Meet the Activist: Trans, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project

Please join us at Astraea on Friday, January 6 from 12:00-1:00pm for a discussion with San Francisco based grantee partner Trans, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP.) We will hear updates from Wazi Maret, Development and Administration Coordinator at TGIJP about their prison abolition organizing strategies, and some reflections about what it means for TGI movements to organize in the current political moment.

TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers—organizing for liberation from systemic violence and oppression, for prison abolition, and for racial and economic justice.

Friday, January 6th, 12:00-1:00pm
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor, NY, NY 10003
Event is wheelchair accessible. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP by email: rsvp@astraeafoundation.org

Click here to read more about TGIJP.

Held as intimate gatherings at our office, Astraea’s Meet the Activist series provides a unique opportunity to learn about the work of LGBTQI activists and movements around the world.

This Body, Too

This Body, Too is a feature-length documentary written, directed by and starring Arisleyda Dilone, a young intersex woman living in the U.S. The film aims to capture Aris’s experience growing up intersex in a Dominican-American family. Aris focuses on the influences of outside forces (her partner, her friends, the medical field and, most importantly, her family) as she seeks to understand her identity as an intersex-woman and a Dominican-American. Her journey takes her back to the Dominican Republic, where there is a long history of medical research of intersex bodies. This Body, Too will tackle issues of sex identity, gender identity, surgical interventions and mainstream perceptions of feminine identity.

Funding enabled her to shoot an interview with her former doctor that operated on her body as a teen (this interview will form part of the feature film This Body, Too) and complete a short film, Mami y Yo y mi Gallito (16mins, 2015), which revolves around her first conversation with her mother about her body.

Streetwise and Safe (SAS)

Streetwise and Safe: LGBTQQ Youth of Color Standing Up to Police Abuse and Criminalization (SAS) is a collaborative multi-strategy initiative to develop leadership, knowledge, and skills among LGBTQQ youth of color who have experienced gender-and-sexuality-specific forms of race and class based policing, particularly in the context “quality of life” policing and the policing of sex work and trafficking in persons.

Streetwise and Safe: LGBTQQ Youth of Color Standing Up to Police Abuse and Criminalization (SAS) is a collaborative multi-strategy initiative to develop leadership, knowledge, and skills among LGBTQQ youth of color who have experienced gender-and-sexuality-specific forms of race and class based policing, particularly in the context “quality of life” policing and the policing of sex work and trafficking in persons. SAS has been very active in the Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) campaign, and is the only LGBTQ youth of color organization part of CPR’s steering committee. Their critical participation highlights the ways in which “Stop and Frisk” practices not only affect black and brown men, but LGBTQI youth of color in particular. SAS, along other NY-based grantee partners, contributed to the passing of the Community Safety Act. More recently, they pushed the passing of a partial “No Condoms as Evidence” policy and are now part of the decision making table evaluating policy implementation. SAS and BreakOUT! are leading the Get Yr Rights National Network.

eThreads—exciting videos, updates and galleries online now

Welcome to eThreads, Astraea’s online newsletter spotlighting LGBTI activism around the world.

Welcome to eThreads, Astraea’s online newsletter spotlighting LGBTI activism around the world. Each quarter, we’ll bring you exciting videos, updates and galleries highlighting Astraea’s inspiring community of grantees and donors. Connecting communities is at the core of our work and we hope that eThreads will strengthen—even further—our connection with you!

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NYC & SF—South Asians Here and There: A Dialogue about LGBT & Human Rights

South Asians Here and There: A Dialogue about LGBT & Human Rights

Astraea is proud to co-sponsor the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s (IGLHRC) panel discussions on the LGBT rights situation in South Asia. The panels, in New York and San Francisco, will feature Astraea Grantee Partner Sunil Pant, the founder and director of Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s only LGBT rights organization and the recipient of IGLHRC’s 2007 Felipa de Souza Award.

NEW YORK: Monday, April 30, 2007

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LGBT Community Center (208 West 13th Street)

Panelists
Sunil Pant, Founder and President of Blue Diamond Society
Trishala Deb, Program Coordinator at Audre Lorde Project
Paula Ettelbrick, IGLHRC Executive Director, Moderator

SAN FRANCISCO: Wednesday, May 2, 2007

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center (730 Polk Street)
Admission is free.

Panelists
Sunil Pant, President of Blue Diamond Society
Dechen Tsering, Program Officer, Asia and Oceania,
Global Fund for Women
Sandip Roy, New America Media, former editor
Trikone Magazine
Paula Ettelbrick, IGLHRC Executive Director, Moderator

FIERCE

FIERCE! is a community organizing project for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Queer, and Questioning (TLGBTSQQ) youth of color in New York City.

FIERCE! is a community organizing project for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Queer, and Questioning (TLGBTSQQ) youth of color in New York City. FIERCE is dedicated to exploring and building power in these communities through a mix of leadership development, artistic and cultural activism, political education, and campaign development. FIERCE challenges the institutions that perpetuate transphobia, homophobia, racism, ethnic conflict, gender bias, economic injustice, ageism, and the spread of HIV, STIs, STDs, and other mental and physical health crises, and organizes against the injustices of the criminal “justice” system, housing, employment, education, and healthcare systems.

Audre Lorde Project (ALP)

Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color (POC) center for community organizing, focusing on the NYC area.

Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color (POC) center for community organizing, focusing on the NYC area. ALP’s programs include: Safe Outside the System which builds community-led models of safety in response to increased violence targeting LGBTSTGNC POC; 3rd Space Program which provides resources and referrals for members, centering survival, wellness and resiliency strategies; Membership which builds ALP’s base by developing leadership among its membership; and TransJustice which builds leadership and political strategies for the visibility and livelihood of TGNC POC.