TAKE Resource Center

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My name is Daroneshia Duncan, and I am a trans woman of color born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. In the past three years, I’ve worked to bring attention to the transgender population here in Birmingham, especially the trans women of color community. In 2013, I created TAKE (Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable EMPOWERING), a peer support…

Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Charleston

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Through the LGBTQ Rights Toolkit Fund, an initiative of the Southern Equality Fund (SEF), the Campaign for Southern Equality provided a grant of $3,000 to We Are Family to support the Charleston YOUth Count. This will be the first ever assessment of youth housing instability and food insecurity in Charleston. “We Are Family has experienced a…

Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the LGBTQ South

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One half of all HIV diagnoses nationally occur in the South and 52 percent of all AIDS deaths occur in our region, according to the Center for Disease Control. Simply put, HIV is a crisis in the South, especially among LGBTQ folks. Approximately half of all transgender people who received an HIV diagnosis from 2009 to…

Trans Leadership Initiative: Interview with Suzy Geronimo

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The former director of the Southern Equality Fund Chloe Stuber interviewed Suzy Geronimo, Founder and Executive Director of FUM (Fuerza y Unión Múltiple), and member of the Trans Leadership Initiative (TLI). Suzy Geronimo is from Cherán, Michoacán in México and has been a resident of Henderson, NC for more than 20 years. She is the Founder…

Pay it Forward: A New Way To Fund Grassroots LGBTQ Organizing In The South

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Responsive Philanthropy Summer 2017, a publication of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, recently featured an article written by CSE’s Executive Director Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara. The article gives an in-depth look into our analysis behind the Southern Equality Fund, and why it’s imperative to channel funding and support to grassroots organizers in this moment. “When…

Trans Justice Funding Project

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(Applications will open December 2017) Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?  Are you a group? Are you a grassroots, trans justice group run by and for trans people? Is your group’s total budget less than $250,000? Are you located in the United States or Puerto Rico? Are you centering the leadership of trans people organizing…

Appalachian Community Fund

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ACF provides grants to community-based organizations working for social, economic, racial and environmental justice. We support community organizing for social change that is community-led and community-based, addressing root causes and systemic issues, and understanding forms of oppression, especially racism. We encourage organizations that have developed a realistic plan for achieving change. We place a priority on work…

#WeAreThis Queer & Trans Youth Mobilization Fund

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The #WeAreThis Queer & Trans Youth Mobilization Fund is a rapid response fund created to support community mobilizations and projects that advance Queer and Trans liberation. The goals of this fund is to support queer and trans people of color on the frontlines of struggles for freedom and liberation. Many queer and trans people of…

Trans Leadership Initiative @ Camp GenderBenders 2017

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This past weekend the leaders participating in the Trans Leadership Initiative (TLI) came together in person for the first time in Toccoa, GA, at Camp GenderBenders, an intergenerational annual summer camp led by and for trans and GNC people, coordinated by GenderBenders SC. TLI leaders participated in a panel to share about their work and…

Webinar: Funding for Grassroots Change

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Some of the most visionary work in the South is often planned at the dinner table and funded out-of-pocket by grassroots leaders. These leaders sacrifice their time money, health and safety to make change in their home towns. Grassroots LGTBQ leadership is crucial to achieving lived and legal equality in the South, but it is also…

Resist. – General Support and Emergency Grants

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Resist’s theory of social change is rooted in the belief that when communities most impacted by injustices come together, organize, address root causes, and take direct action powerful social change happens. Resist believes in grassroots organizing, creativity, and power. That is why we strive to be a very different type of foundation. We are a…

Webinar: LGBTQ in the South – Telling Your Story with Data

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Data can be a powerful storytelling tool, yet historically there has been a lack of reliable statistics about LGBTQ Southerners. Thanks to the Williams Institute, that’s changing. We now have a growing body of data telling an important and multi-layered story about LGBTQ Southerners – that ⅓ of all LGBTQ people in our country live…

Urgent Action Fund – Rapid Response

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Funding to support interventions by activists in a strategic and timely manner. Rapid Response Grants are mechanisms for quick, flexible, and short-term funding to respond to unexpected security threats or advocacy opportunities. Requests can be made up to $5,000 for activities to be carried out within 3-months of the grant. Urgent Action Fund accepts applications in…

Rapid Response: Safe Schools Safe Communities

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We hear from people every day that they don’t feel safe. Over the past year, we’ve witnessed an alarming increase of hate crimes against religious minorities. As of April 24, nine trans women of color have been killed this year, four in the South alone. ICE presence in communities has increased significantly, causing families to fear picking…

Trans Leadership Initiative: Interview with L.B. Bell

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By Britney Nesbit, Hometown Organizing Project Coordinator Mississippi native, L.B. Bell, is an advocate for LGBT inclusivity in his community and across the South. He is committed to creating safer spaces in his community by resisting discriminatory, anti-LGBT laws like Mississippi’s House Bill 1523. L.B.is a father, husband, farmer, physician and founder of The Black…

Groundswell Rapid Response Fund

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Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund: fills a critical gap in the philanthropic landscape, fast funding to grassroots organizations in unexpected fights to protect and advance RJ. Attacks on reproductive justice have risen dramatically over the last decade and the lack of rapid response funding, particularly to community-rooted organizations led by people of color, has resulted in…

Fund for Trans Generations – Rapid Response

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The Fund for Trans Generations (FTG) Rapid Response Fund is a project of Borealis Philanthropy As we have witnessed recently and historically, the conditions of trans communities can change rapidly due to increased visibility and transphobic attacks by individuals and institutions. Organizations and communities often need additional resources to respond quickly to organized opposition and…

Flush Transphobia Fund – Rapid Response

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A rapid response fund for direct action and community mobilizing in response to anti-trans legislation. Third Wave’s Flush Transphobia Fund is a rapid response fund that supports the leadership of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth of color and low-income youth to respond to anti-trans legislation and ballot initiatives. How it works: Proposals are accepted…

Mobilize Power Fund – Rapid Response

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A rapid response fund for direct action, community mobilization, and healing justice. Available to coalitions, organizations, and non-501(c)(3) efforts. Open all year and accepts proposals in many formats: written narrative, a phone call, or a short video. Dedicated to work led by young women of color, queer, trans, and intersex youth of color and low-income…

Emergent Fund – Ongoing Rapid Response

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GET READY – FIGHT BACK The 2016 election results present immediate threats to a wide range of communities who were belittled, criminalized and attacked during the presidential campaign – immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. These communities need increased capacity so that they can respond, act…