Portland Outright–Portland, Maine

Outright supports underserved members of the LGBTQ+ youth community through weekly member meetings, ongoing mentorship, social events, and training, as well as intentional support to youth navigating systems — such as the juvenile justice system, foster care, homelessness and mental health services

TJFP in Providence, Rhode Island

TJFP is exploring the Northeast and one of the first stops was Providence, Rhode Island to hear about the trans organizing in this area

The Knights & Orchids Society–Selma, AL

The Knights & Orchids Society (TKO) is a southern centered grassroots organization led by black, queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming people supporting gender justice and LGBTQ visibility.

TKO strives to build the power of the TLBG community for African Americans throughout rural areas of Alabama’s Blackbelt region, to obtain their dream of justice and equality through group economics, education, leadership development, and organizing cultural work.

Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC)–Nashville, TN

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition is an organization designed to educate and advocate on behalf of transgender related legislation at the Federal, State, and local levels. The Coalition is dedicated to raising public awareness and building alliances with other organizations concerned with equal rights legislation.

From the Ground to the Sky: Alabama

TJFP found our way to Alabama the birthplace of the civil rights movement in this country and sat down with powerful trans leaders sharing about their local community.

TJFP in Tennessee and Mississippi!

TJFP went out on their From the Ground to the Sky Tour and drove around Tennessee and Mississippi and had the pleasure of talking with Southern activists and organizers in their hometowns.

Montana Two Spirit Society–Missoula, MT

The Montana Two Spirit Society formed in 1996 through a joint effort by Pride Inc. (Montana’s LGBT advocacy organization) and the Montana Gay Men’s Task Force to conduct an annual two spirit gathering. Over the years, the gathering has grown from a handful of participants to nearly 100 attendees from all over.

TransAction South Dakota–Sioux Falls, SD

TransAction South Dakota is to educate, raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of transgender people living in South Dakota. They strive to empower transgender people to share their stories, to promote equal rights for transgender people.

Queer Trans Pueblo–Phoenix, AZ

Queer Trans Pueblo is a trans and queer migrant community organizing for our collective liberation in and out of detention. Thank you for your work towards justice!

Renae Gray, Trans Activist and Organizer–Gallup, New Mexico

While in Albuquerque we had the pleasure of sitting down with former grantees, the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. We enjoyed a sweet community dinner with local activists, TJFP friends and family. And of course we had to make a stop at the Albuquerque staple, Frontier Restaurant.

After saying our goodbyes, we set our GPS for Gallup, New Mexico to meet with local Navajo advocate and activist, Renae Grey. We sat outside in sunny downtown Gallup and listened as Renae spoke of her experience working as an advocate for other Native transgender people and what it’s like to organize in a small town.

Trans Justice Funding Project in Utah

In Utah, our final stop on this leg of TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky tour, we found ourselves surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains and stories

Trans Justice Funding Project in Arizona

We are so grateful to have spent such a lovely time in Arizona with brilliant community activists working towards trans justice. We met with TJFP grantee’s, the Arcoíris Liberation Team and the Arizona Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, and spent time with Trudie Jackson, a former TJFP community grant making panelist. Our brief time in the “Valley of the Sun” couldn’t have been better!

TJFP’s commitment to funding grassroots community work for and by trans and gender non-conforming people is unparalleled. In a movement that so often reduces us to talking points, TJFP takes an alternative, more dignified approach by investing in the dynamic leadership of TGNC communities. In a political climate of escalating violence and discrimination against TGNC people, resourcing local community organizing is absolutely essential.

Alok Vaid-Menon

Writer, artist and media personality, donor and long time supporter