Who We Are

The Astraea Story

In 1977, a small group of indomitable women gathered around the kitchen table and said “if there’s going to be a women’s movement which prioritizes the needs of lesbians and women of color we’re going to have to fund it ourselves” and so that’s what they did.

Astraea is a leading multi-gendered, multi-racial organization that supports the leadership of lesbians, trans* folks, youth, and people of color. Today, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only public foundation that funds LGBTQI activism in the U.S. and around the world. This video is a reflection of nearly 40 years of movement building.

THANK YOU to all the people who featured in this video, who work passionately and tirelessly to create a better world for LGBTQI folks everywhere. Specifically, we'd like to thank those who featured in stories and interviews (in order of appearance):

Daniel Lee, Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation and Astraea Donor, U.S.
Caitlin Breedlove, Co-Founder, Southerners On New Ground (SONG), U.S.
Mandy Carter, Co-Founder, Southerners On New Ground (SONG), US
Limpopo Proudly Out, South Africa limpopolgbtiproudlyout.co.za
Colectivo No Tengo Miedo, Peru notengomiedo.pe

Featuring photos and videos from:
Iranti-org, South Africa - iranti-org.co.za
Black Transmen Inc., U.S - blacktrans.org
TransJustice, part of the Audre Lorde Project, U.S. - alp.org/TransJustice
Intersex Ísland, Iceland - intersex.samtokin78.is
Forum for the Empowerment of Women, South Africa
Women Coalition of Hong Kong, Hong Kong - wchk.org/tc
Oii-Chinese, Taiwan - oii.tw
Southerners On New Ground (SONG), U.S - southernersonnewground.org
Limpopo LGBTI Proudly Out, South Africa - limpopolgbtiproudlyout.co.za
Colectivo No Tengo Miedo, Peru - notengomiedo.pe
Toshi Reagon, U.S - wordrocksword.com
Mujeres al Borde, Colombia - mujeresalborde.org
Batucada Feminista La Tremenda Revoltosa, Colombia

Also pictured:
Trangender Resource Center, Hong Kong
Buried Seeds of Resistance, US - Jessie Hernandez action at Creating Change 2015
Not1More Deportation, US
Climbing Poetree - Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, US
Staceyann Chin
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, US
AWID Forum, 2012 - March for Women's Rights, Istanbul

Video production and editing by Linton Media
Additional videography by Katina Parker