Photo credit: TGI Justice Project
We’re delighted to be sharing our latest round of U.S. Fund grants with all of you! As we all know, our world is a very different place from when we made these grants, and our communities are working perhaps more tirelessly than ever before to care for each other, and advocate and protect justice and equal rights for all.
This year we gave $1,639,000 to 49 organizations across 18 states and Puerto Rico. Over 99% of this funding went to LGBTQI People of Color and gender non-conforming led organizations working for racial, economic, gender, migrant, and reproductive justice.
The COVID-19 crisis is highlighting and exacerbating long-standing structural inequities and laying bare the devastating effects of capitalism. Yet LGBTQI, Black, Brown, migrant, and Indigenous communities in the United States, like many of our grantee partners, have always been at the forefront of liberatory activism because these are the communities most impacted, yet most resilient in their fight for justice!
Working in creative and dynamic ways across movements and issues, here are just a few of the strategies our grantees are using to work towards our collective liberation:
- Ensuring access to housing for queer and trans youth: The Providence Youth Student Movement’s Queer Transformative Roots program launched its Emergency Housing Network for queer and trans youth of color in Providence and throughout the state. Rooted in abolition, their housing justice work centers sustainable cooperative housing systems for queer and trans communities of color.
- Creating powerful spaces to advance and demand reproductive justice: SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW is launching their first national conference JusticeNOW2020 later this year, a cross-movement power building and power shifting conference for the advancement of reproductive justice. Bringing together activists, advocates, artists, movement leaders, organizers, community members, students, educators, medical professionals, attorneys, policy makers, public health professionals, researchers, scientists, and funders, the conference is an opportunity for those across many issues to unite around reproductive rights.
- Working towards safe and smooth reintegration for LGBTQ+ people returning home from prison: Black and Pink opened ‘Lydon House’, the first non-state controlled transitional community housing for LGBTQ+ people who are returning home from prison. The home will impact thousands of LGBTQ+ people in Nebraska, providing shelter, hot meals, and a community space for individuals to come together.
- Providing critical medical, legal, bail, and direct service support for refugees: As part of the LA for Refugees working group, the Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) has been working in partnership with the Central American Resource Center. The LA for Refugees working group was formed in response to the growing number of migrant caravans, and IYC has now facilitated 10 trips to the Southern border to support refugees by ensuring they have access to professional medical and legal expertise, as well as basic supplies.
Please join us in celebrating the work of these inspiring grantee partners, and read more about their work in the links below.*
U.S. Fund Grantee Partners*
*Note: We do not publicize a number of our courageous grantee partners because of security threats they face in their local contexts, so organizations may be missing from this list.
APIENC (API Equality – Northern California)
Audre Lorde Project
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Black and Brown Workers Cooperative
Black and Pink
Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project
Black Trans Media
BreakOUT New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice
BYP100 Education Fund
Communities United for Police Reform
Community United Against Violence, Inc.
El/La Para Translatinas
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Freedom to Thrive
Garden of Peace Project
Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network Southeast
Girls for Gender Equity
Immigrant Youth Coalition
Invisible to Invincible (“i2i”): API Pride of Chicago
Law for Black Lives
Montana Two Spirit Society
National Network of Abortion Funds
National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
Out in the Open
Project South and members of the Southern Movement Assembly
Providence Youth Student Movement
Queer & Trans People of Color Birthwerq Project
Racial Justice Action Center, (SNaP Co and Women on the Rise)
Southern Vision Alliance
Southerners on New Ground
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW
The Knights and Orchids Society
Trans Queer Pueblo
Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable and Empowering
Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project
Women With a Vision
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