2015 Fueling the Frontlines Awards


Honoring Elyse D. Cherry and Daunasia Yancey
and celebrating the life and legacy of Jean Hardisty.

With special musical guests, Climbing PoeTree

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities available online here!

The Fueling the Frontlines Awards celebrate local leaders whose commitment, passion and work inspire others and meaningfully advance LGBTQI justice in our communities.

Performing on the night will be award-winning, genre-bending musical artists Climbing PoeTree, whose work has been described by Professor Angela Davis as “urgent, powerful, and beautiful.”

Fueling the Frontlines is the Astraea Foundation’s 3-year, $20 million campaign to provide critical resources and support to grassroots LGBTQI activists and organizations across the globe. The Campaign supports activism and action in areas where the need for resources is greatest, with Astraea’s support often representing the first major infusion of funding for a vast majority of our grantee partners. Campaign supporters are individuals, institutions, government agencies, donor alliances and for-profit companies committed to achieving justice, respect and equality for everyone. We invite you to join us in this work.

Love is a Revolutionary Practice

Love is a Revolutionary Practice

To love in these times is revolutionary. We are reminded, every day, how radical it is to truly love as we confront homophobic laws, violence and discrimination. As radical philanthropists, activists, organizers and artists, we fight to make this world a better place for LGBTQI folks everywhere. Love–motivating lots of hard work & brilliant organizing–will create this world. We should never have to choose safety over self-determination. An army of lovers cannot fail!

On this Valentine’s day, we celebrate our brilliant and brave community who live the Revolution of Love by:

Painting the town Pink in Colombia

        Santamaría Fundación marching for trans womens visibility and rights at the Marcha Fucsia in Colombia

Becoming Penpals with incacerated LGBTQI folks 

By building community and working to demolish the violent prison system.

Black & Pink, Astraea grantee partner running a LGBTQ prisoner newsletter and Penpal program

Raising fists against violence and demanding lesbian rights in Honduras


Red Lésbica Cattrachas Honduras

Taking queer and trans* power to the streets!

CUAV members in SF at the Trans* March, June 2013. Photo by Erin Johnson. 
Photobombing Program officers

E.D. J. Bob Alotta with Astraea Program Officer, Namita Chad, 2015

Making art not war, because all queer her-stories are important


Guyana Trans United (GTU) and the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) hosted a week-long “Stand Against Transphobia” photo exhibition of work by artist and curator Ulelli Verbeke.

Opening hearts and homes for fundraising

Astraea donors come together to raise funds at house parties to resource LGBTQI work. 

Denver House Party

Friends gather at Fran and Anna Simon’s Denver House Party, 2015  

Choosing safety over truth, and being an army of lovers marching for equality

More than 300 folks walked for equality to end all violence in Guyana

GEF March
Guyana Equality Forum (GEF), at Walk for Equality, say NO to Violence in Feb 2014, Guyana. Organized by Astraea grantee partner SASOD  

Waging love with our wallets

Every penny counts. Whether it’s $5 or $5000 every month because love and compassion go hand in hand.

To the thousands of donors who support us, we love you.

To the fearless folks on the frontlines, we love you.


The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom. 

– bell hooks

Black and Pink

Black and Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and free world allies who support each other.

Black and Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and free world allies who support each other. Their work is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people, and their goal is to abolish the prison industrial complex. As a grassroots community organization, Black and Pink strives to take leadership from those most impacted by the prison industrial complex. Their monthly newspaper provides an essential outlet for communication, storytelling, power building, and solidarity for incarcerated LGBTQ individuals. This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.