Grants Made through U.S., International, Social Change Opportunity, and Global Arts Funds

Published on Oct 24, 2013

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is pleased to announce grants made this summer and fall to 66 organizations and individuals advancing LGBTQI human rights across the country and around the globe. These leading-edge grantees received a total of $754,000 in annual and multi year grants.

USA- New York

U.S. Fund In June, Astraea awarded a total of $30,000 to organizations in three states advancing immigrants rights activism. These grantees are two national, one statewide, and three locally-focused organizations that are engaging a key racial and economic justice movement today. Their work increases the visibility of LGBTQI people in this movement, and pushes the dialogue on immigrant rights past mainstream perspectives to build solidarity within national racial and economic justice movements. Leaders of the coming out of the shadows strategy, these groups uplift the most vulnerable segments of LGBTQI immigrant communities and empower undocumented youth and activists to take great risks with direct action organizing around the DREAM Act, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and an end to deportation and criminalization.

Affinity Community Services Chicago, IL Arizona Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (Az-QUIP) Phoenix, AZ California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA) California Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) Los Angeles, CA TransLatin@ Coalition National Organization United We Dream Network’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project National Organization

International Funding This summer and fall, Astraea awarded a total of $369,000 to 46 groups in 30 countries and 39 cities in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Across nations and regions, International Fund grantee partners made incredible strides in the push for recognition of sexual orientation and gender identity rights this year. This includes legal reforms and legislative advances in the areas of access to health, gender identity recognition, de-criminalization of same sex relations and family protections. Astraea grantee partners are using technology, media, film festivals, and arts and cultural activism to raise awareness, break isolation, resist governmental oppression, and bring communities together. Additionally, many have been successful both regionally and on an international level in leveraging international mechanisms to increase pressure on their governments to protect LGBTQI rights.

Aireana – Grupo por los Derechos de las Lesbianas Asunción, Paraguay alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society Jerusalem, Israel Aswat – Palestinian Gay Women Haifa, Israel Chinese Lala Alliance Beijing, China China Queer Independent Films Beijing, China Colectivo de Investigación Acción en Derechos Trans – Comunidad Diversidad La Paz, Bolivia Colectivo Sentimos Diverso Quito, Ecuador Femme en Action Contre la Stigmatisation el la Discrimination Sexuelle (FACSDIS) Port au Prince, Haiti Forum for the Empowerment of Women Johannesburg, South Africa Freedom and Roam Uganda (FAR-UG) Kampala, Uganda GALANG Philippines, Inc Quezon City, Philippines Gayten-LGBT, Center for Promotion of LGBTIQ Human Rights Belgrade, Serbia Grupo Latinoamericano de Estudio Formación y Acción Feminista (GLEFAS) Regional, Latin America and the Caribbean Grupo Safo Managua, Nicaragua Iranti Org Johannesburg, South Africa Istanbul LGBTT Istanbul, Turkey les+ workshop Beijing, China Lesbian Organization Rijeka LORI Rijeka, Croatia Lesbianas Independientes Feministas y Socialistas Lima, Perú Movimiento de Acción Lésbica Feminista Aguascalientes, México Mujeres Al Borde Bogota, Colombia Mujeres Y Cultura Subterránea, A.C. Chimalhuacán, México Mulabi – Espacio Latinoamericano de Sexualidades y Derechos Guadalupe, Costa Rica Nirantar New Delhi, India Nutongxueshe (NTXS) Hong Kong, China Organización de Transexuales por la Dignidad de la Diversidad (OTD) Rancagua, Chile Organización Trans Reinas de la Noche (OTRANS) Guatemala City, Guatemala Parma Vadodara, India Pembe Hayat LGBTT Dayanisma Dernegi Ankara, Turkey Queer African Youth Network (QAYN) Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Red Lésbica “CATTRACHAS” Tegucigalpa, Honduras Rromnjako Ilo Novi Becej, Serbia Santamaría Fundación Cali, Colombia Sappho for Equality Kolkata, India Sarajevo Open Center Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Sayoni Singapore, Singapore Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival Saint Petersburg, Russia SKUC-LL Ljubljana, Slovenia Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) Georgetown, Guyana Transgender and Intersex Africa Pretoria, South Africa Transgender Resource Center Hong Kong, China United and Strong Castries, St. Lucia

Social Change Opportunity Fund This September, six groups were awarded a total of $300,000 in new multi-year grants through the Social Change Opportunity Fund. This fund supports timely institutional and policy change campaigns in the Global South and East. Through impact litigation, legislative and media advocacy, research and documentation, and community organizing and leadership development, these six grantee partners look to create structural change in their respective countries. Their foci include engaging advocacy to secure national gender identity protections in Chile, South Africa, and Serbia, securing relationship recognition in Colombia, and reducing violence and criminalization in Ecuador and Guyana.

The Society against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) Georgetown, Guyana Colombia Diversa Bogotá, Colombia Gayten-LGBT, Center for Promotion of LGBTIQ Human Rights Belgrade, Serbia Gender DynamiX Cape Town, South Africa Organización Trans Reinas de la Noche (OTRANS) Guatemala City, Guatemala Organización de Transexuales por la Dignidad de la Diversidad (OTD) Rancagua, Chile Taller de Comunicación Mujer Quito, Ecuador

Global Arts Fund In its first year, Astraea’s Global Arts Fund awarded a total of $55,000 to six U.S.-based artists and five artists or collectives in Latin America and China. Our inaugural Global Arts Fund grantees are using art as a tool for social transformation, exploring the theme of migration. From poetry to musical landscapes that trace past and present histories of migration to documentary film and art installations that document the invisible and powerful stories of queer immigrants in the U.S. and around the world, these artists are highlighting experiences of marginalization in the face of exploitations wrought by globalization and neocolonialism.

Taijhet Nyobi Rockett Oakland, CA Lesbian Writer’s Fund Alixa Garcia Brooklyn, NY Erika Vivianna Céspedes Oakland, CA Maiana Minahal Honolulu, HI Jolie Harris Oakland, CA DJ Lynnée Denise Marietta, GA Ulelli Verbeke Guyana Cayetana Salao Ecuador Colectiva Siluetas Guatemala Dunia Kita Hong Kong Comunidad Mujeres Creando Comunidad Bolivia