Investing in Black Queer & Trans Lives

“Give Black trans women flowers while they are alive. “

@iamjarijones

Pride month is ending, but the fight for Black trans & queer lives does not end on July 1. Violence against transgender, gender non-conforming folks, and queer folks, especially Black folks and folks of color, is an epidemic in the United States and globally. Visit the Human Rights Campaign to learn more.

Please research the Black-led LGBTQIA+ organizations below. Contribute if you are able, or save for when you get your next birthday check, bonus, or you have the ability. To quote @annika.izora: “Make your ongoing reparations plan.”

I will update this post as I find additional resources.

National

Black AIDS Institute (National) aims to stop the AIDS epidemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals.

Black Transmen Inc (National) is the First National Non-Profit Organization of African American transmen focused on acknowledgement, equality, social advocacy and empowering transmen with resources to aid in a healthy transition and human experience.

The Brown Boi Project (National) is a community of people working across race and gender to eradicate sexism, homophobia and transphobia and create healthy frameworks of masculinity and change.

For The Gworls (National) raises money to assist with Black trans folks’ rent and affirmative surgery.

LGBTQ Freedom Fund (National) posts bail to secure the safety and liberty of people in jail and immigration detention.

The NQTTOC Network or The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (National) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color.

The Trans Justice Funding Project (National) is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people.

Transgender Law Center (National) changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

TWOCC or Trans Women of Color Collective (National) exists to create revolutionary change by uplifting the narratives, leadership, and lived experience of trans people of color.

By State

Black Trans Travel Fund (NY & NJ) is a mutual-aid fund that provides Black transgender women with the financial resources necessary for them to be able to access their safest alternatives to travel.

Brave Space Alliance (Chicago, IL) is dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us-by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city.

BTFA Collective or Black Trans Femmes in the Arts (NYC) connects the community of black trans women and non-binary femmes in the arts & build community power.

BreakOUT! (New Orleans, LA) seeks to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth to build a safer and more just New Orleans.

The BQI Collective (Ohio) is a grassroots community organization that works towards the liberation of Black queer, trans, and intersex people through direct action, community organizing, education, and creating space to uplift community voices.

Emergency Release Fund (New York, NY) ensures that no trans person at risk in New York City jails remains in detention before trial.

Femmepremacy (NYC) is a safe QTPOC party/workshop/event space centering black femmes and the beautiful folks that love them.

FIERCE (NYC) is an LGBTQ youth of color-led organization that builds the leadership, political consciousness, and organizing skills of LGBTQ youth by organizing campaigns to fight police harassment and violence and increase access to safe public space for LGBTQ youth.

Gender Justice (Los Angeles, CA) is an organization centering on low-income folks so that communities can resist oppression, develop community responses to violence, heal from present & historical trauma, and come together in ways that feel brave & affirming.

The HAF Project or The Heavenly Angel Fund (NYC) pays for car rides for Black transgender women to get tested for COVID-19 and get care packages to Black trans women who have been tested for the virus.

HBTW Fund or The Homeless Black Trans Women Fund (Atlanta, GA) is a fund for the community of Black Trans women that live in Atlanta and are sex workers and/or homeless.

House of GG (Little Rock, AR) creates programs, services, and resources that positive impact the lives, history, and visibility of Transgender, gender-questioning, and gender-nonconforming people.

Princess Janae Place (New York, NY) provides referrals to housing for chronically homeless LGBTQ adults in the New York Tri-state area, with direct emphasis on Trans/GNC people of color.

Queer The Land (Seattle, WA) is a collaboration project grounded in the self-determination of QTBIPOC to create a movement-building space that can generate income and become a political hub for QTBIPOC community organizing.

SD Black Queer Housing (San Diego, CA) is a mutual aid fund for Black queers in immediate need of safe housing based.

SNaP Co. or The Solutions Not Punishment Collective (Atlanta, GA) is a black trans and queer led collaborative that organizes campaigns to force systematic divestment from the prison industrial complex.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (New York) is an organization working to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.

TGI Justice Project (California) is a group of transgender, gender variant, and intersex people – inside and outside of prisons, jails, and detention centers.

The Transgender District (San Francisco, CA) aims to stabilize and economically empower the transgender community through ownership of homes, business, historic and cultural sites, and safe community spaces.

International

The Okra Project (Global) is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People.

Shades of Colour (Edmonton & Alberta) is a space founded by and for members of the community for QTIBPOCs that provides ongoing support through arts, writing, music, story sharing, meet-ups, and interactive workshops.

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