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Fueling the Frontlines Awards 2018 // Astraea Foundation

Fueling the Frontlines

Los Angeles, California • November 8, 2018

Honoring Frontline Activists and Cultural Changemakers

2018 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 at our Fueling the Frontlines Awards. The Awards are an opportunity to raise critical funds for grassroots organizers on the forefront of LGBTQI advocacy and activism. This time calls us to not only diligently resist, but to commit to our deepest political and social imaginations. To connect beyond our borders. To lean into each other and into our joy. Galvanize! Celebrate! Join us!


NeueHouse Hollywood
6121 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Cocktail Reception: 6:30pm
Awards Presentation & Hors d'oeuvres: 7:30pm
After Party: 9:30pm - 12:00am

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 40 years, the Astraea Foundation has been supporting activism and action in areas where the need for resources is greatest. We prioritize 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.

We invite you to join us in this work.

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

2018 Honorees

Jeanne Córdova Author, Activist & Publisher

Malkia A. Cyril Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice and Co-Founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network

Alicia Garza Organizer and Co-founder of Black Lives Matter

Chani Nicholas Writer, Social Justice Commentator & Astrologer

Performing Artists

This year's gala will feature a special performance from iconic R&B singer, Joi! Find out more about Joi and her career here.


Our Fueling the Frontlines Awards After Party will celebrate grassroots LGBTQI activism and create a space where we can lean into each other and our joy in the face of this political moment. The event will feature a special DJ set with bongos from Madame Gandhi, as well as tunes from  DJ Lynnée Denise. Don't miss it!



Change requires action. Either you sit by idly and let the world stay the same as it passes you by, or you get up and make your mark.

Iconic R&B singer Joi



Presenting Sponsor


Amplify Sponsor

Funding Queerly

Comrade Sponsor

Dyke Day LA Dyke Day LA Equality California Familia TQLM Lez Do Brunch Liberty Hill Pleasure Chest Women's Foundation California

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Host Committee

Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Co-Chair
Mahdis Keshavarz, Co-Chair
  Lynn Ballen
Kevin Chase
John Heilman
Alice Y. Hom
Jenny Pizer & Doreena Wong
Jorge Ramos
Paola Ramos
Jen Richards
Julia Salazar & Margaret Tarmy
Mitchell Singer
A. Sparks
Valerie Stadler
Marquita Thomas
Jacob Tobia
Funding Queerly

Interested in joining the host committee? Contact our Development Officer of Special Events, Sally Troncoso, at stroncoso@astraeafoundation.org.

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. For more information, contact Sally Troncoso at 212.810.4155 or stroncoso@astraeafoundation.org.

To purchase tickets online, visit: astraea.org/ftf2018.

Tickets and Sponsorship

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

Past Honorees

Patrisse Cullors

Jennicet Gutiérrez

Jorge Ramos

Paola Ramos

Bruce Cohen

More Past Honorees

LGBTQ Women of the Obama Administration

LGBTQ Women of the Obama Administration

Ruby Corado

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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