As we approach all of the Pride festivities this weekend, we wanted to take a moment to pause and shine a light on some really great organizations doing important work to help the LGBTQ+ Community. Grapevine Changemaker Cole Giannone has put together a fund of nonprofits that represents organizations lead by trans folks of color.
Cole wanted to make sure to uplift organizations that hire trans women of color. Trans women of color face disproportionate rates of violence, homelessness, incarceration, and poverty — all of which these organizations are fighting to end.
Learn more below from Cole about these organizations and what they’re doing. Then consider donating. If you sign up for a Grapevine account before June 30th, we’ll give you a free $3 to donate to Cole’s Trans* POC Lead Organizations.
New York Transgender Advocacy Group
NYTAG has been making New York a safer place for trans folks through fighting for local legislation and training people on their rights. They helped our state legislature finally pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and host an annual TLGBQI Advocacy Day in Albany. Supporting advocacy lead by trans women of color is a great cause to donate to.
If you go to their site you’ll see how this community org uplifts the Translatinx and broader trans community. They have been at the forefront of fighting for those who are undocumented, sex workers, and those who do not speak English as a first language. They post Resiliency stories that exemplify how strong and powerful the members of our trans community are.
Focused on the economic empowerment of queer communities of color, this organization is in the Bronx and works closely with folks experiencing homelessness. In my perspective, Destination Tomorrow was born out of the organic networks of care that queer people have provided to one another throughout history and it’s important for us to support organizations that sustain folks to be able to do that for one another.
Marsha P. Johnson Institute
It is very exciting that the Marsha P. Johnson Institute launched this year. Founded by Elle Hearns, MPJI fights for the liberation of black women in honor of the life and legacy of Marsha P. Johnson.
Princess Janae Place
This is an organization located in the Bronx, named after a transwoman who experienced homelessness who passed away from cancer. PJP is active in housing advocacy so that trans people have access to safe and affirming housing. I had the pleasure of working with PJP on efforts to amend the NY State Runaway & Homeless Youth Act a few years ago and believe your donation will help them continue to do great work.