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Just Two More Weeks to Raise 23k For Trans Justice!

Gabriel and Makaren's 2016 Fundraiser

With just two weeks left to donate to this year’s fundraising campaign, we hope you’ll join us in supporting some of the most passionate and visionary, grassroots, trans-led groups across the country! No donation is too small to make a significant change!

TJFP is feeling lots of love for all of you who have already helped us raise $3,146! 

Can you help us reach our goal of $25,000 by April 29th?  

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Introducing 2016 Panelist, Fabian Romero!

Fabian Romero, 2016 TJFP Panelist

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!

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Introducing 2016 TJFP Panelist, Elle Hearns!

We can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be joined by Elle Hearns!

Elle Hearns, 2016 TJFP Panelist

Elle Hearns, 2016 TJFP Panelist

Elle is a revolutionary organizer, freedom fighter and strategy expert. Elle has spent a lifetime committed to ensuring marginalized voices are centered and reflected in today’s society. Elle is a highly noted public speaker, facilitator, trainer and writer. She’s well known for her work in mobilizing communities, rapid response, and campaign development. As an organizer Elle spearheaded notable grassroots efforts such as Trans Liberation Tuesday,and digital campaigns More Than Marriage, and Raise the Debate. She also served as a lead organizer of The Movement for Black Lives convening. Elle currently is a organizing coordinator for  Black Lives Matter where she’s been a strategic partner since its organizational inception. She previously served as the Central Region Coordinator for the grassroots organization GetEQUAL and is the former creative director for TWOCC (Trans Women of Color Collective). Elle’s experience has influenced the ways in which social justice movements are perceived today. Elle’s writings have been featured in TruthOut, Huffington Post, and Ebony. Her remarkable work has been chronicled by several publications including Time, CNN, MTV, The New York Times, Alternet, Democracy Now, The Daily Dot,Jet magazine, Fusion, Essence Magazine, Telesur English and The Washington Post. Elle hails from Columbus, OH and currently lives in Washington D.C.

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TJFP at Creating Change in Chicago!

Any chance you’re at Creating Change in Chicago, Illinois?

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2015 TJFP Grantee TSTAR from Louisville, KY

If you are, TJFP will be speaking today, Thursday, January 21 at 3:15 PM to brainstorm and skill share how we have survived and how we can thrive within and outside the system at Power On: Building Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Economic Justice.

And later today find us at the Trans Justice Funding Project table to pick up our hot-off-the-press 2015 report!  It’s beautiful and packed with so much information that we just know you won’t want to miss out on! Come say hi! #cc16 #transjustice

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A Sneak Peak!

TJFP 2015 Report Cover

Graphic design and cover art by Micah Bazant, micahbazant.com

We’re so ready to release our 2015 annual report into the world!

We can’t one minute more to share information about our fabulous  grantees, updates about our unique model, the directory (2013-2015), moving articles, infographics and more.

So please stay with us!  The report is on the way.

And if you’ll be at this year’s Creating Change Conference January 201th-24th in Chicago, Illinois, please stop by our table to say hi and get your very own copy.

 

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It’s Not Your Last Chance!

unnamedOk, ok… while today is your last chance to make a tax-deductible gift in 2015 , it isn’t your last chance to support TJFP!

Because many grassroots groups are not 501c3s and don’t have fiscal sponsors, we have a innovative model to support these groups simply and directly. We think this model is an exciting opportunity to support grassroots organizing and that means you can still make donations to support the 2016 cycle until May.

In 2015 TJFP recieved over 140 applications.  Our community grantmaking panel of trans and gender non conforming activist carefully read over each application, distributing $192,500 amongst 85 grantees.   Just think of what we could do with your help in the coming year!  No amount too small!

Wishing us all a new year full of love and liberation.  Love, TJFP

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Sustaining trans justice through art!

IMG_7577 - Version 2Just as we believe there is no one way to do trans justice, we also believe there is no one way to volunteer or donate!

Over the past few years artist and activist Roan Boucher has donated 50% of all proceeds from his Queers Demand prints to the Trans Justice Funding Project!

In addition to being a fabulous ongoing TJFP sustainer, Roan is also the designer of our logo.

Here’s more about Roan and why he supports TJFP and trans justice.

Name: Roan Boucher

What Pronoun(s) do you prefer: he/him/his

Where do you live: Dripping Springs, TX

How are you involved with the Trans Justice Funding Project?
I think a lot about funding and fundraising and general ways that money is shared and leveraged and used and talked about within movements, and I get excited about projects like TJFP that are committed to doing these things in smart accountable ways. I heard about TJFP when it was first getting off the ground and I was really excited about the vision, so when I made these posters about queer social justice it felt like a really good opportunity to support TJFP by donating some profits from the posters. So far they’ve raised over $1,800 for TJFP, and I’ve been able to donate consistently over time as orders come in, which is awesome. (Also I got to design TJFP’s logo!)

Why is trans justice work or funding trans justice work important to you?
The work that TJFP’s grantees do is so important, particularly because it is work that addresses a wide spectrum of the issues that impact trans people. So often it is only a few specific issues that are seen as “relevant” to trans people, but really trans people and communities are affected in particular ways by all the systems that distribute resources and manage how people function in the world. Trans people so rarely get a voice in the systems that affect us, so it’s really important to support organizations that are led by trans folks and focus on the issues that we identify as most important in our lives. Plus, so many of the kinds of things that often make life hard for trans people – like not being able to get proper IDs, being profiled by police, having difficulty finding jobs and housing because of prejudice, having kids taken away – all these are things that make life hard for lots of targeted communities in different ways. I think that often, through doing trans justice organizing, the groups that TJFP funds are exposing these systems as violent and unfair across the board, and working to make changes that will benefit not only trans people but all people.

Do you have any hopes or wishes for TJFP for the next few years?
To keep gathering momentum and raising money and building connections between and awareness of organizations doing awesome work! So many of the groups TJFP funds are small, grassroots groups doing incredibly important work in their communities and not always getting a lot of attention or support outside their communities. TJFP fills a really important role not just of raising money but also building political analysis/awareness around trans justice and what it looks like on the ground. I want to see this work continue, and build momentum and support around forms of trans and queer organizing based in social justice rather than the mainstream marriage/military/capitalist assimilation kinds of goals that currently get tons of funding and attention!

If you see yourself as an ally to trans justice work, how do you see your role as an ally and/or do you have anything to say to other allies?
I think we all are hopefully allies to each other, right? I identify as trans, but various kinds of privilege buffer me from a lot of the forms of transphobia that TJFP’s grantees are working to end. I think being an ally means seeing all of our liberation as bound up together – that we can’t truly win justice for some trans people without winning justice for all trans people. That’s why I’m so excited by trans organizing that centers racial and economic justice, and organizes around justice for trans people in places like prisons, welfare systems, the immigration system – places that are sites of a lot of intersecting forms of violence. I think that the best way to build justice and safety for all trans people is to center the people who are facing the worst forms of transphobia and start there. photo (36)

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not volunteering at TJFP?
I work with my amazing and dreamy facilitation worker co-op, AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance). I parent a pretty amazing 11-month-old baby.  I recently moved home to Texas and am busy building home and family and community in the hill country outside of Austin. I work from a distance with POOR Magazine in the Bay Area, helping support them in building the Homefulness project, which is a housing and organizing and media-creating and community-building space by and for poor people. I make art. I do a lot of nerdy kitchen fermentation projects and generally like to cook things and grow things and do many projects of all sorts.
Thank you Roan for inspiring and moving us with your artwork and support.  We heart you!

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Announcing the 2015 TJFP Grantees!

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The 2015 TJFP grantmaking team and TJFP staff

It really happened!

Congratulations to everyone who applied and to this years grantees!

Even though we weren’t able to fund all of the incredible trans justice groups who applied, we’re ecstatic that we were able to distribute $200,000 amongst 87 groups!

Every year we continue to grow thanks to tremendous community support.   We are always amazed by you and always extremely grateful.

Please stay tuned to view all 2015 applicants who met our criteria. Whether groups received a grant or not, their work is equally important and will be added to our directory.  It’s about supporting AND mapping trans justice!

Finally, a very special thank you to our community grantmaking panel (and team) who read each and every application and put so much love into the entire grant making process.  Ruby, Trudie, M’Bwende, Mel, Colin, Marin, Nico, Andrea and Rebecca, you were one brilliant and hardworking crew.  What a pleasure it was to work with you.

And now, the grantees…

Arizona

$5000  Arcoíris Liberation Team, Phoenix, AZ

$2500  Arizona Queer and Undocumented Immigrant Project,  Phoenix, AZ

$5000  Mariposas Sin Fronteras (Butterflies Without Borders),  Tucson, AZ

$1000  Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson, AZ

 

Arkansas 

$2500  Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, Little Rock, AR

 

California 

$1000 Criminal Queers Film, San Francisco, CA

$5000  Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles, CA

$2500  Immigrant Youth Coalition, Los Angeles, CA

$2500  MAJOR! A New Documentary Film, San Francisco, CA

$1000  S.G. Reichen Trans Assistance Fund, San Diego, CA

$1000  San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

$5000  T-FFED: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders, Los Angeles, CA

$1000  Trans Lifeline, San Francisco, CA

$1000  Trans Student Educational Resources, Claremont, CA

$1000  Trans Worker Center, Long Beach, CA

$5000  Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), San Francisco, CA

$1000  The Altar: Ki’tay Lives, Los Angeles, CA

 

Colorado 

$1000  Boulder Pride/Out Boulder, Boulder, CO

$1000  Colorado Springs Queer Collective, Parker, CO

 

Washington DC

$1000  OTHER (Organization for Transgender Health & Employment Resources), Washington, DC

 

Florida

$2500  Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach, FL

 

Georgia

$2500  JustUsATL, Atlanta, GA

$5000  LaGender Inc., East Point, GA

$2500  Trans(forming), East Point, GA

$1000  Unheard Voices, Roswell, GA

 

Illinois 

$1000  GenderNexus, Inc., Pendleton, IN

$2500  Invisible to Invincible API Pride of Chicago, Chicago, IL

$1000  RAD Remedy, Chicago, IL

$2500  Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago, IL

 

Kentucky 

$1000  TSTAR, Louisville, KY

 

Louisiana

$2500  New Legacy Ministries, New Orleans, LA

 

Maryland 

$5000  Sistas of the “t”, Baltimore, MD
$2500  Trans Women of Color Coalition, Baltimore, MD

 

Maine

$1000  Maine Transgender Network, Kennebunkport, ME

 

Minneapolis

$1000  20% Theatre Company Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

 

Michigan 

$2500  Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit, MI

$1000  Trans* Leadership Project, Okemos, MI

 

Missouri

$2500  Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St Louis, MO

$5000  The Sisterhood (Missouri GSA Network), St Louis, MO

Mississippi

$1000  Bois of the Sippi, Corinth, MS

 

Montana 

$2500  Gender Expansion Project, Missoula, MT

$5000  Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula, MT

 

North Carolina

$5000  HendFact Henderson (Henderson Fuerza Activa), Henderson, NC

$1000  Transformers, Asheville, NC

$1000  Tranzmission, Asheville, NC

 

New Mexico

$5000  Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

 

Nevada 

$2500  Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
$1000  Transgender Allies Group, Reno, NV

 

New York 

$2500  Black Trans Media, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Community Kinship Life (CK Life), Bronx, NY

$5000  Translatina Network, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Destination Tomorrow, Bronx, NY

$1000  New York City Trans Oral History Project, New York, NY

$1000  DOPE Collective/TRANSgressions, Buffalo, NY

$5000  Jay’s House, Brooklyn, NY

$5000  Lorena Borjas Community Fund, Jackson Heights, NY

$5000  Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Brooklyn, NY

$2500  Star People Film, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Third Root Education Exchange, Brooklyn, NY

$1000  Trans in Action, New York, NY

 

Ohio

$1000  Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati, OH

$1000  Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH

$1000  TransOhio, Inc., Columbus, OH

 

Oregon 

$1000  The Bridgewalkers Committee, Portland, OR

$1000  TransActive Gender Center, Portland, OR

$1000  Lower Columbia Gender Alliance, Astoria, OR

$1000  NW Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp (TWAC), Portland, OR

$5000  Trans Health PDX, Portland, OR

 

Pennsylvania 

$1000  Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Lehigh Valley, PA

$2500  Garden of Peace Project, Homestead, PA

 

Rhode Island 

$1000  TGI Network of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

 

South Carolina 

$2500  We Are Family’s Trans* Love Fund, Charleston, SC

 

Tennessee 

$5000  Tennessee Trans Journey Project, Nashville, TN

 

Texas 

$5000  Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas, TX

$1000  Transgender Education Network of Texas, College Station, TX

$2500  allgo, Austin, TX

$2500  Black Transmen Inc, Dallas, TX

$5000  Cicada Collective, Lewisville, TX

$1000  Gender Infinity, Houston, TX

$1000  Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic – Houston, Houston, TX

 

Utah 

$1000  Outreach Resource Centers, Ogden, UT
$1000  Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
$2500  TransAction Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Vermont 

$1000  Green Mountain Crossroads, Brattleboro, VT
$1000  Trans*farming VT, Burlington, VT

 

Washington 

$1000  Trans Advocacy Group Olympia, Olympia, WA

 

Wisconsin 

$1000  WI Trans Health, Madison, WI

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From the Ground to the Sky… WE DID IT!

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You made it happen with us!

It happened!  It really happened!

Last night we met our April Fundraising Campaign goal, raising just a little over $15,000.

Do you know what that means?

Because of you, TJFP donors and supporters, this weekend our community grantmaking panel will be able to move $200,000 directly to grassroots, trans-led, trans justice groups and organizations.

I repeat, this happened because of you! Thank you for believing in us for another year.

TJFP has the very BEST community and we love you everyday for it. We hope you feel as proud of all of this as we do.

Please stay tuned for pictures and updates and we roll up our sleeves to do some grantmaking.

It feels so good to be building trans justice with you, from the ground to the sky!

 

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Don’t Stop Believing! Just $1,014 to go!

Amazing!  People are really amazing!

A huge thank you to everyone who’s already donated, reposted or tweeted about our April Fundraising Campaign.

What you can’t see from the counter on our fundraising page (because it only reflects paypal donations) is that we are now just $1,014 away from raising $15,000 in one month!

We’re on the edge of our seats with our fingers crossed that by midnight tonight we’ll have met our goal.  If you have been thinking about making a donation of $1, $5, $50 or more to support trans led, grassroots, trans justice groups and organizations around the country… here’s your chance!

Keep believing with us!

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