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)

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

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

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

Singapore, Singapore

Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD)
Georgetown, Guyana

Trans Bantu Association of Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia

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

Cayetana Salao

Colectiva Siluetas

Dunia Kita
Hong Kong

Comunidad Mujeres Creando Comunidad