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And Now.. Introducing our Sixth and Final 2019 TJFP Grantmaking Fellow, Micky B!

Completing the 2019 Community Grantmaking Fellowship team is the extraordinary Micky B!  Having been long time fans of Micky B’s work and ongoing commitment to trans justice, particularly in the South, we were floored when she agreed to join us.  Please help us celebrate all of our 2019 Fellows who over the past several months have been working harder then you might ever imagine.

Right now we’re just a few days away from hosting this awesome panel in New York who will be meeting all weekend long making final funding decisions! Stay tuned for more!

But for now, we’re pleased to introduce you to Micky B!

Micky B is a Black Trans Woman using cultural organizing to build the political leadership of Trans/GNC leaders across the South. Though a German born Army brat, Micky descends from the 1st free Black welders in Southwest Georgia. Her political development was grown through a village of white feminist lesbians, Black trans women, & HIV-positive Black gay men. Since 2015, Micky B co-founded & continues to curate “Southern Fried Queer Pride” (SFQP), a DIY art education non-profit and week long queer art festival. Through SFQP, she explores the nuanced intersections of queer performance art, installation, and film.

Micky has organized trans communities across the South as the 1st lead of the TLC@SONG program, where she co-organized against HB2 in NC, held a TGNC leadership convening in Nashville, TN, and organized a listening tour across the region. Currently, Micky works as the “Organizing Program Associate” for the Transgender Law Center, serves on committees funding trans-lead movement work, and trains organizations with the SUSTAIN Wellbeing COMPASS Center.

Micky is a proud member of the Pioneering House of Ultra Omni, member of Southerners On New Ground, graduate of the 2017 Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle, and 2018 Atlanta Pride Grand Marshal.

Micky B is a proud bisexual mama living and loving in Atlanta, GA. She loves fried vegetarian cuisine after a long day of voguing in resistance to the police state.

 

We can’t wait to be in your presence Micky B!

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Introducing 2015 Panelist, Mel Goodwin!

Another fierce addition to this year’s team!

Mel Goodwin is a white anti-racist, radical, feminist, vegan, genderqueer femme living with a disability.

Mel Goodwin, 2015 TJFP Panelist

Mel Goodwin, 2015 TJFP Panelist

Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Mel moved to rural North Carolina in June 2014 to live with their partner, a black transmasculine revolutionary. They are a first year law student at North Carolina Central University, a Historically Black University in Durham, North Carolina. Their goal, if they complete law school, is to be a lawyer for the revolution, using their privilege in service to and in solidarity with transgender and queer people of color. Prior to moving to the South, Mel spent ten years working within the non-profit industrial complex, more than half of that time at a predominantly white, gay, non-transgender organization where they generally raised hell by encouraging the politicization of trans and queer youth and unapologetically advocating for, co-creating, and growing transgender programs and services, including one of the first multi-stall gender neutral bathrooms in Southern Nevada. Mel is also a co-founder of Gender Justice Nevada.

As they approach their 30th birthday and reflect on the many transformative changes that have occurred in their life over the past year, Mel’s deepest desire is to learn how to live interdependently, build authentic, sustainable relationships, and be an accountable community member through healing their own history of trauma and abuse, engaging in liberation work that centers the leadership of trans and queer people of color, and developing spiritual practices.

We’re already so thankful to have you be a part of TJFP, Mel!

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Introducing 2015 TJFP Panelist, M’Bwende Anderson!

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M’Bwende Anderson, 2015 TJFP Panelist

A very warm welcome to our third panelist, M’Bwende Anderson!

M’Bwende is obsessed with flipping experiences of poverty, sexism, racism, transphobia and heteronormativity into creative genius, community building and positive action. An organizer/activist with various non-profit, NGO and government agencies, their contributions have centered a mix of colored and queer for the past 20 years. Currently a BFA Printmedia candidate at Western Michigan University, their work examines institutional impact and survival as a black, queer, masculine-born-female, parent.

In their current artistic practice they state… ‘Surviving state violence forces one to be creative. Survivors create language, ways of being, strategic interventions and stealth actions in order to survive state violence. These inform how we traverse our own narratives – those found in the creases, folds and margins of our ‘otherness’. They help us navigate the sting of punitive environments and systems which we navigate daily. My work illuminates resistance in the crucible of these dangerous environments, systems, geographies and cultures.’

We can’t wait to work with you M’Bwende!

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