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 […]
April 26, 2017
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2017’s Top 16 LGBTQ Philanthropoids on Twitter

Once again this spring we are taking stock of our Twitter feed to compile a list of inspiring LGBTQ philanthropoids. Check out our 5th annual list of #LGBTQ philanthropoids to follow on Twitter! Who are you following? You can check out our 2016 list here.  Ruth Baldacchino Intersex Fund Program Officer, Astraea Foundation @ruthbaldacchino is‏ @ILGAWorld Co-Secretary General and a gender queer activist. Ruth’s feed is a view of global politics with a gender and LGBTQ rights emphasis. Julia Beatty Program Officer, Black-Led Movement Fund at Borealis Philanthropy @beattyful’s Twitter is on top of the trends and issues in national politics, […]