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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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Entering a new year with new staff at TJFP!

Images left to right: Cathy Kapua and Mattee Jim, 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellows; Micky Bradford, Úmi Vera, Zakia McKensey, Sammie Ablaza Wills, Priyank Jindal, 2019 Community Grantmaking Fellows; Demian Yoon at 2019 Philly Trans Wellness conference.

We are pleased to introduce Cathy Kapua and Demian Yoon as TJFP’s newest staff members, and Zakia McKensey as part of our brilliant facilitation team!

In 2017, Demian arrived at our office eager to volunteer and help in anyway he could. Even though we weren’t yet set up to handle volunteers, Demian proved to be patient and dedicated. He showed up week after week to assist with admin related tasks, quickly becoming an invaluable teammate. We are so lucky to have him onboard as the new Administrative Assistant!

That same year, former grantee Cathy Kapua joined the 2017 Community-led Grantmaking Fellowship crew. After completing her Fellowship, Cathy enthusiastically agreed to work with us a contractor helping us welcome and provide training as well as one on one support to our grantmaking fellows in 2018 and 2019. Cathy already came to TJFP with a long  track record of devotion and care for trans communities and trans justice. We’re overjoyed Cathy said yes to us one more time, and we’re honored to have her vision and leadership as our new Deputy Director!

Over the course of several years Cathy and Demian have given so much of themselves to make TJFP what it is today, and we can’t imagine doing this work without them.

Passing the Torch!

When TJFP was brand new and just starting to get up and running, we realized we would need an experienced, talented facilitator to help create a space for our community-led panel to make difficult and thrilling decisions selecting grantees and their award amounts. Having seen Nico Amador in action while facilitating for the Leeway Foundation’s artist and organizer funding panels it was obvious to us that he was ‘the one’! And he’s been facilitating TJFP from the very beginning! At first he facilitated solo before Andrea Jenkins and Glo Ross joined the facilitation team.

And now as we move into our 8th year Nico will be working closely with Cathy Kapua and 2019 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow Zakia McKensey, onboarding them and passing the torch to our new TJFP facilitation team! What a legacy of brilliant and fiercely dedicated facilitators!

Zakia has been a long time powershouse in Richmond, Virginia as founder and executive director of Nationz Foundation. Zakia is also a former grantee of TJFP and we can’t believe she said yes to joining us. We’re still fanning ourselves!

We invite you to celebrate this fabulous news with us by welcoming this dynamic team  Zakia, Cathy, and Demian to TJFP! We couldn’t be more proud to continue trusting and centering the leadership of Black, Indigenous, Brown, people of color who are trans, gender nonconforming, and non-binary! 

 

Cathy Kapua, Deputy Director

Cathy has worked with the transgender community since 2003, first starting off as a Peer Educator at Kulia Na Mamo, then eventually moving on to become the Transgender Service Manager at the Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center. Cathy is proud of her academic accomplishments in the University of Hawaii- West Oahu where she received a B.S. in Public Administration and continues to use these skills to help her Native Hawaiian community. She has been successful in advocating for transgender programming and providing culturally competency trainings throughout the nation but prides herself mainly on being a role model for younger transgender women in Hawai`i.

 

Zakia McKensey, Community Grantmaking Facilitator

Zakia 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 district.

October of 2015 she opened the Nationz Foundation a 501C3 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 acquired 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 Japan.

 

Demian Yoon, Administrative Assistant

Demian Yoon received his BA in English and minored in Religion at Haverford College. Since then, he’s worked in education (both indoor and outdoor) and currently splits his time between roles as an Administrative Assistant at Trans Justice Funding Project and a Trust & Safety Assistant at DonorsChoose. He is a New Yorker born and raised, now living in Brooklyn, and enjoys science fiction, educational podcasts, hiking, and spending time with his loved ones.

 

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Applications are open for 2020 grants!

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?

  • Are you a group?
  • Are you a grassroots, trans justice group run by and for trans people?
  • Is your group’s total budget less than $250,000?
  • Are you located in the United States or a U.S. territory?
  • Are you centering the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions?
  • Are you meeting the needs of different local communities and using organizing and/or providing services to help bring people together?
  • Do you see your work as part of a bigger picture of trans-led work that seeks dignity and justice for all people?

* 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 750,000 dollars with grant sizes of $2500, $5000, and $10,000.

Deadline

The deadline to apply is February 15th, 2020 by midnight Eastern Standard Time. Decisions will be made at the end of May 2020, so you can expect to hear back from us by early June 2020.

Translation & Accessibility

The application is currently available in English and Spanish.

Please email us at admin@transjusticefundingproject.org 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.

¡Las solicitudes ya están disponibles para las subvenciones del 2020 del Proyecto de Financiamiento de Justicia Trans (TJFP)!

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?

  • ¿Es un grupo?
  •  ¿Es grupo comunitario de justicia trans dirigido por y para personas trans?
  • ¿El presupuesto total de su grupo es menos que $250,000?
  • ¿Está ubicado en los Estados Unidos o en Territorios de los Estados Unidos?
  • ¿Su grupo se enfoca en el liderazgo de personas trans organizando sobre sus experiencias con racismo, injusticia económica, trans-misoginia, capacitismo, inmigración, encarcelamiento, y otras opresiones interseccional?
  • ¿Satisface las necesidades de diferentes comunidades locales y organiza y/o provee servicios para unir las personas
  • ¿Considera su trabajo parte de una panorama general de trabajo dirigido por las personas trans para dignidad y justicia para todas personas?

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.

Fecha límite

La fecha límite para solicitar es la 15 de febrero de 2020 por la medianoche EST. Decidiremos a finales de May 2020. Entonces, planea tener la respuesta de nosotrxs para Junio 2020.

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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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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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In these trying times..

Our hopes, our visions, our pathways will continue to lead us.

In these times of great difficulty TJFP is so honored to guided and carried by so many of you.

Community: Your visionary strategies and greatness is more powerful then anything our opposers could every dream of.

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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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Introducing 2018 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Ezak Perez!

We are so excited to welcome Ezak Amaviska Perez to TJFP’s 2018 grantmaking team!

Ezak was born and raised in and around Los Angeles, CA. They are a Two Spirit, Hopi Native American and Latinx community organizer. They have been leading trainings locally in LA as well as nationally for the past 12+ years. He is currently the Organizational Director of Gender Justice LA (GJLA).  GJLA is a member-based, grassroots social justice organization for and led by gender non-conforming, gender fluid, two spirit, questioning, and trans people of color in LA. He is currently helping to create the first Indigenous Pride LA and was recently honored by the Sons & Brothers Portrait Series for Native American heritage month.  He’s a part of a party collective called THroz, creating pop up fun-draiser parties in LA. Ezak believes that self-care & community care are critical and essential to be able to do this work for the long haul.  He loves spending time in nature and thrifting.

We can’t wait to build with you, Ezak!

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Introducing 2018 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez!

Thank you Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez for saying “Yes!” to joining TJFP’s 2018 grantmaking team!

Isabel was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Miami with their family at the age of 6. They began community organizing against deportations and for immigration reform in 2007 and have since become the Membership and Organizing Director and the Florida Immigrant Coalition. Isabel has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of South Florida and as a graduate student at the City University of New York, they published academic articles detailing the effects of legal status and marginalization on undocumented mothers and on immigrant adolescents in the transition to adulthood. From 2015 through 2016, they were the state coordinator of New York’s Mexican Initiative on Deferred Action. They also serve on the Board of Unite for a Fair Economy.

We are so excited to be able to share space and learn from you Isabel!

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