October 6, 2017

How Funders Can Respond to the Administration’s Latest Anti-LGBTQ Actions

  This week, the Department of Justice mounted another attack on LGBTQ communities, first reversing guidance issued under the Obama administration that had extended workplace protections to transgender people and today issuing sweeping guidance endorsing a broad license to discriminate under the guise of “protecting religious liberty.” This administration is using “religious freedom” as a smokescreen to allow people (including government employees) and businesses to deny services to LGBTQ people and their families, people of color, women, and even people of diverse faiths. “There is a continued need for a bold philanthropic response to what can only be seen as […]
September 27, 2017

The Top Funders of LGBTQ Immigrants and Refugees

  In 2014, Funders for LGBTQ Issues explored funding for LGBTQ immigrants and refugees in the report Pathways Forward.  Immigration issues have evolved significantly since the release of that report.  Just a few weeks ago, the Trump Administration announced plans to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  (See our statement on the DACA decision and its impact on an estimated 75,000 LGBT young undocumented immigrants here.)  The administration has also continued to pursue a Muslim ban and a wall across the Mexican border. In this environment of extreme hostility towards immigrants, we hoped to highlight some […]
September 5, 2017

Standing with Undocumented Immigrants

  Funders for LGBTQ Issues stands in firm opposition to the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation and makes them eligible for work permits. More than 800,000 young people are currently enrolled in the program. According to the Williams Institute, nearly half of the estimated 75,000 eligible LGBT young undocumented immigrants have taken advantage of DACA, allowing them to dramatically improve their lived experience. “For the many young immigrants who fought hard for the recognition of their most basic rights and dignity–this move is nothing […]
August 22, 2017

The Top Funders of LGBTQ Communities of Color

In the wake of recent events in which racially motivated hatred and bigotry have been on full display, many funders and leaders in the public sector have been wondering how to fight this latest wave of racist and white supremacist activity. With this list of the top ten foundations supporting LGBTQ communities of color in the United States, we want to acknowledge those grantmakers who have made a significant commitment to address racial inequality through their grantmaking for LGBTQ communities. Between 2014 and 2015, $39.4 million in philanthropic funding was directed towards LGBTQ people of color in the United States. […]