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Panel Discussion: Combating Transphobic Legislation

On May 17th please join us for a panel discussion in celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). The theme of this year’s panel is Combating Transphobic Legislation. Over the past several years, bills targeting the rights of trans and nonbinary individuals have been introduced in a wave of anti-trans legislation in different countries. Brave activists have successfully challenged many such efforts by lobbying policymakers and engaging in public advocacy.

We are bringing together a diverse panel of trans activists from across the world to discuss their experience in mobilizing resources, organizing their communities, and fighting for trans rights on the legislative level.

Moderator: Viviane Vergueiro Simakawa (ITF)

Date: 17 May 2022

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 EST

Interpretation: Spanish, Russian

Please note that registration is required to access this webinar.

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Meet the Panelists

Hua Boonyapisomparn – Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Nachale Boonyapisomparn, Hua as people know her, is an experienced transgender activist and a transgender woman. She has worked with organizations and groups of all sizes – from local non-profit organizations to international organizations and networks.

Particularly, she has been involved in the establishment of the three trans-led organizations – locally, nationally in Thailand, and internationally. This includes being the first program manager at Sisters Foundation, being a founding member of the Foundation of Transgender Alliance for Human Rights (ThaiTGA), and being the first coordinator and a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (APTN). 

Currently, she is a Project Manager of the Intersex and Trans Movement Building Project at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Vice-President of the Thai Foundation Board at Asia Pacific Transgender Network, and a Project Manager of the Trans Health Access Thailand (T-HAT) Project.  

Emmett Schelling – Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT)

Emmett Schelling is a South Korean trans immigrant by way of foreign adoption who leads the largest statewide trans-led advocacy org in Texas. While his primary focus of work is on trans issues, his passion and understanding that individuals at their most whole and fullest are not impacted by single issues, but rather a myriad of issues that often manifest themselves in oppression and marginalization.

Before entering into movement/nonprofit work he came from corporate management after studying Business Management and Marketing in college. He felt compelled to invest deeper into the ongoing work towards collective liberation of trans folks after taking on various levels of community organizing and engagement combined with a series of eye opening events that pulled him into the work he currently does.

As well as currently serving as the Executive Director of Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) Emmett serves on the Community Council for Transform Houston and as a board member of Deeds Not Words, along with being a 2020 Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP) Grantmaking Fellow, and is a Co-Director for the TransFORWARD, a statewide trans powered research collective in Texas. He resides in Houston with his fiancé, child, and two adopted pups who are essentially child 2 and 3.

Alex Castillo – Red Centroamericana de Hombres Trans (REDCAHT)

Alex Castillo is a transsexual man born in Guatemala City. Alex founded Trans-Formation, the first collective of trans men in Central America and works to strengthen the trans leadership in the region. He is also president of REDCADHT+ Network, the American collectives of Trans Men and gender dissident individuals assigned female at birth, which created a movement throughout the Central American and Caribbean region and has recently expanded to Peru, Mexico and Uruguay. In addition to his human rights work, Alex is an administrator, husband, father and grandfather.

Tina Kolos Orban – Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)

Tina Kolos Orban is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Transgender Equality Network Ireland. They previously held the post of Vice President and Project Manager at the Transvanilla Transgender Association, where they were responsible for international relations and advocacy. Tina has also held the posts of Treasurer and Co-Chair with Transgender Europe, the leading representative trans organisation across Europe and Central Asia.

They were a co-founder of Transvanilla in Hungary in 2011 and have worked at both the European Union and United Nations levels. Tina also served on the International Trans Fund’s Grant Making Panel for 2 years. Tina has over eleven years of experience developing, managing, stabilizing and leading trans advocacy organisations on the national and international level. They are experienced in strategic leadership, community organising, and organisational stability and progression.

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We Are Hiring Finance and Operations Senior Officer

Reports to: Director ⬫ Closing Date: April 25, 2022

About the Organization

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self- determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe.

We are looking for a colleague to work in a fast-paced environment where details matter because ultimately, our daily decisions and actions have to serve and meet the needs of trans-led movements across different global contexts. As a team, we value exchange and the instinct to seek help and input. We also value curiosity and a willingness to experiment with new practices to improve our work.

Please read through the following details to see if you’d like to submit an application for this vacancy.

Personal Qualities (personality traits, interests and preferences that describe you)

  • Deep connections to trans movements for social justice.
  • Committed to integrity in the process as well as the outcomes.
  • Creative in solving problems and bringing fresh thinking to obstacles.
  • Comfortable taking the lead when necessary to move things forward.
  • Invested in a positive work environment: shared purpose and shared wellbeing.
  • Ready to take decisions even without an ideal or obvious solution.
  • Comfortable managing multiple tracks of work at once.
  • Open to discussing and exchanging on work with colleagues.
  • The instinct to pull together as a team and to support others around you.

Knowledge (specialist expertise, experience, or access to networks that you bring to the role)

  • Undergraduate degree in Finance,  Accounting, or any other relevant field combined with relative work experience. CA/CPA designation or in the progress is an asset.
  • Proficiency with managing budgets, revenues and expenses of a $2M+ organization. Financial Analysis, Dashboards and financial and non-financial consolidation of information.
  • Familiarity with auditing, accounting for nonprofits, grant management, donors grants and contracts management, internal controls, staff management, payroll and cost accounting principles and practices.
  • Experience working with senior staff and leadership in the development, implementation and maintenance of financial reporting programs, internal controls, accounting databases, financial policies and procedures, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Significant experience with Accounting Software and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems with a preference of QuickBooks.
  • Sensitivity and awareness of cultural, racial, economic and socially diverse communities.
  • Familiarity with human resources management, knowledge of Ontario Employment Standard Act (ESA), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Anti-racism Anti-Oppression (ARAO) and collective self-care practices.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of basic administration management, logistics and operation support to a small but mighty team working virtually and globally.

Skills 

Things you can do independently and effectively

  • Develop and implement accurate cash management strategies and monitor cash position.
  • Track, update and ensure that all funds remitted / transferred are documented and posted into the ledger.
  • Analyze financial data for statement preparation and to support management decisions.
  • Interpret and communicate financial information in a clear and effective manner.
  • Lead audit preparedness and act as primary liaison with external auditors, prepare all financial information for annual audit and implement recommended changes.
  • Participate in processes of shared learning, e.g. help our work and practices to grow stronger.
  • Manage your agenda, prioritize and plan thoughtfully to meet your own – and others’ – deadlines.
  • Engage in collaborative decision-making, co-creation and planning.
  • Accounting data entry based on complete and relevant supporting documents and in accordance with ITF policies and budget.
  • Manage the Human Resources Information System (HRIS) including creating employment and contractors contracts, update the HR system and support the Director in tracking staff paid time off and other HR matters.
  • Support Budget development including budget not limited to new proposals, annual operating budgets and others as required by management and Board.
  • Ensure the organization’s compliance with the Canada Non-Profit Corporations Act, Canada Revenue Agency and other governmental entities.
  • Manage and process the staff payroll, both in Canada and for the non-resident team members.
  • Support team meetings and in-person gathering with the required travel logistics, per diems and hotel bookings.
  • Manage and maintain the organization’s relationship with key service providers for operational services including banks, insurance broker, payroll service provider, IT and others as needed.
  • Develop, maintain and update the organization’s key operational policies including finance, admin, logistics, HR and others as needed.

Finance and Operations Senior Officer Accountabilities (what colleagues can rely on you to do)

Finance Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement accurate cash management strategies and undertake the approval of expenditures for staff, consultants, suppliers, grantees, and other external parties; Manage cash flow and preparation of pipelines for review by the Director to ensure availability of funds for the implementation of program activities for the ITF.
  • Examine financial data, including that related to procurement, for accuracy and compliance with ITF and donor policies and procedures and plan for and facilitate compliance checks and audits.
  • Check and authorize entries for coding and posting to the QuickBooks ledger system ensuring accuracy and prompt processing.
  • Perform review of reconciliations of subsidiary schedules/records for all Balance Sheet Accounts, to GL control account reviewing transactions and reconciling various accounts/balances relating to ledger balances; Review of the bank reconciliations.
  • Monitor cash position including preparation of remittance requests on a timely basis; Track, update and ensure that all other funds remitted / transferred are duly documented and posted into the ledger.
  • Review invoices and other payment vouchers prior to submitting them for approval ensuring accuracy and correctness and that amounts due and payable are indicated on the invoices; Keep proper record of all prepayments, accruals and related accounts.
  • Ensure audit preparedness and attend to the needs of auditors by way of participating in pre-audit meetings, prepare audit schedules as per checklist made available and any other pertinent supporting analysis; Act as primary liaison with external auditors, prepare all financial information for annual audit, implement recommended changes.
  • Prepare monthly payroll payments in time.
  • Vet, review and ensure all other payments (cash, transfers, etc.) are duly supported.
  • Prepare financial statements (P&L, balance sheet, cash flow, variance analysis) and generate financial reports to senior management, Board and Donors.
  • Ensure that all monthly tax payments, statutory & regulatory deductions & other returns are accurate & complete as well as they are remitted in time; Ensure timely preparation of tax returns & other forms to tax authorities.
  • Support in the development of financial policies and procedures.
  • Work with the Director on annual budget preparation and new proposals’ development.
  • Manage the corporate credit card programs including card issuance, monthly statement settlement collection of supporting documents and reconciliation with QuickBooks.
  • Manage and perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

Operations Responsibilities

  • Prepare contracts for staff, contractors and other service providers following the ITF’s policies and guidelines.
  • Liaison with key service providers to ensure quality and cost effective services are provided to the ITF and its team including IT, travel, insurance, etc.
  • Ensure the fulfillment and compliance with the organization’s HR policies and practices including supporting the team with their health and wellness reimbursement, group health program management (for the Canadian staff) and responding to staff inquiries about eligibility of expenses and other personnel issues.
  • Ensure the fulfillment of the ITF’s obligations towards the Government of Canada reporting requirements (e.g. Annual Corporation Return, Tax Return and others, update the organizing documents as needed).
  • Manage and perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is based in Canada, preferably in Ontario although it is primarily work from home. The ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position, therefore only individuals who are eligible to work in Canada are invited to apply. While we unfortunately cannot provide a work permit/visa sponsorship for this positions, persons who are eligible and originate from a Global South country are encouraged to apply.
  • The salary range is between $50,000 and $60,000 USD/year commensurate with experience.  We offer a competitive benefit package including Extended Health Care, RRSP, Wellness and paid time-off policy among other things.
  • Travel may be required from time to time depending on public health advice and the organization’s internal plans and assessment.
  • As one of the few trans-led funders in the philanthropic space, we are committed to expanding the circle of trans people active in this sector. Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • We are committed to representing the diversity that exists across the trans community. We especially welcome applicants who are typically underrepresented in leadership positions, including trans women and feminine people, people of color, Black folks, sex workers, people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We continue to strive to make our workplace accessible and look for ways to challenge white supremacist culture. We acknowledge that we aren’t there yet, we recognize that this is an ongoing work for the organization, and we know that this will require us to demonstrate – rather than describe – our commitment in the practices of the organization.

Application Steps

  1. Application- Submit CV and Cover letter describing your connection to our vision, mission and your understanding of the Finance and Operations Senior Officer role.
  2. Interview with tasks linked to the role (selected by invitation) – Zoom interviews, which provide an opportunity to demonstrate how you’d approach the role, for us to get to know your working process and for you to hear more about the day-to-day work environment at the ITF.

We will inform candidates of the outcome of their application at each step.

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Please submit an application by April 25, 2022.

Donate to support trans, queer and LGBTQI people affected by the war in Ukraine

The International Trans Fund team is continually monitoring the situation in Ukraine. We are paying close attention to how the war is affecting trans communities and providing support to our partners. 

In this difficult time, many Ukrainians are under attack and they need urgent help. We compiled a list of links to donate to trans, queer and LGBTQI organizations providing vital support to communities affected by this crisis. Every bit makes an impact. Please consider donating to them if you can:

OutRight Action International Fundraiser to Support LGBTQI Ukranians

European Pride Organisers Association Fundraiser to support KyivPride and KharkivPride with emergency funds 

The Alliance Queere Nothilfe Ukraine

Urgent Action Fund’s Urgent Response Fund: Ukraine

Donate Directly to Queer and Young Feminist Organizations

ILGA-Europe’s List of Organizations

AllOut Emergency Funds for Ukraine

 

Statement from KyivPride

International Trans Fund stands in solidarity with people affected by the war in Ukraine. We are sharing a statement from KyivPride, a Ukrainian LGBT+ organization.
“Today we are facing something that seemed to be impossible in the modern world: a real war. With bombs falling from the sky. With people dying. With soldiers trying to fight back the thoroughly prepared operation of an invasion into Ukraine and turning it into one of the Russian colonies.
As LGBTQI people, we are threatened, and we have no illusion that the Russian government will tolerate us. We need the world to act now.
We need the community around the world, as a political power, to address the government of their country and to call upon them for immediate action. Ukraine needs their help and support right now:
– a no-fly zone over Ukraine to secure Ukrainian airspace and protect civilians from Russian air attacks;
– providing weapons systems to Ukraine immediately;
– providing humanitarian support.
This is a very new way to protect human rights for us. Fighting Russian soldiers today means fighting for freedoms and rights for LGBTQI as well.
Economic sanctions towards Russia must be introduced immediately, including removing Russia from the SWIFT International Payments System. We don’t have time. We are under the threat of bombing and Russians occupying the streets of our cities today.
The Ukrainian LGBTQI community is under huge attack now. This is not only a threat to human rights and freedoms but also a threat to life.
We are scrolling the news not knowing what the next moment will bring. Russians already invaded Ukraine and are coming closer to our houses to take away all we gained after the years and years of our fight for human rights. Please take action. Please call your government to act now.”

ITF is looking for a consultant to conduct an impact evaluation of the International Trans Fund (ITF)

 

Location: Remote 
Application Deadline: 4th March 2022 (Midnight Toronto, Canada)
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Position Level: International Consultant
Languages Required: English  
Starting Date: 20th March 2022
Duration of Contract: Up to 30 working days over a period of 5 months 

from 20 March 2020 till 31 August 2022

 

BACKGROUND
The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a participatory grantmaking fund consisting of trans activists and donors. The ITF aims to increase the capacity of trans movements to self-organize and effectively advocate for trans people’s freedom from violence and discrimination, social inclusion, access to justice, self-determination, and well-being. The ITF’s long-term goals include:

  1. Build & Sustain the Fund | 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 groups with access to fewer resources.
  2. Resource Trans Movements | Increase resources and enhance access to resources to support trans movements, including:
    • Access to financial resources dedicated to trans-led organizations and networks, through grant making.
    • Access to non-financial resources for trans organizations, such as skills building, organizational strengthening, leadership development and activist support.
    • Access to other and new donors for trans organizations, beyond the ITF’s direct support.
  3. Educate Philanthropic Community | Educate peers in the philanthropic community on trans issues and influence other funders and strategic allies in trans-related commitments and strategies.

The ITF is the only global participatory grant maker that is exclusively dedicated to supporting trans-led groups to secure rights for trans people and improve the lived realities of trans individuals. The ITF is led by well-established and respected trans activists that have strong links to trans-led groups in all regions. Since its founding in 2015, the ITF has leveraged more than $10 million for the global trans movement. Resourcing trans movements means supporting, sustaining, and amplifying the work its leaders are already accomplishing. Over five grant cycles, the ITF has allocated $3.877M to 134 trans-led groups in 80 countries. The Fund continues to engage funders and bolster our long-term sustainability.

The ITF is currently in its 6th year of implementation and seeks to conduct an impact evaluation study of the organization and its past 5 grant making cycles.

OBJECTIVE
The objective of this project is to enable the International Trans Fund (ITF) assess its impact over the past 5 years bearing in mind its expanded areas of intervention with a view to strengthen and enhance the ITF’s impact in delivering on its mandate.

SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANCY

The Consultant will be required to utilize appropriate quantitative and qualitative tools and methods to achieve the objectives of the consultancy services. The scope of the consultancy will include:

  • Review the structure, activities and working methods of the ITF and its governing structures. 
  • Conduct an assessment of the impact of the work, activities and working methods of the ITF vis a vis its mandate including a review of its grantee portfolio. 
  • Produce a report of its findings and recommendations on the Assignment.
  • Dissemination meeting for the Fund’s secretariat and Steering Committee.
  • Develop a Plan of Action for the implementation of the recommendations in the Impact Assessment Report.

KEY DELIVERABLES

  1. A detailed Report that highlights the impact that the ITF and our grantee partners have had from 2017 – 2022.
  2. Availability of a scientific basis upon which the structure and working methods of the Fund can be reviewed and revamped to enable the ITF to deliver better.
  3. Information generated on the ITF’s areas of strength, best practices, and areas for improvement.
  4. A Plan of Action with time frames for Implementation of the Recommendations.

The consultant shall:

  • Work remotely 
  • Submit to the ITF the methodology to be used to conduct the consultancy as well as the work plan indicating timeframes for the assignment.
  • Prepare and submit a draft report for review and validation by the ITF.
  • Organise a validation workshop in collaboration with the ITF’s Secretariat to review and validate the report of its findings and recommendations and plan of action. 
  • Act as a resource person in the validation workshop for the staff of the secretariat and the Fund’s Steering Committee.
  • Prepare a final report which incorporates the observations and comments made to the draft report and plan of action and submit them to the ITF’s secretariat.
  • The report shall be validated only if it is satisfactory and meets the requirements of the ITF. Thus, the Consultant may be required to improve on the document until it meets the requirements of the ITF. 

METHODOLOGY

The methodology of the consultant will be guided (but not limited to) by the following assessment questions and criteria: 

Grantmaking 

  • How has the funding that the ITF has disbursed through grants and other means to trans-led groups made (or not) tangible, positive change in communities?
  • Is the ITF funding reaching groups with limited resources that are engaged in movement building activities?
  • Has the ITF contributed to strengthening trans movement building across the globe over the 5 grant cycles?
  • How effective and efficient is the ITF’s grant making mechanism and processes and has it registered any improvements across the % grant cycles?
  • To what extent is the ITF’s participatory grant making model an effective and an efficient use of its resources?

Institutional Strengthening

  • How has the ITF grown as an organization over the 5 years? 
  • How effective has the ITF been in stewarding and mobilizing resources? 
  • What has the investment in trans leadership and decision-making meant to the organization?
  • What role has the ITF played in developing the skills/capacities of its governing bodies (e.g., Steering Committee and Grant Making Panel)? 

Capacity-Building/Accompaniment

  • Have the activities designed and implemented by the ITF addressed the identified capacity needs and improved the skills of participants? 
  • Has the ITF provided meaningful support/accompaniment to grantee partners? What could be expanded and improved?
  • To what extent has the ITF played a meaningful role in ensuring that trans-led groups are able to access other funding/funders or leveraging new (non-ITF) funding?

Philanthropic Advocacy

    • Has the ITF played a positive role (or any role) in shifting how donors fund trans movements? What, if anything, has changed since the ITF’s inception in philanthropy, specifically the LGBTQI philanthropic space?
  • What is the unique role that the ITF has played within philanthropy as the only international trans participatory grant maker?

Assessment questions and criteria will be fully developed and finalised by the consultant(s) together with the ITF. 

The Consultant(s) will work under the supervision of the ITF Deputy Director.

DURATION OF THE CONSULTANCY

The duration of the consultancy is a maximum of 30 working days between 20th March and 30th August 2022.

PROPOSED BROAD TIMELINE

  • Publication of Call: 5th February 2022
  • Expression of interest close: 4th March 2022
  • Appointment of consulting partner: 20th March 2022
  • Evaluation study: 20th March to 1st August 2022
  • Publication of the study by ITF 1st September 2022

TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Technical and professional experience 

  • Proven experience in working with marginalised and excluded populations. Experience in conducting research with trans people and communities will be an added advantage. 
  • Proven experience and expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. 
  • Proven experience of successfully undertaking project/program baseline, midline or endline evaluations.
  • Proven experience of conducting surveys of similar set-up, size, and scope on a regional or international scale. 
  • Knowledge and experience of participatory assessment / development approaches will be required
  • Broad experience in conducting large surveys (data collection, validation, entry, analysis, and report writing) using multiple mediums and approaches. 
  • Experience of working in complex donor/funder settings. 

LANGUAGES

Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Spanish and other ITF working languages would be an added advantage

DESIRED EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

  • Consultant should have experience and knowledge of the funding challenges that exist within the trans community, especially the funding gaps experienced by trans groups and movements. 
  • Consultant must have international experience in assessing the impacts of grants and knowledge of the grant making and the philanthropic sector.
  • Consultant must have experience and knowledge on gender analysis and integrating questions of gender and diversity in their evaluation and analysis (and ideally have experience in feminist research and analysis).

SELECTION CRITERIA

This Call for Expression of Interest will lead to the preparation of a Short List of consultants. For evaluation of the expressions of interest the following criteria will be applied:

Quality of proposed evaluation design and methodology
-Demonstrating a strong understanding of the analytical / contextual / logistical issues relevant for a study of this type and the objectives of the impact evaluation
40%
Quality of knowledge & expertise
– Relevant expertise, experience, understanding of the issues and ability to collaborate productively in an international setting
25%
Quality of the consultant’s previous related work  15%
Daily rate/Budget  
-Cost and value for money
20%

HOW TO APPLY 

To apply e-mail one document containing:

  • Cover letter including daily rate 
  • CV/Resume including three contactable references 
  • Proposed approach to assignment (2 pages max)
  • Two samples of previous related work 

To [email protected]  on or before the 5th March 2022

 

The ITF Condemns Transphobic Legislation in Guatemala

The ITF strongly condemns a recent transphobic legislative initiative introduced in the Congress of Guatemala. We stand in solidarity with the trans and nonbinary community against a bill that seeks to define trans and non-binary identities as “disorders”, and seeks to criminalize all public debate on trans acceptance and rights. In December 2021, a group of twenty-one lawmakers in Congress’ Commission on Education, Science, and Technology advanced a bill that would stigmatize trans and nonbinary identities and violate children’s and adolescents’ right to education. 

Bill 5940 claims to “protect children from gender identity disorders” when in reality it is a discriminatory attempt to ban the dissemination of any information about trans identity in sex education classes in schools. The bill seeks to impose restrictions on media, requiring programs with gender identity content to be labeled as “not recommended” for minors. Preventing access to science-based information about gender and sexuality for children violates their rights and directly contradicts freedom of speech.

Diversity of gender identity and expression is completely natural for society. Gender is a spectrum and any attempt to demonize gender identity is an attack on human rights. Trans and nonbinary people pose no threat to others and deserve safety, respect and inclusion. 

Pathologizing trans and nonbinary people runs counter to the established international medical consensus. “Gender identity disorder” and “transsexualism” have been removed from the World Health Organization’s latest International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) “Mental and Behavioral Disorders” chapter and are not considered disorders in the medical community. Pathologizing trans identities historically leads to greater violence and motivates hate.

This retrogressive legislative initiative supported by the Congress of Guatemala is unscientific and cruel. It stigmatizes an already vulnerable trans and nonbinary community calling it “a corrupting influence, harmful to children”.  Central America remains among the regions with the highest rates of attacks against trans individuals. Bill 5940 would deepen the stigma and put people’s lives at risk.  Recent reports have shown that the government of Guatemala had failed to adequately protect LGBT people against violence.

We urge the Congress of Guatemala to reject the bill and instead promote respect and equality, focusing on preventing pervasive violence and discrimination that trans and nonbinary people face and uphold children’s right to comprehensive education.

We would like to acknowledge the amazing work done by the trans activist community of Guatemala and our former grantee partner Colectivo Trans-Formacion. You can visit their website: https://hombrestranslatam.org/ or get in touch with the group’s coordinator Alex Rodrigo Castillo [email protected] 

#NOALA5940

ITF & Astraea Announcement

The International Trans Fund (ITF) and Astraea are thrilled to announce that the ITF began operations as an independent and autonomous organization as of January 1, 2022. 

The ITF is the only global participatory grantmaker exclusively dedicated to supporting trans-led groups as they work to secure rights for trans people and improve their lived realities. Since the ITF’s 2016 inception, Astraea has acted as fiscal host to ITF, to ensure it has the necessary operational support needed to grow and develop as an organization. Through this partnership, the ITF has been able to disburse $3.867M to 133 trans-led groups in 80 countries. 

With over 40 years of its own grantmaking experience moving resources to LGBTQI movements and an unwavering commitment to supporting trans and non-binary communities, Astraea has offered critical technical support, guidance, and mentorship to the ITF. This partnership has represented both organizations’ deep-rooted commitment to resourcing trans movements and facilitating the growth of trans activist leadership across the globe. 

The ITF’s transition to becoming an autonomous organization marks an important moment in the organization’s history. As a lesbian feminist fund that has always been committed to self-determination, Astraea congratulates the ITF on this transition, and will always stand in solidarity with the ITF as a partner and ally. Together Astraea and the ITF  look forward to continuing our close partnership to move resources and shift power to trans movements across the globe. 

 

In solidarity,

Joy Chia

Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

 

Broden Giambrone

Director, International Trans Fund

Welcoming Luca Lukina as the ITF’s New Communications Associate

The ITF is pleased to announce that Luca Lukina has joined our team as the Communications Associate. Luca is a nonbinary activist from Kyrgyzstan with a passion for trans rights and social justice. Luca joins ITF with a background in communications and advocacy as well as 7 years of experience working in grassroots groups and organizations. They believe in the power of storytelling for changing social norms and fighting injustices.

Luca first got involved in human rights activism when they were attending the American University of Central Asia. Throughout the years they have worked in different gender justice and LGBT rights NGOs, most notable being “Labrys”, an organization based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Luca’s involvement with LGBT rights and feminist activism has shaped their work which is focused on helping queer communities tell their stories and strengthening solidarity within movements.

Q & A: Getting to Know Luca

What excites you about joining ITF as the Communications Associate?
I’m very excited to become part of an organization with a global impact that reaches trans communities in all parts of the world. Most of my previous work has been on a national and regional level so I’m very delighted to work with activists from all corners of the world and be a part of an international, multi-cultural team.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people and activist communities that fight for equality and justice. I have been very lucky to work alongside amazing activists of different gender identities and expressions who are truly inspiring. I believe in the power of movements. When we all come together we can help each other and change the world

What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
There is no short answer to this question. My primary goal is to help the ITF achieve its strategic goals. I believe that effective communication is an integral part of this. I’m hoping to elevate our online presence and ensure that we listen to trans communities and respond to their needs. I want ITF’s future and present grantee partners and funders to have easy access to all the information they need.

My other goal is to make sure that we give a platform to trans activists from diverse backgrounds and amplify their voices while also prioritizing their safety above all.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like running in a park and cooking dishes of Central Asian cuisine such as lagman and plov.

One Week to Apply to Become a Member of the GMP

Deadline to apply: January 17, 2022

What past GMP members have said about the experience:

“The thing I appreciate most about the ITF is that it is run only by trans people, and that makes our entire process so unique from other funders. Being in a space that only has other trans individuals was freeing. (…It’s) amazing to hear and read about all the work that’s been done (and is being done) around the world for trans people, by trans people. It feels very empowering and makes me feel hopeful for the future.” – Mikee Inton

“It was a great challenge, because we had to provide grants to so few movements in the trans world with so many different needs. I wish there were a lot more funding, so that we could support more communities. On a personal level, it provided great satisfaction, knowing that even in a small part, it contributed to improving the quality of lives of my peers quite a bit.” – Alex Castillo

The ITF is looking for committed, collaborative and experienced trans activists to join our Grant Making Panel (GMP) for a two-year term. We are a participatory grantmaking fund that takes an activist-led approach that engages trans people in our grantmaking process. This means that trans people are actively involved at every stage, from determining funding priorities to reviewing applications and making decisions about which groups get funded. The role of the GMP is to review grant proposals submitted to the ITF and make decisions on these grant applications in line with our priorities and principles.

GMP members must be able to attend and actively participate in an annual 6-day in person or virtual meeting, participate in online trainings each year and review 30-50 applications. We are deeply committed to ensuring that trans community members who are most affected by intersecting oppressions are able to participate in this process. GMP members will receive an honorarium of USD$1000 each year of their term and will also receive travel expenses, including per diem, to attend ITF meetings.

The deadline to apply is January 17, 2022. If you are interested, you can learn more here.

Introducing the ITF’s 5th Cycle Grantee Partners

The ITF made our first grant in 2017 and since then we have disbursed $3.87 million dollars to 133 trans-led groups in 80 countries. Now we would like to introduce you to our 5th cycle grantee partners. These groups were selected by the ITF’s Grant Making Panel, a group of 15 trans and gender non-conforming activists who review each eligible application that we receive to our annual call for applications.

This year we are thrilled to support 50 trans-led organizations in 40 countries. These organizations are doing incredible work on the frontlines, often in very hostile contexts and with limited resources. We are proud to support organizations that are promoting trans leadership and working intersectionally. We invite you to learn more about the ITF’s 5th cycle grantee partners and join us in celebrating and amplifying this powerful movement building work.