By: Funders for LGBTQ Issues Staff on March 10, 2023
➤ Arkansas restricted drag performances in public spaces.
➤ Mississippi banned gender-affirming health care for youth under the age of eighteen.
➤ Tennessee restricted drag performances in public spaces and banned gender-affirming healthcare for youth under the age of eighteen.
These bills are only four of three hundred and ninety-one anti-LGBTQ bills proposed in state legislatures across the country since the start of the 2023 legislative session and they join bills in Utah and South Dakota also signed into law in these first three months of the year. Republican controlled state houses and governors in the South and Midwest have ramped up their efforts to codify transphobia into state law. Throughout these two regions, lawmakers have signed bills that target trans people, our families, and trans youth in particular.
We have seen more broad anti-LGBTQ bills and specific anti-trans bills introduced in the last three months than in the whole of 2022. And while fewer than ten percent of last year’s bills were passed into law, the escalating number and severity of harmful legislation is a harbinger of things to come.
Queer and trans organizers on the ground are leading beautiful, robust and intersectional movements despite being vastly underfunded. Our sector has a mandate to show up and resource this intersectional movement building and simply put, in this moment of crisis it is not doing enough.
Our most recent tracking report found that philanthropic funding for LGBTQ communities is stagnating. Further, funding for state organizing only comprises fourteen percent of all LGBTQ funding. As we continue to fight for the safety, wellness, joy, and abundance of our community— particularly our TGNC youth— alongside the most mundane right to exist, this number is not enough.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues will continue to bring our network together in the coming weeks and months to find new ways to resource LGBTQ communities. We invite funders to join us on Monday, March 20th at 3 PM for a special funder briefing. This briefing will provide funders an opportunity to hear from movement leaders about their work in this critical moment and consider how philanthropy can support the work and fund TGNC communities.
It is well past the time for change and decisive action, philanthropy can and must do more and we are here to support it as it does. It is our hope that funders will listen and learn from the wisdom of our movement as they work to resource the liberation we all deserve.
Low barrier general operating grants for LGBTQ organizations, prioritizing TGNC people of color led groups rooted in states under attack.
Responding to the safety and security needs of groups and organizations currently under attack, including support for TGNC individuals seeking affirming care, families supporting their trans kids and resources for providers who risk their professional licenses, and even the threat of incarceration, providing gender-affirming care for youth in the face of state bans.
If you are currently funding organizations firmly rooted in states under attack, consider ways to increase resources moving to these organizations through unrestricted grants to help strengthen their efforts to fight back. Figure out ways to lessen the burden of proposal writing and reporting requirements.
If you are not currently funding organizations rooted in states under attack, move funds quickly and easily to the Trans Futures Funding Campaign. This developing campaign – informed by Grantmakers United for Trans Communities and the Out in the South Initiative – aims to help LGBTQ organizations respond to the current anti-trans attacks and address longstanding infrastructure needs of trans and TGNC organizing efforts, especially those firmly rooted in the South and Midwest.
Our freedoms are bound up in each other. Protecting the rights our social movements have fought for demands working beyond silos. It will require support from funders who have not yet funded LGTBQ communities – and the recognition that regardless of the issue, if you are committed to intersectional liberation, your grantmaking portfolio must center the leadership of Black and Brown TGNC communities. We are proud to work in coalition with our philanthropic partners to commit to supporting TGNC communities with the urgency this moment demands, and call on all funders to join us in this fight.
with support from:
ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities
Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
Black Migrant Power Fund
Black Trans Fund
Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)
Collaborative for Gender + Reproductive Equity
Diverse City Fund
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)
Equity in the Center
Foundation for a Just Society
Four Freedoms Fund
Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA)
Funders for Justice
Funders for Reproductive Equity
Funders Together to End Homelessness
General Service Foundation
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)
Grantmakers for Girls of Color
Grantmakers in Health
Grantmakers in the Arts
Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP)
Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)
Horning Family Foundation
if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility
Just Beginnings Collaborative
Laughing Gull Foundation
Marin Community Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Ms. Foundation for Women
Nathan Cummings Foundation
National Center for Family Philanthropy
Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP)
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG)
New Breath Foundation
New York Foundation
New York Women’s Foundation
Northern California Grantmakers
North Star Fund
Open Horizon Foundation
Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)
Philanthropy West Virginia
Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation
Southern California Grantmakers
Stonewall Community Foundation
The Funders Network
Third Wave Fund
Transgender Strategy Center
Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP)
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF)
United Philanthropy Forum
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG)
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Women Moving Millions
Women’s Foundation of California
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
Women’s Funding Network (WFN)