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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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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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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, 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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Announcing the 2017 TJFP Grantees!

Just two weeks ago the 2017 TJFP Fellowship team made their way to New York city to meet for the very first time in person.  Since March, each of them have dedicated their days, nights and weekends to carefully review all 175 applications received.  For three days the devoted grant making panelists gave their everything-as they selected grantees and award amounts.

Because of this team, the amazing projects and organizations that applied for funding and our dedicated donors, this year we were not only able to DOUBLE our grant amounts, we also distributed half a million dollars to grassroots, trans-led, trans justice organizing!  As we celebrate our 5th anniversary, we can’t think of anything more celebratory then being able to fund 153 groups!

Congratulations TJFP friends and family and to everyone who’s kept trans justice close to your heart!

***Please check out this year’s list of grantees below***

The 2017 TJFP Grantees

Allgo, Austin, TX

API Equality – Northern California (APIENC), San Francisco, CA

Area 425, Minneapolis, MN

Arianna’s Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, Little Rock, AR

Beyond These Walls, Portland, OR

bklyn boihood, Brooklyn, NY

Black Excellence Collective, Philadelphia

Black Trans Media, Brooklyn, NY

Black Transmen Inc, Dallas, TX

Black Transwomen Inc, Dallas, TX

Bois of the SIppi, Corinth, MS

Bold & Beautiful, Memphis, TN

Brave Space Alliance, Chicago, IL

Bridgewalkers Alliance, Portland, OR

Brutha’s Rising,Inc., Pittsburgh, CA

Camp Born This Way, Tucson, AZ

Center for Community Healing, Madison, WI

Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition, Austin, TX

Cicada Collective, Austin, TX

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo / CITG, Jackson Heights, NY

Collective of Geniuses, Seattle, WA

Community Ele’te, Richmond, VA

Community Kinship Life (CK Life), Bronx, NY

Comunidad Estrella, Brookhaven/Atlanta, GA

CVille Peer Group, Troy, VA

Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit, MI

Durham Gender Alliance, Durham, NC

East Coast Two Spirit Society, Lewes, DE

Four Direction Fire Keeper – Eagle Evolution, Long Beach, CA

FTM Foundation, Atlanta, GA

Fuerza y Union Multiple, Henderson, NC

Garden of Peace Project, Pittsburgh, PA

Gender Benders, Piedmont, SC

Gender Infinity, Houston, TX

Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles, CA

Gender Justice League, Seattle, WA

Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

GenderNexus, Indianapolis, IN

Good Sense Farm & Apiary, Washington, DC

Green Mountain Crossroads, Brattleboro, VT

Greensboro Community Care Collective, Greensboro, NC

Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati, OH

Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia, PA

Idaho Transgender Healthcare Advocacy Coalition, Boise, ID

Immigrant Youth Coalition, Los Angeles, CA

Ingersoll Gender Center, Seattle, WA

Interfaith Working Group, Philadelphia, PA

Jacksonville Transgender Action Committee Inc., Jacksonville, FL

Jays House, Woodbourne, NY

Kaffir Bois, Brooklyn, NY

Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, Topeka, KS

Kentucky Health Justice Network and TSTAR, Louisville, KY

Kinetic Collective, Tampa, FL

La Oportunidad, Los Angeles, CA

LaGender Inc., Eastpoint, GA

Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas, NV

Latinas Trans Dallas, fort worth, TX

Live It Fully Empowered (LIFE), Long Beach, CA

Louisiana Trans Advocates, Metairie, LA

Lynchburg Transgender Alliance, Lynchburg, VA

MaineTransNet, Portland, ME

Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Tucson, AZ

Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St. Louis, MO

Mid Missouri Transgender Support, Columbia, MO

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis, MN

Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula, MT

Nationz Foundation, Richmond, VA

NC Queer TROUBLMakers, Greensboro, NC

NC Trans Leadership Council, Asheville, NC

New Legacy Ministries\Media, New Orleans, LA

New York City Trans Oral History Project, Brooklyn, NY

No Labels Clothing Cooperative, Buffalo, NY

North State Trans/GNC Project, Chico, CA

Organizacion Latina de Trans en Texas, Houston, TX

Our Spot KC, Kansas City, MO

Out Of The Box: Helpin’ Tranz Form U, Fayetteville, AR

Outshine NW, Burien, WA

Peacock Rebellion, Oakland, CA

Portland Outright, Portland, ME

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, New York, NY

RAD Remedy, Chicago, IL

RARE Productions, Minneapolis, MN

Rising Up, Seattle, WA

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

Sankofa Collective NW, Portland, OR

Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network, Santa Barbara, CA

School of Liberation Healing and Medicine/Queering Herbalism, Pittsburgh, PA

Sistas of the “T”, Baltimore, MD

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA), Tucson, AZ

SPART*A, Inc, Alexandria, VA

SPIRAL Collective, Minneapolis, MN

Spokane TALL, Spokane, WA

Stonewall Youth, Olympia, WA

Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Nashville, TN

Tent City Kweenz, Kailua, HI

TGNC Financial Empowerment Project, New York, NY

The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, Baltimore, MD

The Clearing, Durham, NC

The Eagles’ Nest, Liberty, NC

The Equi Institute, Portland, OR

The Marsha P Johnson Institute, Washington, DC

The Meadow Collective, Liberty, TN

The Spectrum Center, Hattiesburg, MS

The Trans Buddy Program, Nashville, TN

The Trans Queer Flat, St Louis, MO

The Transgender College Fund, San Francisco, CA

Tiger’s Eye Collective, Atlanta, GA

Trans Assistance Project, Portland, OR

Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Trans Latina Florida, Victoria Park, FL

Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston, Houston, TX

Trans Oral History Project, Chicago, IL

Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas, TX

Trans Queer Pueblo, Phoenix, AZ

Trans Student Educational Resources, Monterey Park, CA

Trans United, Washington, DC

Trans Women of Color Collective, Washington, DC

Trans-E-Motion, Fresno, CA

Trans-Generational Oral History Project, Albuquerque, NM

Trans-Latina Coalition DMV, Washington, DC

trans.formation, Charlotte, NC

Trans(forming), Atlanta, GA

Trans*H4CK, Oakland, CA

Trans*ponder, Eugene, OR

Trans*Visible, Columbia, CA

Trans+ (Trans Plus), Duluth, MN

TRANSART program at Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach, FL

Transcend Arizona, Paradise Valley, AZ

Transcend Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Transcend Legal, Jackson Heights, NY

TransFamily of NWPA, Erie, PA

Transform Houston, Houston, TX

Transform Ohio, Youngstown, OH

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Transformers, Asheville, NC

Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering (TAKE), Birmingham, AL

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

Transgender Education Network of a Texas, San Marcos, TX

Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richmond, VA

TransGenerational Theatre Project, Queens, NY

Transgressions/Dorian Corey Project, Buffalo, NY

Transitions Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

Translatina Network, New York, NY

TransOhio, Columbus, OH,

TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami, FL

Transwoman Empowerment Initiative, Albuquerque, NM

Tranzmission, Asheville, NC

Tranzmission Prison Project, Asheville, NC

Tres Soles, Albuquerque, NM

Upswing Advcoates, Chicago, IL

We Are Family- Trans Love Fund, Charleston, SC

Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), Chicago, IL

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Mattee Jim!

We are so excited to announce our final 2017 TJFP fellow, Mattee Jim!

Mattee is of the Zuni People Clan and born for the Towering House People Clan, this is how she identifies herself as a Navajo Person. Mattee currently works as a Supervisor for HIV Prevention Programs for First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, NM. Mattee is also a Board Member for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and A member of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Native LGBTQ. Mattee has been Blessed to have many years of Sobriety and also takes honor in being a Mentor, Advocate, role model, Trainer, Consultant, Leader, and a Strong Native Transgender Woman.

We are so looking forward to spending time and learning from your brilliance!

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Quentin “Que” Bell!

We are so excited to welcome Que to the 2017 TJFP community grantmaking panel!

Quentin “Que” Bell is a Black Trans activist, entrepreneur, and mentor born and raised in historic Selma, Alabama. Que received his Bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurial Concentration. In the fall, Que, will be attending Auburn University pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration focusing on Non-Profit Management. While at ASU Que found a way to combine his entrepreneurial spirit with his passion for advocacy and founded The Knights & Orchids Society. TKO is a southern centered grassroots startup led by black, queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming people fighting at the intersections of racial and gender justice. Since 2012 Quentin’s goal remains unchanged, to improve the quality of life within the LGBTQ+ community by creating safe spaces that empower, educate, and unite Trans, GNC, & Queer role models of color. Que has dedicated his adult life to actively serving in leadership positions to help advance the fight for LGBTQ equality and inclusion while increasing visibility for Trans men of color.

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Drew Jones!

We are so excited to welcome Drew Jones to the TJFP team!

Drew is a white trans queer parent who started engaging in community advocacy work 15 years ago, starting with founding the first trans youth support group in Dallas. He received his BA in Anthropology with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of North Texas. At Gallaudet University he completed his MA in Deaf Cultural Studies with an award winning ASL based documentary made with a young Black Deaf trans girl about her experiences at her Deaf school in DC (A Brutal Awakening, 2007). After 8 years in DC and Philadelphia, sudden illness brought him back to Texas, where he is focusing on raising his young kids and supporting social justice work and community through Dharma teaching.

Looking forward to your brilliance!

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We’re almost at the $10k mark! 50k by 5/25!

Can we count on you to dream big with us this year?

It’s TJFP’s 5th year and our community grant making fellowship team is finishing up reading ALL 176 applications before arriving in New York to make final decisions by the end of this month.

We’re so close to the $10,000 mark and we still believe that with your help, we can make our $50k by 5/25 goal.

No donation is too big or too small-so even if you can donate $1, it really does make a difference.

Let’s show these groups what support looks like, especially in 2017.  Together, we got this.  Trans justice NOW!

 

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Wriply Bennet!

wriplymariebennetA very warm welcome to TJFP’s second 2017 Community Grantmaking Fellow, Wriply Marie Bennet.

Wriply Marie Bennet is a painter and illustrator, born and raised in Ohio. She uses her art to uplift her sisters in the black lives/ black transgender lives movement. She works in ink, watercolor and other mediums, and her art comes from an untrained perspective. She never aspired to attend college to study art, and there are no degrees to speak of other than a high school diploma. Her art is proudly self-taught. Her organizing work started with the Trans Women of Color Coalition, and she has been an activist since Ferguson, where she was a freedom rider traveling to stand with the family and community of Mike Brown. Wriply’s work expresses the power, strength, and resilience that trans women of color have to persevere, and the grace and beauty of her culture. Her work uplifts the young black trans women we’ve lost and continue to lose every year, and sheds light on the fact that there has been no national outcry. Wriply’s art has been used in countless social justice flyers, and in November will be making its first film debut in MAJOR!, a documentary at the 2015 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Wriply is much more than a visual artist; she’s also a singer/song writer, actor, screenplay writer, story teller, cartoonist, and fashion designer. She continues to work and fight for justice! For art will travel.

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