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.
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!
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!
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!
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!