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Resourcing Trans Movements Worldwide

According to 340 trans organisations surveyed by the American Jewish World Service and Global Action for Trans Equality in 2013, more than 50% of trans group operated on an annual budget of less than USD10,000, almost two-thirds said they had no resources, and trans-led organisations were even less likely to receive foundation funding. To address this disparity, a group of international trans activists and donors have come together to create the first International Trans Fund.

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a new activist and funder-led initiative. The ITF aims to increase the capacity of the trans movement to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing.

In order for the ITF to effectively address the funding gaps impacting trans groups, the ISC has made engaging new funders in trans-related investments and strategies one of its main goals.

Mission & Purpose

The working mission of the Fund is to create sustainable resources for strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address – and ideally eliminate – funding gaps impacting on trans groups across the globe. The intended purpose of the Trans Fund is to:

Build and sustain a mechanism to support trans-led groups of different sizes working on a range of issues at the international, regional, country, and local levels, with a particular emphasis on smaller groups and/or groups with access to fewer resources.

Increase resources and enhance access to resources to support trans movements (including financial resources dedicated to trans-led organisations and groups through grant making; access to non-financial resources for trans organisations, such as skills building, organisational strengthening, and activist support; and increasing access to other and new donors).

Educate our peers in the philanthropic community on trans issues and influence other funders and strategic allies in trans-related investments and strategies.

Who we are

The creation of the International Trans Fund is being led by an Interim Steering Committee (iSC) consisting of trans activists and funders from regions around the world.

The International Trans Fund emerged as a project at Global Action for Trans Equality.

The development of the International Trans Fund is supported by the Global Philanthropy Project and funders including the American Jewish World Service, Arcus Foundation, the Levi Strauss Foundation, Open Society Foundation and an Anonymous Donor. The ITF is also supported by the Mexican Government Council to Prevent Discrimination of Mexico City. The ITF is fiscally hosted at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

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Broden Giambrone is a trans activist with over fifteen years’ experience in community organising, activism and capacity building in trans communities. Before joining the ITF, Broden was the Chief Executive of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) for six years. In this position, he took a leadership role in TENI's high level advocacy and lobbying for the introduction of the Gender Recognition Act 2015, a legal recognition law based on self-determination. Broden also spearheaded TENI’s STAD (Stop Transphobia and Discrimination) campaign which documented violence and discrimination against trans people and raised awareness about transphobia. He is an experienced public speaker and has delivered presentations across the globe and has been published in numerous academic journals and media outlets. Broden has a long record of involvement and leadership in intersectional social justice campaigns related to issues of self-determination, bodily integrity and harm reduction. He holds a Master’s in Public Health (Health Promotion) from the University of Toronto, which focused on community development and policy development in the field of trans health.


Kim Mukasa is a lawyer with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Taxation and Revenue Administration. Through the years in trans activism, he has been passionately committed to empowering vulnerable communities through representation in local, regional and international platforms. Mukasa participated in the organizing and establishment of the International Trans Fund. He has strong experience in forced migration and sexual and gender based violence including advocacy with civil society, capacity building of state actors and engagements with health and legal aid providers. He helped co-found Trans Network Uganda. With an active campaign to an intersectionality approach, Mukasa has been instrumental in mentoring the first sexual and gender non-conforming refugee support group ‘Les Anges’. He has participated in strategic litigation cases, legal reform, proposing an all-inclusive health care system, and accountability for sexual offences.


Azure D. Osborne-Lee is an artist, activist, and administrator living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He holds a Master of Arts in Advanced Theatre Practice from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama as well as a Master of Arts in Women’s & Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Azure also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English & Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. He has studied and lived in the US, Argentina, Mexico, and the UK. Azure is a recipient of the inaugural Field Leadership Fund Arts Manager Fellowship (2015-2017), the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Award (2015), and is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Playwriting (2015, 2016). Azure has spoken on panels about queer and trans representation in theatre at Brown University, BroadwayCon, and Samuel French & Playbill’s Identity Week. Before joining International Trans Fund, Azure served in the Grants Department of Brooklyn Arts Council for two years. He is excited to continue the complementary work of art-making and administration as he works at ITF.

Our Guiding Principles

Shared values are critical to the development of the Fund. The interim Steering Committee has developed a set of principles to guide their work:

  • The Trans Fund is audacious. We take calculated risks, break down barriers, and embrace new initiatives inspired by our communities.
  • We believe in working together to create a world where all people are valued, respected, and celebrated.
  • We hold self-determination as a core value. Trans leadership, decision making and power are critical to the Fund. We believe trans people are creative and resilient, and fully capable of creating, improving, and sustaining their communities and movements.
  • The Trans Fund is part of the broader human rights and social justice communities.
  • We come from multiple places, histories, experiences, politics, and identities.
  • We value the diversity of trans movements (including gender identity, bodily autonomy, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, geography, age, disability, religion, class/socioeconomic status), and respect and honour our differences.
  • We value the wellbeing, safety, security, and sustainability of trans activists and movements, and strive to do no harm. We believe trans people should be equitably compensated for their expertise and labour.
  • We respect each other, acknowledging we have different levels of power and privilege. We work together with integrity and hold ourselves accountable to trans movements.
  • We strive to be transparent in our work while protecting the safety and confidentiality of activists and organizations.
  • We are responsive to trans communities, and believe the Fund’s responses must be flexible and accessible to meet the needs of trans movements.
  • We treat each other with kindness, humour, and best intent.

Opportunities

At this moment there are no available opportunities, please check back on a regular basis or follow our announcements on Facebook.