Iranti-Org

Iranti-Org formed in 2012 to help local and regional lesbian, trans, intersex and gender non-conforming (LTIGNC) movements in South Africa and across the continent use media as a platform for mobilization and shifting public dialogue.

Iranti-Org formed in 2012 to help local and regional lesbian, trans, intersex and gender non-conforming (LTIGNC) movements in South Africa and across the continent use media as a platform for mobilization and shifting public dialogue. They support organizations to document human rights violations and produce evidence-based materials, and they also support cultural production to change attitudes about sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Iranti-Org does this work to address the poor media capacity of LTIGNC groups, most of which don’t have media and documentation equipment or training in how to work with media; digital security is also a pressing need. In an exciting development, they recently launched an LBTIGNC Media Makers Network that supports activists across Southern Africa to produce their own media. In South Africa, Iranti-Org’s own media production and reporting plays a key role in strengthening the national LGBTQ movement. In collaboration with LGBTQ community groups across the country, they investigate hate crimes, use their reporting to hold the state accountable for addressing violence, and document LGBTQ mobilization.

Green Mountain Crossroads Inc

Green Mountain Crossroads (GMC) connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power through social events, support groups, political education workshops and study groups, and multi-media projects.

Green Mountain Crossroads (GMC) connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power through social events, support groups, political education workshops and study groups, and multi-media projects. Our work is guided by these values: Rural can be Queer, Intersections, Celebrating Resistance, Connections, Anti-racism, and Joy. We envision a resilient community of communities that works toward the transformation of our economic, social, and political relationships. GMC lifts up and centers the voices and experiences of rural LGBTQ people at popular events like Played Out! LGBTQ Game Night, Trans Day of Remembrance & Resistance, Earth Gay, Out in the Open Summit for rural & small town LGBTQ folks, and Friday Night Group for LGBTQ youth. We deepen our understanding of the power of rural LGBTQ people through longer and broader projects like our rural LGBTQ racial justice study group and rural LGBTQ oral history project, currently documenting the story of Andrew’s Inn, a gay bar in nearby Bellows Falls Vermont from 1973-1985. We believe that collective liberation for all people is possible and that building the power of rural LGBTQ people across issues, identities, and generations, is critical in the movement toward justice.

The LGBTQ* Youth Kickback

LGBTQ* Youth Kickback builds youth leaders within a queer popular education framework.

The People’s Arts Collective of New Haven (PAC) is a community of artists, educators and organizers whose mission is to animate and advance social, racial, economic, environmental, and cultural justice in New Haven through art-making and art-making-processes. They particularly encourage the creative agency of women, queer-identifying folks, people of color, and youth. People’s Arts Collective is composed of three distinct organizations that share a guiding mission, a community organizing model, and frequently team up on specific initiatives. Free Artists engage the community through art; Free Skool draws educators and learners from all over New Haven to teach and share for free; LGBTQ* Youth Kickback builds youth leaders within a queer popular education framework.  Activists within PAC are working towards a more inclusive, intersectional, and creative city. They want New Haven to prioritize youth voices and to center the needs and ideas of the community, particularly as expressed through the perspectives of historically marginalized populations.

This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.

Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)

For the past nearly fifteen years, PrYSM has provided Southeast Asian youth with the tools they need to design and run campaigns aimed at shifting oppressive systems through concrete policy change.

For the past nearly fifteen years, PrYSM has provided Southeast Asian youth with the tools they need to design and run campaigns aimed at shifting oppressive systems through concrete policy change. PrYSM’s works towards addressing the school to prison to deportation pipeline that affects the community not just in Providence, but nationwide. Youth at PrYSM strive to become leaders, organizers, and critical thinkers, by offering educational workshops, leadership opportunities, mentorship, and oversight of youth-led community organizing projects. Though campaign goals have shifted over the years to reflect the changing needs of their base, they continue to fight the criminalization of Southeast Asian community and honor their refugee roots. Queer and Trans (QT) Thursdays, a new PrYSM program that builds on their history of having queer and trans programming at the heart of the organization, takes place weekly. QT Thursdays are a social and political organizing space open to people of color under 25 years old who identify as trans, queer and/ or gender-queer. The program has expanded PrYSM’s community and brought new skills and energy into the organization. PrYSM aims to achieve its goals through a focus on love, family, roots and movement building.

This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.

Point of View

Point of View is a 20-year-strong feminist media advocacy organization based in Mumbai, working to amplify women’s voices and remove barriers to voice, speech and expression.

Point of View is a 20-year-strong feminist media advocacy organization based in Mumbai, working to amplify women’s voices and remove barriers to voice, speech and expression. Starting from the premise that ideas change lives, Point of View exists to change ideas and norms around gender and sexuality, to create a world in which people of all genders and sexualities have rights and freedoms that are recognized, protected and exercised. In recent years, they have also expanded work in the area of feminist capacity building and rights assertion in digital arenas, integrating gender and sexuality with efforts to protect freedom of expression, sexual expression, internet democracy and protection from surveillance.

Kisumu Peer Educators (KISPED)

Kisumu Peer Educators (KISPED) was formed in 2006 by young LGBTIQ artists and activists who wanted to create an affirming platform for LGBTIQ communities to come together, support each other, and freely express themselves.

Kisumu Peer Educators (KISPED) was formed in 2006 by young LGBTIQ artists and activists who wanted to create an affirming platform for LGBTIQ communities to come together, support each other, and freely express themselves. They use community building/peer education, theater, and other cultural organizing strategies to reduce anti-LGBTIQ stigma and discrimination, both targeting internalized stigma found amongst LGBTIQ young people and also outward facing to target community policy makers, religious leaders, service providers and the public at large.

Queer the Land

Queer the Land is a collaborative project based on a partnership between the Queer and Trans Pan-African Exchange (QTPAX) and Building Autonomy and Safety for Everyone (BASE), grounded in the self-determination of queer and trans people of color and the vision of collectively owning our land and labor.

Queer the Land is a collaborative project based on a partnership between the Queer and Trans Pan-African Exchange (QTPAX) and Building Autonomy and Safety for Everyone (BASE), grounded in the self-determination of queer and trans people of color and the vision of collectively owning our land and labor. Queer the Land is working to establish a cooperative network and build a solidarity economy that is anchored by a community space and transitional housing which prioritizes the needs of QTPOC in their communities.

This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.

Black Trans Media

Black Trans Media is a community-driven black trans-led organization based out of Brooklyn, NY, existing to shift and reframe the value and worth of all black trans peoples by addressing the intersections of racism and transphobia.

Black Trans Media is a community-driven black trans-led organization based out of Brooklyn, NY, existing to shift and reframe the value and worth of all black trans peoples by addressing the intersections of racism and transphobia. Black Trans Media is centered in the power of media, arts and storytelling to support leadership, organizing and reflect narratives of resistance that are culturally black and trans.

This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.

Peacock Rebellion

Peacock Rebellion uses comedy and storytelling to examine structural violence and to heal QTPOC communities from the trauma of experiencing multiple forms of oppression throughout their lives.

Photo: Lexi Adsit at Peacock Rebellion’s Brouhaha: Transgender People of Color Comedy Festival, June 2017

Peacock Rebellion uses comedy and storytelling to examine structural violence and to heal QTPOC communities from the trauma of experiencing multiple forms of oppression throughout their lives. They connect queer and trans communities of color across racial lines to build collective power for QTPOC liberation.

This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.

Kohl: a journal for Body and Gender Research

Kohl is a progressive, feminist journal on gender and sexuality based in Lebanon and covering the whole MENA region (Middle East, South West Asia, and North Africa).

Kohl is a progressive, feminist journal on gender and sexuality based in Lebanon and covering the whole MENA region (Middle East, South West Asia, and North Africa). It was formed in December 2014 as a queer feminist initiative and since then operates as an alternative feminist platform that sheds light on queer and feminist histories in the region aiming to challenge the hegemony of knowledge production and counter Orientalist and neocolonial narratives by ensuring that young feminist scholars and activists in the region play a central role in shaping knowledge about themselves. Kohl is a multilingual online journal published twice a year in English, French, and Arabic with different types of articles, including research, testimonies, opinion pieces, commentaries, reviews, literary pieces, conversations, interviews, and soon visual and audiovisual materials. The editorial team works closely with the contributors in the scopes of a mentorship system or a back and forth collaborative editing process with different contributors. In these two years of existence, Kohl has attracted a lot of international attention and has become a point of reference for many activists and scholars alike, from the region or globally, who are looking for knowledge on feminism, gender, and sexuality from MENA.