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Commemorating #TDoR202

Trans people across the globe continue to face systemic and systematic forms of violence and exclusion. The world has been and continues to be unsafe for #transgender people – this needs to end now. This Trans Day of Remembrance (#TDoR2021), the ITF joins the world in honoring those in our communities who were murdered over the past year. the Trans Murder Monitoring registered 375 reports of trans and gender-diverse people killed worldwide between 1st October 2020 and 30th September 2021. We call for an immediate end to this senseless act of violence. We at the ITF remain resolute and resilient in our cause to end all forms of violence against trans and gender-diverse people.

FAQ: All About the ITF’s Grantmaking

We’re very excited to share a new resource that explains our grantmaking and how we make decisions at the ITF. We believe that in order to disrupt power dynamics in philanthropy, we need to be intentionally and continuously transparent and accountable to trans movements about how we allocate resources and how decisions get made.

Last week our Grant Making Panel (GMP) met to select grantee partners for the 5th grant cycle. This will be the ITF’s largest grant cycle yet, but even so we are only able to fund 14% of the eligible applications we received from trans-led groups this year. As we share the results with the applicants, we know some groups will feel excitement and joy at becoming grantee partners while others will be frustrated and disappointed at not being selected for funding. We want to share information about how these difficult decisions get made and provide information to support groups that are interested in applying for funding in our next cycle.

You can read more at 
FAQ: All About the ITF’s Grantmaking

ITF Welcomes Cleopatra Kambugu to the Steering Committee

The ITF is delighted to introduce Cleopatra Kambugu as the newest member of our Steering Committee.

Cleo is based in Uganda and is a Director of Programmes at UHAI EASHRI, an indigenous activist fund that resources sex worker, trans, non binary, intersex, gender minorities and LGB sexual minorities and their organising in the seven Eastern African countries of Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, with broader strategic support to Pan African organising. In this position she oversees UHAI’s programmes which revolve around grantmaking, capacity support, knowledge evaluation and learning. She serves on the Advisory activist Board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Global Philanthropy Project’s Trans and Intersex working group and TGEU’s TMM and TvT advisory committee to provide an Afrocentric lens to trans funding and organising on the continent.

Cleo is also a protagonist in the world acclaimed documentary and web docu series The Pearl of Africa, which chronicles her journey navigating health as a trans person in East Africa, negotiating shifting family relationships as she transitions and speaking to the universality and affirmation of trans love and their partners.

We invite you to learn more our Steering Committee members here.

Update on the ITF and COVID-19

Dear friend,

We are writing to you in relation to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic which is having devastating effects on many people and communities across the globe. As a result of this pandemic, many trans people are dealing with very difficult circumstances – struggling with illness and healthcare systems that are overburdened and grappling with fear and anxiety. Trans people experience unique risks and challenges in a pandemic related to transphobia, discrimination and economic marginalization, which is often exacerbated by racism, xenophobia, poverty, disability and other intersections. As this public health crisis deepens, the ITF wants to express our support and solidarity with trans movements and our allies across the globe.

We also wanted to share some information about the measures we are taking:

  • The ITF is continuing our work: As we already work remotely, we will continue to issue grant payments and support grantee partners. Our Grant Making Panel (GMP) is in the process of reviewing applications to the 4th grant cycle. We are supporting our staff, Steering Committee, GMP and grantee partners at this difficult time. All ITF travel has been suspended until further notice.
  • The in-person GMP meeting is on hold: The GMP meeting where new grantee partners are selected was scheduled for June. This meeting is now on hold as we cannot in good conscience put the health and safety of our community at risk. While we monitor the situation, we are also looking at creative ways to allocate grants this year. Our intention is to stay on schedule and select grantee partners and disburse grants by August 2020.
  • Flexible funding: As a funder, we understand that COVID-19 may require shifts in our grantee partners work and strategy. We recognize that certain programs, meetings or other grant activities may be cancelled or postponed. We stand ready to find flexibility in our grants to help grantee partners respond to these challenges wherever possible.

The ITF’s work matters now more than ever, and we are deeply committed to supporting trans-led groups in their efforts to build our movements and promote rights, health and wellbeing. Despite the challenges that we are facing, this is also an opportunity for us to reach out and connect with each other and our communities.

On behalf of all of us at the ITF, we send our best wishes for your health and security and stand in solidarity as you continue your crucial work.

Deadline to Apply for a Grant Extended to December 6, 2019

The ITF has extended the deadline to apply for a grant to December 6, 2019 at 5pm (EST/New York time). We welcome applications from trans-led organizations with budgets below $150,000 USD based in any region of the world.

The application form can be downloaded from our website (here). The form is available in English, French, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. We have also created Application Guidelines (with tips on how to write a strong application), which you will find here.

If you have questions, please contact info@transfund.org

Two Weeks Left to Apply to the ITF’s Fourth Grant Cycle

The ITF welcomes applications from trans-led organizations with budgets below $150,000 USD based in any region of the world. The deadline to apply is December 2, 2019 at 5pm (EST/New York time).

The application form can be downloaded from our website (here). The form is available in English, French, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. We have also created Application Guidelines (with tips on how to write a strong application), which you will find here.

If you have questions, please contact info@transfund.org

Trans Pre-Conference Report

The ITF partnered with UHAI-EASHRI to hold a Trans Pre-Conference as part of Changing Faces, Changing Spaces (CFCS) VII on June 18, 2019. The Trans Pre-Conference brought together 35 participants from more than 15 countries in Africa, representing diverse trans sexual and gender minority groups. The main objective of the Trans Pre-Conference was to facilitate the participation of trans activists to engage in discussions on how to strengthen trans movement building in Africa. The agenda was structured to include a mixture of small-group activities and large-group discussions. Each area of the agenda was intentionally sequential, building on previous sessions to connect the threads of discussions and link issues and strategies. Learning was participatory and included plenary discussions, breakout sessions and opportunities to network and share experiences. Read the Trans Pre-Conference Report.

Open Letter on the Situation in Uruguay

The International Trans Fund (ITF) calls on the Government of Uruguay to support the human rights of trans people and reject the call for a referendum on August 4th, 2019. The Government must challenge the campaign of misinformation and the deliberate fear mongering against the trans community.

In October 2018, Uruguay became an international beacon of human rights by passing the Integral Law for Trans Persons which was rooted in compassion, respect and the promotion of dignity of trans people. This progressive piece of legislation affirms the identity of trans people and supports their access to life saving medical treatment, including young trans people who are particularly vulnerable and need support. The law took a pro-active approach to supporting trans people by mandating that 1% of government jobs be reserved for trans people and establishing a pension to compensate transgender people who were persecuted during Uruguay’s 1973-1985 military dictatorship. This law is in line with international human rights best practice such as Yogyakarta Principles plus 10, a set of principles based on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.

The current misinformation campaign and backlash facing the trans community in Uruguay is disturbing and dangerous. The call for a referendum to repeal this law is based on the malicious targeting of the trans community and the false assertion that this law gives “preferential treatment” to trans people and is unconstitutional. This approach does not espouse democratic principles and fosters hatred, violence and discrimination against this marginalized community.

We also want to express our solidarity with Colectivo Trans del Uruguay and all of civil society in Uruguay who are fighting this injustice. The majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority. The political function of rights is to protect minorities from oppression by majorities. Trans people are valuable and contributing members to Uruguay society and need to be supported through upholding their human rights.

Masen Davis and Ymania  Brown
Co-Chairs of the International Trans Fund

Trans Pre-Conference at CFCS VII

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is looking forward to welcoming you to the Trans Pre-Conference at CFCS VII on June 18, 2019. We are excited to partner with UHAIEASHRI to create a space for almost 40 trans activists from the continent to come together to share experiences, strategize and identify priorities for the pan-African trans movement. We also know that funding is crucial to your work, so as part of the pre-conference we will create a space to meet donors who are funding in Africa and share information on how to apply to the ITF.

We are pleased to share the agenda with you (click here). You can find the full agenda, including descriptions of each session and panelist profiles (click here). Please note that the Trans Pre-Conference will start at 8:30am. Registration will take place between 8:00 – 8:30am.

If you have questions about the Trans Pre-Conference, please contact Mukasa: kimm@transfund.org

UHAIEASHRI are taking care of all the logistics to get you to CFCS. If you have any questions, please contact Roselyn Odoyo: roselyn@uhai-eashri.org

Meet Our New Steering Committee Members

The ITF is delighted to introduce our three new Steering Committee members: Natasha Jiménez, Jabulani (Jabu) Pereira and Wiktor Dynarski. Natasha and Jabu join as activist members who have extensive experience working within global trans movements. Natasha is a Costa Rican trans/intersex activist with 30 years experience. She is currently a Consultant in trans and intersex issues and General Coordinator at Mulabi/Latin American Sexualities and Rights AreaJabu is the Executive Director of Iranti, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has worked in the human rights sector for 27 years. Wiktor joins as a funder representative, currently working as a Program Officer with the Open Society Public Health Program and has a long history of trans activism in Europe. We invite you to learn more about Natasha, Jabu and Wiktor here.


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