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We have the skills, the spirit, and experience to survive this…

Dear friends, family, and community,

TJFP is holding you, our community, and family in our minds and hearts during this particularly challenging moment.

These are indeed scary times, as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a screeching halt.  The world looks very different today than it did even a week ago.

For many of our grantees, applicants, and community, there has never been a busier time.

Many of us are grappling with how to keep going and providing answers and solutions with urgency. Our communities–which often include those we consider family–are in great need of support, connection, healing, shelter, mutual aid and resources. The deep sense of worry is real.

TJFP is also concerned about the well being and livelihood of individuals, organizations and those most marginalized and isolated.

There is so much we are all holding collectively and there is so much we do not yet know.

But here’s something we do know…

While the phrase “We’re all in this together” has quickly become a popular hashtag and is a sentiment shared widely in the media, knowing the value of caring for our communities has been a commitment, a practice and a way of life for our communities for a long, long time.  “We’re all in this together” is a politic many of us have been forced to commit to or have chosen to believe in before COVID-19.  Some of us are experts in surviving so much, that it’s been passed on to us by our ancestors and remains alive in our very own DNA.

Grassroots organizing, and the individuals that make them what they are, show up constantly to fill the gaps and failures our systems have left us with. Below, we’ve provided important links to efforts organized and supported by TJFP’s 2019 grantees. As much as they need us to show up for them, we need them for our collective survival.  Grassroots movements are essential.

TJFP will remain committed to showing up for our folks without burdening them.

We will continue to move money directly to grassroots, trans-led groups across the US, with as few strings attached as possible, as we have always done.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we will be moving more money in 2020 to trans justice groups than originally planned, while also supplying our TJFP community-led grantmaking fellow alumni with an emergency fund.

TJFP has also joined an emergency response effort with the Third Wave Fund, Borealis’s Fund for Trans Generations, Funders for LGBT Issues’s Grantmakers United for Trans Community, and Wellspring. More information about that fund will be released early next week.

It is with great hope that you will be patient, kind, and generous with each other during these tender times. The load will be heavy and the loss will be significant and yet we will find a way. For those of you wondering how you can help, we ask you to please support grassroots efforts however possible.

Friends, family, and beloved community, we have the skills, the spirit and experience to survive this. For those of you who can, please check in on your people.  Extending love, grace, appreciation and authentic support is what will get us through.

With gratitude and great care,



 

 

Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaborative
Little Rock, AR
Donate to community relief giving circle

No Justice No Pride
Washington, DC
Requesting food, cleaning/hygiene supplies, volunteers for patient advocacy, funds for emergency microgrants, instacart giftcards

Black & Indigenous Transgender Safehaus (B.I.T.S.)
Washington, DC
Donate to support trans students

Trans Women of Color Collective
Washington, DC
Donate to survival fund

Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida
MIAMI BEACH, FL
Donate to support fund for folks in hospitality industry in South Florida

Brave Space Alliance
Chicago, IL
Volunteer for food pantry
Donate to food pantry

Louisiana Trans Advocates
Baton Rouge, LA
Donate to TGNC Crisis Funding Circle Louisiana
In lieu of gatherings, send letters against anti-trans legislation

Metro Trans Umbrella Group
St. Louis, MO
Donate food and disinfectant

Trans Queer Flat STL
St. Louis, MO
Donate food and supplies

Black Trans Media
Brooklyn, NY
Donate food, supplies, or money

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo / CITG
Jackson Heights, NY
Donate to Transgender Emergency Fund

Black Queer & Intersectional Collective
Columbus, OH
Donate to BQIC Emergency Fund

Hearts on a Wire
Philadelphia, PA
Be a pen pal for an incarcerated LGBTQ individual

sisTers PGH
Pittsburgh, PA
Donate to Pittsburgh LGBTQIA Emergency Relief Fund

Latinas Trans Austin
Houston, TX
Donate to Houston LGBTQI Latinx fund

Trans Pride Initiative
Dallas, TX
Volunteer to provide mutual aid

Nationz Foundation
Richmond, VA
Donate to food pantry

Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network
Seattle, WA
Donate to Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network Fund


 

 

 

Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida
MIAMI BEACH, FL
Apply for hospitality industry fund

Brave Space Alliance
Chicago, IL
Request food or other supplies

Metro Trans Umbrella Group
St. Louis, MO
Food and supplies available for pickup, home donations also available

Trans Pride Initiative
Dallas, TX
Contact to access food pantry

Stonewall Youth
Olympia, WA
Organization is offering to purchase supplies for youth 12-24


 

 

 

Masjid al-Rabia
Chicago, IL
Online support groups and prayer services

Portland Outright
Portland, ME
In person programming has moved online

Transformations
Kansas City, MO
Support groups now online, see Facebook page for specific groups
TDOV Virtual Resource Fair

Tranzmission
Asheville, NC
Support groups now moving online

QTPoC Mental Health
Portland, OR
Collection of helpful links and online community

Borderland Rainbow Center
El Paso, TX
Teletherapy and virtual support groups available, see Facebook page for specific options

Nationz Foundation
Richmond, VA
Call the office to access support group

Out in the Open
Brattleboro, VT
Join rural LGBTQ virtual hangouts


 

 

 

QLatinx
Orlando, FL
Healing through community storytelling

Transcend the Binary
Ferndale, MI
Quarantine and Chill queer film streaming

House of Pentacles
Durham, NC
Offered free virtual healing gathering

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia – TAPVA
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Digital TDOV celebration

Out in the Open
Brattleboro, VT
Submission requests for QuaranZine

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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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Announcing our third 2019 TJFP Grantmaking Fellow, Úmi Vera!

TJFP is so lucky to get to work with this amazing organizer and force of light!  Úmi’s passion and excitement as she reads through this years applications, learning more about the breadth of trans justice work is EVERYTHING. Please welcome to the TJFP grant making team, Úmi Vera!

Úmi is a child of Tepehuan O’dami indigenous immigrant parents. She was born and raised half of her life in southeast L.A and currently resides in
the Pacific Northwest. With 15 years of organizing experience predominantly in policy advocacy in the intersections of migrant and trans/queer grassroots organizing, she joined Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement as the Campaign Director.

She has executive leadership experience and was most recently the End Profiling Legislative Campaign Director at Unite Oregon, a refugee and immigrant rights organization. There she co-created Resilient Connections, a support group and leadership program for trans/queer refugees and migrant new arrivals. Úmi is very passionate about her fellowship role at TJFP and she hopes to continue building with TJFP’s incredible network of trans lead movement building.

Thank you Úmi for joining the team!

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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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