat, Copernicus.

We can’t wait to work with you Shawn!

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Honoring Those Taken from Us

Today we remember the lives and legacies of our trans and gender non-conforming family who we’ve lost this year.

Let us honor all our trans and GNC ancestors who have come before us, who fought tirelessly, and paved the way for us to shine brilliantly. Today and everyday, we are reminded of the strength and beauty of our trans communities. 

There are so many ways we can honor our ancestors, and we hope that today you can devote a moment and hold the lives and histories of our trans communities in your heart.

A horrible pattern has emerged where each year over the past few years, has been the deadliest year on record for the trans community in the U.S. In 2017 there has been over 26 reported transgender and GNC people killed by violence. If you are looking for a place to be with community tonight, here’s a map of grassroots trans-led groups organizing across the country that you can support all year round or may be able help you locate a local vigil for the 18th annual Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR).  

TJFP stands in struggle and solidarity with our trans communities fighting for justice and liberation, and we hope one day we’ll be able to shine brilliantly without fear, and that our communities can breathe and live freely.

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Etsy Fundraiser for TJFP!

For the month of September Estrogentleman is donating $5 of every #estrogentleman or #changedman hat purchased from their Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/estrogentleman to TJFP!

Check them out today!

 

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TJFP Swag at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

Hey y’all! If you’re at the Philly Trans Health Conference over the next few days, come visit Trans Justice Funding Project’s booth and pick up an annual report and one of TJFP’s gold edition tote bags ($10-$25 sliding scale)! #pthc2017 #transjustice

Bags not yet available online but stay tuned!

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Today is Marsha P. Johnson’s Birthday!

Today is Marsha P. Johnson’s Birthday!

We encourage you to honor the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson’s work by supporting trans leadership!

Power to the People: Exploring Marsha P. Johnson’s Queer Liberation

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!

#HappyBirthdayMarsha

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Our communities will keep fighting, Our communities will keep showing up!

2016 Trans Day of Action march in New York, NY

This week over twitter, Donald Trump threatened to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military. His tweet, could result in the discharge of over 15,000 transgender people who are serving in the U.S. military. And it’s another attempt to distract folks from the enormous amount of harm his cabinet continues to inflict on our already marginalized and oppressed communities. 

 

From the targeting of black bodies, trans women of color, Muslims, immigrants, the poor and working class, youth, trans communities and so many more, these relentless efforts to devalue our lives are unacceptable at best and are ultimately, an attack on us all. 

 

Whether you remain outraged or have just begun to feel anger, we urge you to support local, grassroots organizing in whatever ways you can.  

 

In a political climate that seeks to attack us over and over, our only option is to keep showing up for each other.  Together, we ARE the majority!

 

TJFP is sending our love to all of the trans and gender non conforming individuals and communities.  You and your struggle are why we exist.

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Today! Another Country! A fundraiser for TJFP

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***

Schedule:
(Here’s what time you should plan to be there if you want to make sure to catch these performers)

2:00
Nath Ann Carrera
Lindsey Wilson & Michael Buckley
DK & the Joy Machine

4:00
Audrey Zee Whitesides
AJ Lewis & Friends
Yva Las Vegass

6:00
The Paisley Fields
Elias Krell
Viva

Starting at 7:00, DJ Nath Ann Carrera will keep us dancing between sets!

8:00
Ganessa James
Karen & the Sorrows
Cactus Rose

10:00
My Gay Banjo

More about the performers:

Our host for the evening portion of the show, Heather María Ács
www.heatheracs.com

My Gay Banjo
www.mygaybanjo.com

Cactus Rose
www.kandiacrazyhorse.com

Karen & the Sorrows
www.karenandthesorrows.com

Ganessa James
www.ganessajames.com

Viva
www.vivadeconcini.com

Elias Krell with special guest Jim Altieri
www.eliaskrell.com

The Paisley Fields
www.thepaisleyfields.com

Johnell Lawrence
www.thedapperviolist.com

DK & the Joy Machine
www.dkandthejoymachine.com

Lindsey Wilson & Michael Buckley
soundcloud.com/linzsounds

Photographs by the incomparable Syd London

Trans Justice Funding Project
www.transjusticefundingproject.org
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

 

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