Fueling the Frontlines

Los Angeles, California • May 25, 2017

Honoring Frontline Activists and Cultural Changemakers

Patrisse Cullors, Jennicet Gutiérrez, Jorge Ramos and Paola Ramos, Bruce Cohen

2017 Los Angeles
Fueling the Frontlines

The Astraea Foundation and our Host Committee invite you to a powerful night of art, film, music, cocktails, food, and friends as we honor the frontline LGBTQI activists and cultural changemakers who are leading the new era of resistance.

Together we will celebrate these leaders whose commitment, passion, and work inspire others and meaningfully advance LGBTQI justice in our communities and around the world. Funds raised from this event will support Astraea’s mission to provide critical resources to grassroots activists and organizations across the globe.

6121 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Why Fuel the Frontlines?

Countries retain laws that are used to criminalize people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gay and transgender youth are arrested or detained each year in the U.S.; more than 60 percent of these youth are black or Latino.
Hate crimes based on sexual-orientation bias were reported in America in 2012.
% of foundation dollars goes to LGBT causes and organizations.

For nearly 40 years, the Astraea Foundation has been supporting activism and action in areas where the need for resources is greatest; in fact, Astraea’s support often represents the first major infusion of funding for a vast majority of grantee partners. We prioritize the leadership of LGBTQI women, people of color, trans* people, intersex individuals, and youth, believing that the people most frequently marginalized are often best positioned to inform and lead.

Our supporters are individuals, institutions, government agencies, donor alliances, and private sector companies committed to achieving justice, respect, and equality for everyone. We invite you to join us in this work.

Celebrating the leaders, activists, and community organizers who make our movement stronger.

2017 Honorees

Stay tuned for announcements about additional honorees!

Patrisse CullorsOrganizer and Co-founder of Black Lives Matter & Executive Director of Dignity and Power Now

Jennicet GutiérrezActivist and Transgender Latina Organizer at Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

Jorge RamosAnchorman for Univision News

Paola RamosPolitical Strategist & former Deputy Director of Hispanic Media for Hillary for America

Bruce CohenAcademy-Award-Winning Producer of American Beauty and Executive Producer of When We Rise

Performing Artists

Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower the Opera: A Concert Event

Fierce and uncompromising…a shower of retro funk, urban blues, and folk…to hear her is to believe


Levi Strauss Foundation Blue-Jaguar black wolf leather Everybody Good Girl Dinette health-happens-here Levi Strauss Foundation Naomi Sobel & Rabbi Becky Silverstein nickelodeon pericoffee siennanaturals titos

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Host Committee

Alice Y. Hom, co-chair

Mónica Taher, co-chair


Lynn Harris Ballen

Casey Bloys

Kelly Bush

Ilene Chaiken

Ryan Li Dahlstrom

Maria De La Cruz and Shawn Hogedorn

Melissa Etheridge

dream hampton

Jamison Hebert

Seana Johnson

Moez Kaba and Bjorn Lundberg

Mahdis Keshavarz

Isis King

Eric Kranzler

Robin Coste Lewis

Alec Mapa

Ellen Page

Paulette Pantoja

Katina Parker

Leanne Pittsford

Jenny Pizer

Alan Poul

Katrina Schaffer

Maria Shtabskaya

Mitchell Singer

Naomi Sobel and
Rabbi Becky Silverstein


A. Sparks

Chip Sullivan

Tristan Taormino

Marquita Thomas

Jacob Tobia

Melanie Torbert

Christine Vachon

Linda Wallem

Doreena Wong

About Astraea

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization focused on advancing LGBTQI human rights around the globe. For 40 years, we have supported a global network of LGBTQI activists, artists, and organizers working to advance gender, racial, economic, and social justice.

Astraea is a multi-gendered, multi-racial, multi-identity organization that grew from a lesbian feminist vision. We are committed to securing rights for all and upholding strong values such as self-determination, community empowerment, movement building, and connection across issues and generations.

Tickets to Fueling the Frontlines begin at $250, however $100 Next Generation tickets for those who are 35 years old and younger are available. Opportunities to sponsor a ticket for activists who would not be able to attend without your support are also available. For more information, contact Loran Hamilton, at 646.416.4083 or lhwarner@astraeafoundation.org.

To purchase tickets online, visit: astraea.org/ftf2017.

Tickets and Sponsorship

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, click here.
To purchase sponsorships or tickets online, use the button below.

Past Honorees


LGBTQ Women of the Obama Administration

Ruby CoradoFounder of Casa Ruby

Jean Hardisty

Elyse D. Cherry

Daunasia Yancey

Vernita Gray

Tracy Baim

Julio Rodriguez

It’s fair to say that Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is quite literally putting a new face on philanthropy.

Kenrya Rankin Naasel, Fast Company
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