Meet our US Fund grantee partners!

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s U.S. Fund grantee partners. These are some of the fiercest organizations in the country using transformative strategies to combat criminalization, resist state violence and white supremacy, and build collaborative, sustainable LGBTQI movements where gender, reproductive, racial, migrant and economic justice is not an ideal, but a lived truth for us all.

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s U.S. Fund grantee partners.

Astraea awarded $1M in grants, to 32 organizations, in 13 states! These are some of the fiercest organizations in the country using transformative strategies to combat criminalization, resist state violence and white supremacy, and build collaborative, sustainable LGBTQI movements where gender, reproductive, racial, migrant and economic justice is not an ideal, but a lived truth for us all.

Many of our grantee partners are using multiple and diverse strategies to achieve their aims, and are engaging in cross-issue collaborations that build power at the local and national levels. Organizations are:

  • Increasing visibility of healing justice strategies and the de-stigmatization of mental health services, such as National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN)’s unique online directory of queer and trans mental health practitioners of color that assists QTPoC in accessing mental health services. Since their launch in 2016, the network has grown to over 1,500 active members.
  • Expanding the intersections of racial, economic, and migrant justice movements to center Black queer and trans migrants, such as Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project’s regional community gatherings and organizer trainings that create networks of support for Black queer and trans migrant communities and build leadership to defend and protect Black LGBTQIA migrants.
  • Running powerful policy advocacy and organizing campaigns against discriminatory practices in the criminal justice system, such as Young Women United’s fight against SB 78 and Communities United for Police Reform’s campaign for the Right to Know Act.

We are committed not only to resourcing movements via grantmaking, but also to supporting and strengthening cross-collaborations. In January 2018 we hosted a lively and intimate convening with twenty U.S. Fund grantee partners in Washington D.C. Throughout the day, conversations centered around vulnerability, safety, sustainability, and the need for innovative strategies in this intensified moment of white supremacy, racism, and violence; from politicizing direct service provision, engaging in interfaith organizing, to building cross-movement visions and collaborations.

Our partnerships with groups like these underscore why we are meeting this political moment with a renewed sense of urgency—and hope. Please join us in celebrating the work of these formidable grantee partners and read more about their work in the links below.

Audre Lorde Project // Black Alliance for Just Immigration // Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project // Black Youth Project 100 // Blackbird: Fueling Innovation into Black Organizing // Black and Pink // BreakOUT! // Center for Media Justice // Community United Against Violence, Inc. // Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) // El/La Para Translatinas // Ella Baker Center for Human Rights // Enlace // Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement // FIERCE // Freedom, Inc. // Girls for Gender Equity // Immigrant Youth Coalition // Law for Black Lives (L4BL) // Mariposas Sin Fronteras // Mijente // National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network // New Voices Pittsburgh // Power Inside // Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) // SisterReach // SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective // Survivors Organizing for Liberation (SOL) // SPARK! Reproductive Justice NOW // Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) // Trans Queer Pueblo // Young Women United (YWU)

By supporting Astraea you are creating ecosystems of resistance that are smart, effective, and unique. We are answering the call of this moment. We will win. And we will do so because of your support. Join us, donate now and sign up to our emails or social media. 

About the image: Freedom Cities is a movement for safe, healthy and thriving neighborhoods and local communities led by Astraea grantee partners Ella Baker Center, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and Enlace. Credit: Ella Baker Center

New report on Digital Trans Activism in Central Asia and Eastern Europe

Astraea and TGEU are proud to release a new report, Mapping Digital Landscapes of Trans Activism in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Astraea and TGEU are proud to release a new report, Mapping Digital Landscapes of Trans Activism in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The report provides a regional overview of digital organizing by trans activists* in 26 countries of Central Asia and Eastern Europe (CAEE)**, emphasizing shared patterns of digital usage, barriers to free and safe use of the internet, and resistance strategies to homo/transphobic-motivated censorship, surveillance, and online attacks. It also presents recommendations for funders and tech communities, social media corporations, and government entities.

In CAEE, trans lives are endangered not only by homophobic and transphobic legislation, but also by governments seeking to exert stricter surveillance over civil society by controlling and monitoring internet usage. Restrictions on internet freedom have a disproportionate effect on trans communities in the region who rely on the internet for their activist, personal, and professional lives, making it a critical tool for connecting and movement building.

Trans communities in the region are resisting these challenges using digital tools in creative ways:

  • In Russia, Foundation Transgender, an NGO working with trans people, crossdressers, and genderqueer people, chose to relocate their website hosting to servers based outside of Russia, in order to keep their organizational documents secure from the imposing 2012 Gay Propaganda Bill.
  • Trans activists in Turkey created the hashtag #GameOfTrans in 2017, using various social media platforms to organize a Trans Parade on the streets of Istanbul. The action revealed activists’ power to mobilize communities despite government surveillance.
  • LGBT Organization Labrys Kyrgyzstan responded to increasingly violent homophobic and transphobic hate speech on and offline with a regional email and listserv campaign, sharing information about the incidents with a wider European and Central Asian community of activists, and inviting them to share their own best practice responses and strategies.

“With the growing importance of digital organizing for trans movements coupled with crackdowns on internet freedom and civil society, there is an urgent need to invest resources in trans movements in CAEE,” says Mariam Gagoshashvili, Senior Program Officer at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Investment in digital infrastructure alongside funding of trans-led groups is crucial to supporting the continuing fight against oppressive power structures and essential for the human rights of trans people in the CAEE region.

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To access a version of the report translated into Russian, click here.

P.S. Mapping Digital Landscapes of Trans Activism in Central Asia and Eastern Europe is part of a wider series of Astraea’s country-specific research reports mapping out the landscape of political, economic and social conditions for LGBTQI activism around the world. To read reports covering other regions of the world, including Southern African and Latin American countries, please visit our publications section. This is the first report to focus exclusively on the state of digital organizing and LGBTQI activism.

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*In this report, the term “trans activists” refers to trans people who are actively working towards empowering trans communities and fighting for trans rights either in formal structures such as trans rights NGOs or LGBTQI NGOs, or in less formalized settings such as initiative groups, or as individual voices visible and known to trans communities within their respective countries.

**We use this acronym to include countries in Central Asia, Caucasus, Post-Soviet Eastern Europe, South-East Europe and Central Europe; countries under review are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, FYROM/ Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Today we honor our founding mothers!

Hear Astraea founding mother Achebe Powell and Astraea’s first Executive Director Katherine Acey share what it took to make their vision of a foundation that left no one behind a reality.

More than 40 years ago, a small group of women came together to address the needs of lesbians, women of color, and grassroots feminist organizations. They prioritized inclusivity and worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that they were leaving no one behind.

We recognize the formidable legacy of our founding mothers. Four decades later, and their vision still burns bright! Thank you, Stella Alvo, Audrey Barnes, Nancy Dean (d), Barbara Grant, Joyce Hunter, Roberta Kosse, Cynthia Long, Achebe Powell, Joan Watts and Leslie Kanes Weisman.

In the video above, hear Astraea founding mother Achebe Powell and Astraea’s first Executive Director Katherine Acey share what it took to make that vision a reality.

#GiveToAstraea because as Achebe says, “What we can never forget is there is so much more work to be done.”

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Meet our new Program Team members

Our program team continues to grow and reflect a global feminist diaspora in the leadership of philanthropy.

Our program team continues to grow and reflect a global feminist diaspora in the leadership of philanthropy. We welcome the breadth and knowledge of U.S. Southern movement organizer Shaena Johnson, our new RJF Program Officer, and the powerful leadership of Courtney Okeke, our new Program Associate. Former RJF Program Officer Miabi Chatterji also now brings her depth of experience in racial justice philanthropy and her sharp analytical mind to her new role as our Senior Grants Manager.

Importantly, we want to lift up Namita Chad in her new role as Associate Director of Programs. In her eleven-year tenure at Astraea, she continues to be a transformative leader for the Program team and Astraea Foundation.

Our team will continue to uplift Astraea’s tenets of advocacy; to resource and be thought partners with LGBTQI global movement leadership as we resist and build collective power and liberation.

Meet our new Program Team members

Shaena Johnson, LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund Program Officer

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Shaena Johnson brings over 15 years of organizing and advocacy experience as well as her extensive work in the community focusing on issues facing LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system. Shaena is also the former Co-Director of BreakOUT! [Read more]

Courtney Okeke, Program Associate

Courtney Okeke joins Astraea’s Programs Team with a wealth of experience leading youth wellness and social justice programming; facilitating healing, power, and oppression sessions; and organizing within Black queer feminist and youth-led movements. [Read more]

Namita Chad, Associate Director of Programs

Namita Chad is Astraea’s Associate Director of Programs. She is a queer South Asian activist with over 10 years experience in social justice philanthropy and over 15 years of experience working with grassroots, LGBTI, immigrant and feminist groups as a board member, staff and in advisory roles. [Read more]

Miabi Chatterji, Senior Grants Manager

Miabi Chatterji has been participating in and supporting cross-issue movements for justice for more than a dozen years. In the past she has been Co-Director of Grants at Resist, a public foundation with a 45+ year history of funding intersectional social movements, and Senior Program Officer for Astraea’s LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund. [Read more]

Honor author and activist Jeanne Córdova with us in LA

Astraea is thrilled to announce that we will be honoring Jeanne Córdova at our 2018 Fueling the Frontlines Awards on November 8th in Los Angeles.

“Jeanne looked ahead and saw her generation of lesbian feminist activists, many of whom had been blessed to make comfortable lives for themselves, many of whom didn’t have children of their own, and felt it was really important to get the word out to them about giving to their lesbian and queer children, about giving back to their community.” –Lynn Harris Ballen, Jeanne Cordova’s partner

Astraea is thrilled to announce that we will be honoring Jeanne Córdova at our 2018 Fueling the Frontlines Awards on November 8th, 2018 in Los Angeles. Author, activist, and Chicana-identified butch woman Jeanne Córdova devoted her life to activism on behalf of the LGBTQI community. Although best and most recently known for her award-winning memoir, When We Were Outlaws, Córdova’s activism and collective organizing spans decades–from founding the popular 1970’s lesbian feminist newspaper The Lesbian Tide to acting as President of the Stonewall Democratic Club. Córdova’s contributions to the lesbian feminist and extended LGBTQI communities are phenomenal, yet at all times it was the power of community and shared lesbian leadership that fueled her philosophy. In A Letter About Dying, to My Lesbian Communities she thanked the thousands of members of the national lesbian communities whose activism, lives, and loves touched her own–“especially those dykes who have become family and siblings of choice over the last 40 years.”

Jeanne was committed to helping sustain the movements that supported her as a young Chicana-lesbian activist. Before Córdova passed away in early 2016, she proclaimed, “It is wonderful to have had a life’s cause: freedom and dignity for lesbians,” and announced that her estate would donate $2 million to Astraea to carry out just that goal. “We need to think about giving to our gay and lesbian youth and institutions like Astraea or other lesbian organizations. They’re the ones who are nurturing our real daughters right now, around the world,” Córdova wrote in her final letter announcing the donation. In 2017, the Jeanne R. Córdova Fund supported 14 powerful grassroots organizations in South/Latin America and Southern Africa that focus on movement-building, human rights, journalism and cultural activism among lesbians, feminists, butch and masculine and gender nonconforming communities.

Jeanne created so much more than a considerable legacy with her intentional bequest — she created decades of possibility — for Astraea, for our movements, and for our people. Jeanne exemplifies the visionary philanthropy we celebrate and depend on every day. It is in this spirit that we both honor and celebrate Jeanne’s formidable life and legacy at our Fueling the Frontlines Gala on November 8th.

Celebrate Jeanne Córdova with us on November 8th!

Tickets to the gala are now available at an early bird rate! Buy yours via the button below to #FuelTheFrontlines of LGBTQI activism and celebrate Jeanne Córdova’s legacy with us:

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Questions about our Fueling the Frontlines Gala? For more information, contact Sally Troncoso at 212.810.4155 or stroncoso@astraeafoundation.org.

 

Why We Fund: Intersex Activism

Astraea is thrilled to have our grantee partner, Pidgeon, joining us from Chicago as part of our Why We Fund event series

Astraea is thrilled to have our grantee partner, Pidgeon, joining us from Chicago sharing their incredible work. Pidgeon is an American activist, writer, artist, and consultant who has presented across the nation and internationally. They are an advocate for intersex human rights and against nonconsensual intersex medical interventions.

Thanks to Flatiron Hotel for their generous support of this Why We Fund event. We’re happy to partner with them!

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Thanks to everyone who attended the event! We were grateful to have everyone in the room.

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A New Global Acceptance Index for LGBT people

Today, the Williams Institute, as part of the LGBTI Global Development Partnership has released three new research reports detailing the average levels of acceptance for LGBT people around the world.

Today, the Williams Institute, as part of the LGBTI Global Development Partnership has released three new research reports detailing the average levels of acceptance for LGBT people around the world. The findings reveal that LGBT rights have increased globally since 1980, though acceptance has become more polarized; increasing in the most accepting countries and decreasing in the least.

The Global Acceptance Index ranked 141 countries on their relative level of social acceptance of LGBT people and rights. Findings were analyzed from 11 cross-national, global and regional surveys and reveal that 80 countries (57%) experienced increases in acceptance. Forty-six countries (33%) experienced a decline in acceptance and 15 countries (11%) were unchanged.

“The Global Acceptance Index provides a consistent and comparable way to measure attitudes and attitude change, which could better understand inclusion of LGBT people in many areas of social, economic, and political life,” said lead author Andrew R. Flores, Visiting Scholar at the Williams Institute.

Two additional studies used the Global Acceptance Index to analyze the effects of LGBT acceptance and inclusion. Examining the Relationship between Social Acceptance of LGBT People and Legal Inclusion of Sexual Minorities found that democracies with a commitment to a free press and the rule of law had the strongest relationship. However, the relationship between acceptance and legal inclusion becomes weaker in shrinking civic spaces, such as autocracies and anocracies.

A third study, Links between Economic Development and New Measures of LGBT Inclusion, affirmed previous findings that the inclusion of LGBT people is linked to a country’s economic performance.

Some key findings include

  • Legal measures appear to be stronger predictors than social acceptance.
  • Legal rights and social acceptance may be stronger predictors of GDP per capita when combined than when they are alone.
  • Countries with the most inclusive Legal Environment Index showed a statistically significant addition of $8,259 in GDP per capita.

These new measures allow for global, cross-national comparisons of public sentiment about LGBT people and their rights. “The Global Acceptance Index,” notes Kerry-Jo Ford Lyn, Director of the LGBTI Global Development Partnership, “provides a critical global benchmark for measuring and comparing progress we make in ensuring that LGBT populations are protected from violence, stigma, and discrimination wherever they are.”

Astraea is committed to supporting the LGBTQI grassroots organizations around the world who are working to reduce violence and discrimination, and bring lasting social justice to our communities.

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Note: These reports were produced as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Global Development Partnership. The Partnership was founded in 2012 and brings together the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Arcus Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, the Williams Institute, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights (RFSL), and other corporate, non-profit, and non-governmental organization resource partners.

Astraea to Partner with Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow

Astraea is honored to be one of 11 organizations selected to host a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow in 2018.

Astraea is honored to be one of eleven organizations selected to host a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow in 2018.

About the Program:

Backed by Ford and Mozilla, the program partners emerging technologists with civil society organizations for 10 months of collaborative and creative work to support public awareness around online policy, defending digital rights, and championing internet freedom. In turn, the host organizations mentor their fellows to tackle challenges to the open web: digital inclusion, online privacy and security, transparent policy, and human rights advocacy.

Why Astraea?

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI rights around the globe. We support hundreds of brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed social change. We work for racial, economic, social and gender justice, because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with profound dignity.

QTPOC communities exist at the intersections of oppressions and have long experienced government restriction. As a LGBTQI funder, Astraea has always worked to resource marginalized groups working in restrictive environments. Our work includes internet freedom because digital terrain mirrors the physical world’s marginalization of LGBTQI communities, especially those with the least access to power: women, trans and intersex people, and people of color. Our activist partners are working across movements and advancing myriad rights issues; to support them, we too work beyond silos and aim to ensure the cross-pollination of internet freedom/governance issues with their broader human rights advocacy. Our work presents an important opportunity for an emerging technologist to directly support frontline activists working at the intersections of issue areas like racial justice, gender justice, economic justice, and reproductive justice all over the world so they can be more safe, secure and technologically innovative in their organizing.

Fellowship Areas of Focus:

We’ve selected 3 focus areas that would contribute to Astraea’s mission while advancing the fellow’s experience:

  1. CommsLabs: Astraea’s CommsLabs is a global movement-building initiative that conducts research and equips activists in their local contexts around the world with tools, strategies and knowledge they need to securely organize, online and off. CommsLabs fosters symbiotic connections among activists, trainers, healers and technologists to mitigate the harms and seize the opportunities that tech presents within the distinct political climates our constituents operate.

    For 2018-19, Astraea will implement plans for CommsLabs in 4 geographies: the Caribbean, Central Asia/Eastern Europe, India, and the United States. The fellow would be a key support for the development and/or implementation of our upcoming CommsLabs, and would work closely with activists in each locale to support their tech, communications, security, healing and media goals.
  2. Promoting LGBTQI voices in internet freedom spaces: Astraea is active in spaces like RightsCon, Internet Freedom Festival and Stockholm Internet Forum. Alongside activist partners and staff, the fellow would be able to support our efforts to uplift the priorities of QTPOC in internet freedom dialogues by leading or participating in research to advance LGBTQI activists’ needs in these spaces. The fellow would be encouraged to explore how their interests connect to our mission and constituencies.
  3. Strengthen Astraea’s digital security practices: With many of our partners under increased scrutiny and Astraea itself facing potential threats, we are evaluating internal security tools and tactics. The fellow would be able to work with staff to improve security and reduce the risk of hostile actors compromising Astraea’s and our partners’ safety.

More generally, we hope to work with a fellow who has experience in designs/systems thinking, communications project management, security research, tech issue analysis and/or community organizing. The fellowship will be based in our office in New York City, but there will be ample space and opportunity for the fellow to travel and/or to work remotely from alternate locations.

Fellows will receive a $60,000 USD stipend paid in monthly installments, and will also receive childcare and healthcare benefits.

Interested in becoming one of this year’s Ford-Mozilla Fellows and working with us or one of the other great organizations selected for 2018? Applications are due April 20! Please make sure to select “Open Web” in the application form to apply for this particular fellowship.

Have any questions about the application? Please contact Mozilla directly at fellowships@mozilla.org.

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. People of color, people with disabilities and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply.

International Trans Day of Visibility 2018

This International Trans Day of Visibility, join us as we celebrate the power and vitality of Trans Movements worldwide.

This International Trans Day of Visibility, join us as we celebrate the power and vitality of Trans Movements worldwide. Watch the video above to find out how Astraea grantee partners like Trans-Fuzja in Poland, S.H.E. in South Africa, and Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project in the U.S. are seeding deep and lasting change and challenging discrimination, stigma, and violence against Trans people all over the world.

Trans people face serious human rights violations in every region of the world. In philanthropy, we see that Trans groups internationally are severely underfunded—they receive less than 1% of all foundation money dedicated to human rights, and according to our recent report on The State of Trans Organizing, more than three-fifths of Trans groups worldwide have budgets of less than USD $10,000. Despite the lack of funding, Trans Movements are growing rapidly in the U.S. and all over the world—and Astraea is proud to be a longtime supporter, having supported Trans organizing since as early as 1994.

Build Trans power with us this TDOV:

  • Join us to support activists and organizations on the front lines of international Trans rights movements
  • Read more from our recent report on The State of Trans Organizing
  • Learn about the International Trans Fund, an activist-led fund created to increase the capacity of the Trans movement that Astraea has been hosting since 2016

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Video transcript:

[Ruby Corado (Casa Ruby):] “We are here to speak for the hundreds of transgender people…”

[Ruby Corado (Casa Ruby):] Number one as a transgender woman, I experience a lot of barriers, a lot of obstacles. Many times it felt like people really wanted to delete me from the face of the earth. As I started Casa Ruby, it felt the same way. And receiving the grant from Astraea, it really says that our work is worth it. That our lives are worth it.

[Kristian Randjelovic (XY Spectrum)]: Being a inter and trans person, it’s very hard…It used to be very hard for me in Serbia. I didn’t want to share that. I didn’t want to talk about it. I was, for a long time, pretty embarrassed about it. And when I reached that point, I don’t want to be embarrassed anymore. I just want to be myself.

[Leigh Ann Van Der Merwe (S.H.E.)]: Trans women is the last population ever to be thought about. We are very invisibilized in feminist spaces. It’s like we don’t have the same legitimacy as other women to be in feminist spaces. That’s one of the reasons we started S.H.E.

[Wes Ware (BreakOUT)]: When we started, we had very little funding. We were a project of another organization and Astraea was one of our very first funders. So from there we’ve gotten Astraea’s support every year since we started.

[Jennicet Gutierrez (Familia TQLM)]: I have been working to end trans detention. We believe as an organization that uplifting the voices of the LGBT community, specifically Latino/Latina and also transgender women who have often been left out, it’s important and critical for the work.

[Wiktor Dynarski (formerly of Trans-Fuzja)]: My work in trans rights is not something that I planned from the very beginning, ’cause I was really afraid of coming out. There was almost no trans visibility. Trans people didn’t have a voice, didn’t have faces that could be identified. So it was an issue of shame rather than pride. So we as an organization try to make trans a proud thing. We have trans YouTubers now, trans vloggers. A lot of things have shifted. And I think one of the reasons for that is the huge amount of work that we did as an organization, that we pushed a lot of people to share their stories and be visible.

[Miss Major Griffin-Gracy (formerly of TGIJP)]: The only difference between now and…when I was growing up, and young girls that are here today, they at least have the opportunity to stand in their own right. The girls can go out in the daytime now. My generation could not even think about sunshine and being in a dress, that was not in the equation. And so, as things progressed and the girls, they’re getting out, and they’re jumping on buses and planes, getting their stuff. That’s a wonderful, wonderful thing.

[Ruby Corado (Casa Ruby)]: There’s a reason why you’re in this world. And if nobody tells you, you need to speak it to yourself. And I can tell you it gets better. It gets better because we make it better.

Astraea Foundation: Investing, Advocating, Amplifying, and Propelling LGBTQI Voices

Astraea supporters, board members, and grantee partners share why they love Astraea with Tagg Magazine.

Originally published in Tagg Magazine.

Based in New York, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is a public foundation committed to strengthening LGBTQI communities and movements. For 40 years, the organization has been the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe.

Astraea is known for investing in artists and organizations, advocating and funding for those who need it the most, amplifying voices, and propelling leadership development.

Funds are raised for programs and initiatives led by and for diverse groups with a focus on lesbians and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming individuals, intersex people, and people of color.

The heart of the organization is rooted in their mission “to fuel local and global movements that shift power to LGBTQI people and organizations pursuing social justice and human rights.”

Here are just a few individuals that believe in the organization’s mission and work.

“Giving voice to marginalized communities is difficult and necessary work. Astraea’s path to pursuing social justice and human rights is one that I must join. I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with this network of change agents who will undoubtedly fight until all people belong, no matter the circumstance.” Rebecca D. Crouch-Pelham, President/CEO, Washington Tennis & Education Foundation


limay Ho (left) and Rebecca D. Crouch-Pelham (right) with Regional Development & Engagement Officer of Astraea Foundation Zakiya J. Lord (Photo by Beverlie Lord)

“I am so proud to be a board member for Astraea. Through long-term, intersectional funding, Astraea has been fueling the frontlines of LGBTQ organizing for over 40 years. I owe my ability to thrive as a queer person of color in this world to organizations like Astraea.” –limay Ho, Executive Director of Astraea Resource Generation

Read more on taggmagazine.com.