A 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.
“I so appreciate the vision of the Trans Justice Funding Project. The idea that small grassroots organizations finally has someone who hears and understands us…”–TJFP Grantee
TJFP is about investing in trans communities making decisions by and for ourselves. Over the last four years, we’ve received 486 applications, and raised and given away over 315 grants totaling more than $800,000 to trans-led trans justice groups through our community-led process.
Find out if your group is eligible to apply for a grant here and check out TJFP’s directory of trans-led trans justice groups that have applied in the past. There is so much brilliance in our communities and we’re here to help support the growth and sustainability of our trans justice movement. And we understand that the work can take many shapes and often looks different across regions.
We look forward to your application and to learning more about how you define trans justice! Thank you for all that you do to keep our communities safe and thriving.
The 2017 grant application deadline is tomorrow, February 15th, 2017 at midnight Eastern Standard Time.
Give OUT Day is the ONLY national day of giving for the LGBTQ community – a 24-hour online fundraising event that unites the LGBTQ community from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and D.C. to raise critically needed funds. Many of TJFP’s grantees and applicants are participating. Please consider donating to them directly!
Check out the list of groups that are participating in this year’s Give OUT day and make a donation here! If you’d like your donation to support grassroots, trans-led, trans justice–here’s a helpful directory of groups that met TJFP’s criteria.
Thanks to so many of you we are now just $2,800 away from meeting fundraising goal of $25,ooo!
Tomorrow our community funding panel will arrive in New York to meet to give money away. If we meet our goal by midnight tonight, the funding panel will be able to give away $200,000 to grass roots, trans-led, trans justice groups across the country. So this is your last change to give to this year’s fundraising campaign.
It’s a powerful feeling to redistribute money and fund such import work so let’s raise $$$ we’ve never seen before!
There’s no such thing as a donation too small because every $1 matters.
So excited to announce our sixth and final 2016 TJFP panelist, Luce Lincoln.
Luce Capco Lincoln is a trans, non-binary, queer Filipino filmmaker, media educator and organizer committed to using media to fight for social justice. Originally from Gainesville, FL, currently living in Brooklyn, Luce works as Program Director at Global Action Project, where media is used as tool to build leadership, relationships and political power for Trans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Immigrant youth of color in New York City. In addition, over the last decade he has taken hours and hours of video footage of meetings, rallies and actions in attempt to document radical Queer movement history supporting organizations such as Southerners On New Ground and Audre Lorde Project. In his spare time, Luce likes to make documentaries, experience art and dance with friends.
Looking forward to this weekend!
In a little over a month, we’ve made it halfway to our goal of $25,000. We know we can get there, so we’re extending the fundraiser deadline to 5/12/2016–the day before the 2016 TJFP grantmaking panel of activists meet in Brooklyn, NY.
We are very grateful for all the love and support our community has shown for grassroots trans justice! Thank you to those of you who have donated to TJFP’s 2016 grantees!
From $1 to $50,000, there’s no donation too big or too small.Every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees!
Emani Love, 2016 TJFP Panelist
We are thrilled to welcome another amazing addition to the TJFP team, Emani Love!
Emani is a trans justice activist from Detroit, Michigan. She started youth organizing work in 2012 through youth leadership programming at the Ruth Ellis Center. Emani currently does youth organizing and coalition building.
We can’t wait to work with you Emani!
Stephanie Mott, 2016 TJFP Panelist
We’re so honored to have Stephanie Mott join the TJFP 2016 grant making panel!
Stephanie is the Executive Director and President of Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP) and the Founder/Director of the Transgender Faith Tour. She has been a columnist for Liberty Press and lgbtSr, and a volunteer blogger for Huffington Post. She has published more than 100 articles about being transgender. As the executive director of K-STEP, she has provided nearly 400 workshops and presentations related to gender identity in venues from college classes to mental health centers to jails and prisons. She is currently serving as the community liaison for transgender inmates with the Shawnee County (Kansas) Jail.
Stephanie is also currently serving as the state vice-chair of Equality Kansas. In addition, she is a board member of the Topeka Human Relations Commission, the Topeka Chief of Police Advisory Board, Topeka Pride, and Capital City Equality Center, as well as serving on the advisory board for the Beacon Youth Group. Her awards include the Pioneer Woman from the University of Kansas Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, the Kansas Stonewall Marsha P. Johnson Award for Exceptional Activism, and the Donna Love Award for Outstanding Social Work Student from Washburn University.
We can barely contain our excitement!
Fabian Romero, 2016 TJFP Panelist
A very warm welcome to TJFP’s third 2016 panelist, Fabian Romero.
Fabian is a Queer Indigenous writer, performance artist and activist. They co-founded and participated in several writing and performance groups including Hijas de Su Madre, Las Mamalogues and Mixed Messages: Stories by People of Color. Their sincere writing stems from their intersections of privileges and marginalizations. You can read their work in several zines and publications including Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity, Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of our Lives and in Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices. Fabian was born in Michoacán, Mexico and came to North America when they were seven years old. Since 2007 they have performed and facilitated workshops throughout North America. They have a BA with a focus in Social Justice Writing and Education and will be pursuing a higher ed degree, TBD. Find more of their work at fabianromero.com.
Looking forward to your brilliance Fabian!