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Watch this video about Fueling the Frontlines, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s new $20 million global campaign to bolster LGBTQI rights and justice movements.

Check out the video of a talk Astraea participated in, Philanthropy Promotes Gender Justice: A Talk at Flomenhaft Gallery, in May 2012.

On August 10th and 11th, Astraea and a cohort of 10 of our recent grantee partners traveled to Oakland, CA to attend the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training’s (GIFT) Money for our Movements conference. In this video, leaders from Gender Justice LA, GenderJUST, BreakOUT!, and Streetwise and Safe share their thoughts on sustainable fundraising and other takeaways from the conference.

Achebe Powell, a founding mother of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and Miles Goff, Astraea Staff member of 6 years, discover a personal tie through Astraea beyond their roles at the organization.

In April 2011, Astraea celebrated the leadership of Katherine Acey, Executive Director Emerita, and introduced Astraea's new Executive Director, J. Bob Alotta. Now, one year later, we would like to take a moment to look back at the celebration event that marked a new part of Astraea's history.

In May 2011, Astraea staff traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to attend the Changing Faces, Changing Spaces Conference. Among the many activist and leaders we met there, three organizers spoke with us about how Astraea impacts their work. The Changing Faces, Changing Spaces Conference brought together activists from LGBTI and sex worker movements in East Africa, health and legal professionals, human rights organizations and donor partners to talk about challenges and successes in their work and movement-building in East Africa.

In our first video of a series, we ask donors to tell us about why Astraea is important to them and why they support us. Hear from long-time supporter Beth and two younger donors, Victor and Diana, about why they give to Astraea. 
Would you like to share your reasons for supporting Astraea on camera? Let us know! Email Zavé Martohardjono, Media and Communications Officer, at or call 212-529-8021 ext. 826 to be a part of this video series.

Astraea interviewed Charone, a member of the Disability Justice Collective (DJC) at the BOLD Gathering in Minneapolis in December 2011. Charone tells us about the Collective's work to bring organizing around disability to social justice spaces, people of color spaces and queer spaces. The DJC is a newer organization funded by Astraea through the U.S. General Fund. Many LGBT organizations lack an understanding of disability justice, and many disability justice organizations do not operate out of a racial justice framework. The DJC works to remedy that. In 2011, the DJC hosted a Disability Justice National Convening in Detroit and trained a number of LGBT people of color organizations about the intersections of disability with other forms of structural oppression.

Coya, a member of the First Nations Two Spirit Collective, tells us about the Collective's work to bring the issue sovereignty and indigenous identity front and center in the LGBT movement. The First Nations Two Spirit Collective is a newer organization funded by Astraea through the U.S. General Fund. The Collective is comprised of Indigenous peoples who identify as two spirit, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender-non-conforming, queer and allies. Of the 400 Native cultures on Turtle Island (what is now considered North America), over 155 have documented traditions of Two Spirit members. Colonization, genocide and religious persecution have all played a part in making the history of Two Spirit people invisible. Today, Two Spirit teens have the highest suicide rate of all ethic groups. The Collective addresses issues of Two Spirit people through organizing and education and by promoting personal and spiritual sustainability in the larger social justice and LGBTQ movement.