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Announcing TJFP’s 2020 Grantees!

We are pleased to announce that our 2020 grantmaking team moved over ONE MILLION DOLLARS to 261 grassroots trans-led groups around the country!

TJFP is so grateful for this year’s team and for the time, energy, and heart that was poured into every part of this grantmaking process. Each year we feel overwhelmed by the support of our friends and amazing community who helped make this happen– from outreach, volunteering, coordinating food delivery, taking notes, and donating or sharing our fundraiser which helped us reach and exceed our 80k fundraising goal!

Each year our community grantmaking panel reads and reviews every application that is submitted, and together they are tasked with making some very tough funding decisions. The TJFP fellows do this work with heart, experience, and generosity, all while also tending to their own work and lives as trans justice activists and organizers. Each fellow reviews applications using an intersectional lens, paying close attention to where resources are being redistributed geographically, and doing this with no strings attached, truly trusting that TJFP grantees know what’s best for their own communities. 

It’s because of these brilliant community grantmaking Fellows, as well as our amazing TJFP coordinating team and facilitators, that we are able to get this done each year. And we absolutely  wouldn’t be able to move as much money to the hundreds of incredible grassroots trans justice groups without our amazing friends, family, donors, volunteers, applicants, and grantees! 

As always, we are inspired by each and every application that was submitted. Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for honoring the legacy and efforts of our trans justice movements.  Our grantmaking process is always a labor of love rooted in trusting and believing in trans leadership and it is forever an honor to do this with so many of you! 

We encourage you to check out TJFP’s 2020 grantees, share their work, or donate to them directly!

 

Alaska

Choosing Our Roots, Anchorage

 

Alabama

The Knights & Orchids Society, Selma

The TRANShue Project, Faunsdale

Visibly Trans*, Birmingham

 

American Samoa

IMPACT, Pago Pago

 

Arkansas

inTRANSitive, Little Rock

 

Arizona

Chukshon Healing Network, Tucson

Equality Arizona, Phoenix

The Outlaw Project, Phoenix

Peacework Medical, Phoenix

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson

Transcend Arizona, Paradise Valley

 

California

#BlackGirlzRule Coordinating Committee, San Francisco

API Equality – Northern California (APIENC), San Francisco

API TransFusion, Oakland

Beyond Binary Legal, Long Beach

Deaf Queer Resource Center, San Francisco

Dem Bois Inc., San Pablo

Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles

Health Justice Commons, Richmond

Homobiles, SAN LEANDRO

Indigenous Pride LA, Los Angeles

Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project, Fremont

Kween Culture Initiative, Oakland

Los Angeles Spoonie Collective, North Hills

Mirror Memoirs, Los Angeles

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, Oakland

Northstate Trans*/GNC Project, Chico

Peacock Rebellion, Oakland

Quest House Community Healing, Pacifica

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco

Somos Familia Valle, Mission Hills

Trans and Queer Youth for Gender Justice, Oakland

The SisTrahood, La Mesa

T4T Caregiving, Pacifica

Trans and Nonbinary Housing Collective, Sacramento

TRANScend, San Francisco

TRANScending in Nature, Greenfield

Unique Woman’s Coalition, Los Angeles

Welcome, San Francisco

 

Washington DC 

AllowMe,

ARCOIRIS

Black & Indigenous Transgender Safehaus (B.I.T.S.)

Bois Modeling Transformative Justice (BMTJ)

Nelwat Ishkamewe

No Justice No Pride

Pawsitive Palz

Plantita Power

Starseed Earthroot

They them collective

Trans People of Color Coalition

Trans Terps DC

Trans United

Trans Women of Color Collective

 

Florida

Black Masc, Sunrise

Bridging the gap!, Fort Lauderdale

Florida Coalition for Trans Liberation, Tallahassee

The Halfway Point, Tallahassee

LIPS Tampa, Apopka

New Beginnings TLC, Inc., Winter Haven

Orlando Trans Collective, Orlando

QLatinx, Orlando

Rooted Resistance, Tallahassee

Social Film Projects LLC, North Miami Beach

TransInclusive Group, Pembroke Pines

TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami

Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach

Unspoken Treasure Society, Brooker

 

Georgia

COMMUNITY ESTRELLA, Acworth

Community Roots, Decatur

Freedom Overground, Marietta

International Association of Trans Bodybuilders and Powerlifters, IATBP, Atlanta

Q&A, Sandy Springs

Queer Culture[s], Atlanta

Sexual Liberation Collective, Decatur

Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta

TMBLM, Inc., Duluth

Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Atlanta

Trans-Individuals Living Their Truth, Decatur

Trans*Visible, Covington

Trans(forming), East Point

TRANScending Barriers Atlanta, Atlanta

Ubuntu Incorporated, Lithia Springs

 

Hawaii

Anuenue Alliance, Honolulu

HEARTS Maui, Wailuku

Kuaana Project, Honolulu

 

Illinois

Brave Space Alliance, Chicago

Masjid al-Rabia, Chicago

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago

Transilient, Chicago

Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), Chicago

 

Indiana

GenderNexus, Indianapolis

TREES, Inc., South Bend

 

Louisiana

CANScantSTAND, New Orleans

Deep South Wellness Project, New Orleans

Imagine Water Works, New Orleans

LOUD, New Orleans

New Legacy Media Ministries, New Orleans

 

Massachusetts

Black and Pink Boston Chapter, Dorchester

Rebel Cause Inc, Springfield

Sonrisas, Cheshire

Trans Asylum Seekers Support Network and Ministry Alliance, Amherst

 

Maryland

Baltimore Safe Haven, Baltimore

The Maryland Trans Resilience Conference, Baltimore

Sistas of the “t”, Baltimore

Trans Maryland, Gaithersburg

Trans-Latinx DMV, Baltimore

 

Maine

Maine Transgender Network INC., Portland

Portland Outright, Portland

 

Michigan

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, Grand Rapids

Grassroots Activism Direct Emergency-GADES, Ferndale

Native Justice Coalition, Manistee

NUII WAAV BROTHERHOOD, Detroit

Salus Center UCC, Lansing

TGNC Emotional Wellness Providers’ Summit, Detroit

Trans Sistas of Color Project, Highland park

Transcend the Binary, Ferndale

 

Minnesota

20% Theatre Company, Minneapolis

For the Culture, Minneapolis

Open Flame Theatre, Minneapolis

Queer Science, Saint Paul

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

SPIRAL Collective, Minneapolis

 

Missouri

Feed the People Garden Project, St. Louis

Gabriella Rosé Justice Support System, Columbia

Kansas City Center for Inclusion, Kansas City

Lot’s Wife Trans and Queer Chaplaincy, St Louis

Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St. Louis

Mid Missouri Transgender Support, Jefferson City

Our Spot KC, Kansas City

St. Louis Anti-Violence Project, St. Louis

Trans Queer Flat STL, St. Louis

Transformations, Kansas City

Transfuturism by The Justice Fleet, St Louis

 

Mississippi

Bois of the Sippi, Corinth

 

North Carolina

Asheville Transformers, Asheville

House of Pentacles, Durham

NC Trans Leadership Network, Asheville

Name Change Project, Asheville

Pansy Collective, Asheville

QORDS, Durham

Radical Kindred, Boone

There’s Still Hope, Charlotte

WNC QTPOC Support Group, Asheville

 

Nebraska

Trans Collaborations Community Board, Kearney

 

New Jersey

Black Excellence Collective, Newark

New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance, Long Branch

Tertium Quid, Jersey City

 

New Mexico

Albuquerque Queer Trans Community Yoga, Albuquerque

Decolonize Massage, Albuquerque

SW Two Spirit Society, Albuquerque

Trans Liberation Coalition, Albuquerque

 

Nevada

Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas

Trans Pride Foundation, Las Vegas

 

New York

Activation, Woodridge

Awakening Trans Art Coalition, Boiceville

Black Trans Blessing, Bronx

Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, Brooklyn

Black Trans Media, Brooklyn

Black Trans Travel Fund, Bronx

BlackCuse Pride, Syracuse

Caribbean Equality Project, Queens

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo / CITG, Jackson Heights

Community Kinship Life (Ck life), Bronx

Crystal LaBeija Organizing Fellowship, Brooklyn

Cuir Kitchen Brigade, Brooklyn

Dorian Corey Project WNY/Transgressions, Kenmore

F2L, New York

For The Gworls, Brooklyn

The G.H.O.S.T. Project, Brooklyn

Gays & Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS), Queens

The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center, New York

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

Lighthouse Mutual Aid, Saugerties

metaDEN, Brooklyn

Mirror Trans Beauty LLC, Brooklyn

Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center, Newburgh

NYC Trans Oral History Project, New York

The Okra Project, Brooklyn

Organización Latina Trans de New York, Brooklyn

Princess Janae Place Inc, Bronx

Radical Joy and Mental Health x Emulisfy, Brooklyn

Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform (STARR), Schenechtady

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

Trans Lab, New York

Trans Resistance Through Media, Bronx

TransGenerational Theatre Project, Long Island City

 

Ohio

Black Queer & Intersectional Collective, Columbus

META Center Inc., Akron

Margie’s Hope, Akron

TRANSlate, Cleveland

TransOhio, Columbus

 

Oklahoma

Transpire Oklahoma, Inc., Tulsa

 

Oregon

Beyond These Walls, Portland

Glitter Squadron, Portland

Point of Pride, Eugene

QTPoC Mental Health, Portland

Trans*Ponder, Eugene

 

Pennsylvania

Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia

Interfaith Working Group dba Transfaith, Philadelphia

Lehigh Valley Transgender Renaissance, Orefield

T’DAS: Transgender Domestic Abuse Sanctuary, Philadelphia

Trans Minors Rights, Lititz

TransCamp, Philadelphia

TransFamily of NWPA, Erie

 

Puerto Rico

Arianna’s Center / Puerto Rico, San Juan

Editorial Casa Cuna, Hormigueros

EspicyNipples, Guayama

Fundación Boreales, Carolina

Pólvora Colectiva, San Juan

Semillas, San Juan

T.E.A. ( Transgenero En Accion ), Guaynabo

Trans Feria. San Juan, San Juan

 

Rhode Island

Triumphant 2Gether, Providence

 

South Carolina

Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc., Lexington

Gender Benders, Piedmont

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, Porcupine

 

Tennessee

Bold & Beautiful, Memphis

The Meadow Collective, Liberty

Trans Empowerment Project, Knoxville

WeCareTN, Memphis

 

Texas

Black and Brown Biennale, Houston

Black Trans MX, Carrollton

Black Transmen Inc, Carrollton

Black Transwomen Inc, Carrollton

Borderland Rainbow Center, El Paso

Cicada Collective, Lewisville

Coastal Bend Trans Alliance, Corpus Christi

Cons.T.ruct, Houston

GenTex, McAllen

Latinas Trans Austin, Houston

Latinas Trans Dallas, Houston

Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas, Houston

Revolution Foundation, Dallas

Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston, Houston

Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas

 

Virginia

Charlottesville Trans Peer Group, Troy

Garden of Peace, Inc., Newport News

MINORITY TRANSGENDER UNITY, Norfolk

Power Safe Place Resource Center of Virginia, Front Royal

South eastern transgender Resource Center, Norfolk

Stand for Art Foundation, Alexandria

TEA of Greater Washington D.C., Burke

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

 

Washington

Beyond Bars and Binaries, Tacoma

The Black Trans Prayer Book, Seattle

Heartspark Press, Olympia

QTPOC Birthwerq Project, Seattle

Rad Care, Seattle

Solace, Spokane

Stonewall Youth, Olympia

Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network, Seattle

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The 2019 TJFP Annual Report is Out!

“The word legacy keeps coming into my head. We’re a cohort within this legacy of trans people who have made these funding decisions; everybody who applies to TJFP is entering into this legacy; and TJFP is leaving a legacy of how to do this work. There’s a need for doing funding in ways that center community needs, and I think TJFP does that really well.” – “Matters of the Heart in a Movement,” Micky Bradford, 2019 TJFP Fellow, TJFP 2019 Annual Report

Dear Friends, family and community,

As 2020 unfolds and we approach our eighth year of grantmaking, TJFP is more than ever before committed to supporting and uplifting the liberatory work of our trans justice community. In 2019, we were able to move $750,000 to 186 grassroots trans-led groups around the country!

And we’ve released our stunning, 2019 annual report and for the first time, we’ve included a copy of our application and a highlight about each and every one of the 186 trans-led grassroots groups that received a grant in 2019. Inside this gorgeous cover you’ll find words from TJFP staff and friends, powerful conversations with our 2019 grantmaking fellows, and so much more. We hope you’ll find it to be an enlightening and empowering resource!

Thank you so much for being a part of the TJFP community. Thank you to all of the amazing trans-led groups organizing around the country, our donors who provide unwavering support, the world’s best volunteers, cheerleaders, friends, and family! We need each and every one of you to continue to believe in grassroots trans justice.

We’re here because of you. Thank you for trusting and supporting trans leadership alongside us!

 

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More than Magic: Seven Years of Funding Trans Justice

TJFP is a small funding project built and powered by a lot of community love, sweat, and tears. And yes, there is magic in this work, but what really gets us going each and every day is YOU–our beloved and powerful grantees and applicants, donors, staff, volunteers, family, and friends.

“Our fight and our resilience is a testimony that it gets better, not because we pray it so, but because we fight like hell to make it so!” —Everette Renee Thompson, 2018 Community Grantmaking Fellow

Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of working with 42 of the most brilliant trans justice activists and organizers around the country as part of our annual grantmaking panels. We’ve received 1,118 applications from some of the most radical and visionary grassroots, trans-led groups creating spaces and systems of care for our community.

Please enjoy this video we created to share some of the behind the scenes magic with you. You may even see some familiar faces!

Here’s to seven years of trans leadership and justice in action! We can’t do this work without you, so wherever you are–thank you for being part of the magic and brilliance of our trans justice movements.

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Visibility and Self Care PSA with Lachlan Watson!

“If you don’t know Lachlan Watson yet, it’s time to start paying attention, because the 18-year-old actor is on the brink of their biggest year yet. Watson, who plays Theo on Netflix’s teen drama Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, just partnered with Unilever for the brand’s latest initiative, United We Stand. The campaign pairs six grassroots, non-governmental organizations with LGBTQ+ voices and allies to raise a
wareness about the lack of accessibility of beauty products in the queer community.”

A huge thank you Tourmaline for helping make this opportunity happen and for filming such beautiful PSA stories! We’re so honored you chose us! And to Lachlan Watson and Schmidt’s Naturals, a super huge thanks you for partnering with us and supporting the work of TJFP!
Check out the full article here!

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Shouting out to our fourth 2019 TJFP Grantmaking Fellow, Priyank Jindal!

In a couple of weeks our panel of outstanding grantmaking Fellows will soon arrive in New York ready and eager to select and award this year’s grantees. This is something we work towards all year long.  Please join us in welcoming another TJFP Fellow and incredible organizer, Priaynk Jindal!

Priyank is a longtime transsexual, part time amateur Muay Thai fighter. They are also a member of LeftRootsa national formation of Left social movement organizers and activists who want to connect grassroots struggles to a strategy to win liberation for all people and the planet and a nurse practitioner living in Philadelphia, PA.  They love accessories, a gorgeous braid and fighting to end heteropatriarchy and racial capitalism.

Priyank has been engaged in liberation work for decades and we’re elated they said yes to joining the team.  We’re counting down the days till we get to learn from their experience and wisdom in person!

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Give it up for TJFP 2019 Grantmaking Fellow, Zakia McKensey!

A very warm welcome to Zakia McKensey to the TJFP 2019 Grantmaking Fellowship!  Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Zakia is currently working extremely hard to carefully review hundreds of applications in preparation for our upcoming grantmaking meeting in June. We cannot wait to learn and grow from her leadership on this years team!

Zakia McKensey is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has been an active member of the LGBTQ community. For many years Zakia was a national performer and pageant competitor. She is a former Miss Gay Black America, Miss Black National, Miss International Supermodel, Miss Godfrey’s and Miss Virginia Capitol Pride. She has worked for Fan Free Clinic where she was instrumental in creating the Transgender Clinic as well as Richmond City Health District, where she was a DIsease Intervention Specialist and also the 1st African American Transgender Women to ever work for the health distirct. October of 2015 she opened the Nationz Foundation a 501©3 organization that provides advocacy for transgender individuals as well as offering HIV/STI testing, Food Pantry, Emergency Housing and other supportive services to the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Recently she aquired an RV to create a mobile testing unit to offer her services in communities where transportation is a barrier to access testing or safer sex items and food. Zakia also works for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project where she serves as the Transgender Advocate, assisting individuals who have experiences of violence. She was named a 2018 Outstanding Virginian, by Equality Virginia. Zakia was honored with a Firework Award by Virginia Pride in 2018. In her free time she enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, competing and attending pageants, cooking and spending time with her dog.

Yes Zakia, YESSSSS!

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Lessons on Being Bold: A conversation with 2018 Fellow Bré Anne Rivera

“Sharing space with the other grantmaking fellows and hearing from people from rural Montana to communities in Hawaii helped to open my mind about how differently the work looks for people in different areas. Sometimes when you’re on the ground, it is easy to lose that perspective, and instead think, “This is what’s working for me and my girls in Detroit, so it should work for everyone, right?” But, no, it doesn’t always work like that. So when an application came in from a rural part of the country, it was important to hear from someone from that community. These conversations really helped me be more strategic and forward-thinking about who we were supporting and funding.”  -Bré Anne Rivera

Each year we invite our talented Fellows to share their thoughts and experiences as grantmaking panelists in our “Letters From the Table” section of our annual report. Last year fall we were fortunate enough to get a chance to sit down with 2018 TJFP Fellow, Bré Anne Rivera to gain a better understanding of her experience reviewing over 200 applications and selecting grantees through a community-led process.

In her interview Bré bravely spoke from the heart, candidly sharing powerful reflections and recommendations for the funding world that we hope will resinate with you whether you’re a grassroots organizer, a funder or someone interested in trans justice and liberation.

Please check out this remarkable interview, Lessons on Being Bold!

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Honoring those we’ve lost and sending love to our people

Art by Amir Khadar in collaboration with TGI Justice Project.  Feel free to download this piece of art and many others here.

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to honor and lift up the lives and memories of trans and gender non-conforming people who were taken from us due to anti-trans hate and violence.

Not only this day, but every day, we ask you to join us in grieving our beloveds.

Not only this day, but every day, we ask that you to join us in making a life-long commitment to keeping each other safe–our selves, our trans and gender non-conforming friends, family, neighbors, and community members.

Not only this day, but every day, we ask that you fill your heart with love and send it to each and every trans and gender non-conforming person of color, particularly trans women of color and explicitly, black trans women.

To those lives that were lost, your magic is felt and we honor you. In your absence your light persists within all of us. And in your memory we fight for justice and liberation so that one day we might all be free.

 

As we honor those who we’ve lost, we also encourage you to support the trans justice that exists today, in whatever way feels right to you. You can find a trans-led group in your local area and volunteer or donate to their work. You can find grassroots trans-led groups doing transformative work on our digital map here, or you can see a list of all of the 2018 TJFP grantees here and donate to them directly.

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We have something they don’t…

By now you may have already learned of the most recent attack by the Trump administration on trans people and our communities.

“The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.”, according to the New York Times article featuring a draft memo leaked over the weekend.

For those of us who feel un-nerved and uneasy by this news, your fears come from a very real place and are valid.

For those of us who feel like this isn’t new news at all and are angry and exhausted, your feelings come from a very real place and are valid.

These are difficult messages to receive year after year.

And at the same time, we want to remind you that we have something they don’t. Even with all the resources, power, and commitment to illusions of power, we know what it means to be resilient.  We know what it means to look after one another, to share, fight like hell, hold each other, and we know how to show up in ways they might never even dream of. We know the importance of that as a means to thrive and for survival.

In a statement from the Transgender Law Center, Executive Director Kris Hiyashi writes, “The draft memo the NYT reported on this weekend, a document written by officials at HHS, is transparently a hate-motivated response to these victories. It attempts to rewrite years of progress achieved by advocates under the Obama administration. Here, written out plain, is their attempt to erase our very existence as transgender people. This memo reveals that this administration intends nothing short of our destruction…. To be clear: nothing this administration can do will undermine the scores of federal courts that have recognized our humanity and hundreds of state and local legal protections we’ve already won.”

We are being called to action again and again. Not just some of us, all of us. 
If you can, please support trans led leadership in any way you can. From making a donation to volunteering to uplifting each other or sending a text to the people in your life who are on your mind… there are many ways we can organize and resist with love, justice, and each other at the center.

 

Here are 182 groups funded by TJFP this year alone who are out there, doing this work for us all every day.

To everyone one of you who live and breathe trans justice–however you’re able to, we are so thankful for you.

With gratitude,

 

 

Gabriel Foster, Executive Director

 

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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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