August 14, 2017
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Statement on This Weekend’s Events in Charlottesville

  Funders for LGBTQ Issues stands in solidarity with those who resisted the forces of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend — and with the countless individuals who everyday resist bigotry and prejudice. We are grateful for all of the activists and community-based organizations that have been organizing in recent months in response to white nationalist efforts targeting Charlottesville. Our hearts go out to the families of those whose lives were taken and those who were injured. We recognize that this is not an isolated incident, but rather this weekend’s violence represents a disturbing trend of increased activity on the […]
July 26, 2017
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Trump’s Anti-Trans Statements & The Philanthropic Community

This morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that, at his direction as Commander in Chief, the United States will no longer “accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” Funders for LGBTQ Issues strongly condemns this discriminatory and ill-informed statement as a baseless attack on transgender people. While the implications and legality of his statement remain unclear, if enacted it would make our country less safe. It is wrong and cruel for the president to single out transgender people for differential treatment – just as it has been wrong and cruel for him to target immigrants, […]
May 31, 2017
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Which 97 Foundations Made the 2015 Honor Roll?

The big headlines from the 2015 Tracking Report noted that LGBTQ funding reached a record high of $160.7 million in 2015 – with notable increases in funding supporting trans communities, LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South, and efforts to address LGBTQ criminalization and criminal justice reform. While 2015 set a new record, our research also found that the rate of growth decreased – down from 20 percent growth in 2014 to less than 5 percent growth in 2015. This decrease is partially attributable to a decrease in depth of support for LGBTQ issues from several core funders – even as the field […]
May 5, 2017
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President’s Response to Religious Freedom Executive Order and House Passage of AHCA

Dear Colleagues,   Today was a difficult day for all of us who believe that healthcare and reproductive freedom are basic human rights. President Trump signed an executive order relaxing restrictions on political activities by religious organizations and allowing for the denial of women’s contraception under the guise of “religious freedom.” Shortly after the order was signed, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), effectively moving to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would leave millions of Americans unable to access basic health care.   The Trump Administration and Congress are sending a message to […]