READ - 16 JUNE 2020 - BY THE FTW STAFF
CREATIVE RESOURCES FOR BIPOC QUEER AND TRANS CREATORS
Calling all BIPOC queer and trans creators: We need you and your art today, yesterday, and always. Here are collectives, funding sources, and platforms to help support you and get your work off the ground.
Cover and Header Photo Courtesy of House of Pentacles
Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, Black Trans Travel Fund, For the Gworls, and The Okra Project have all partnered to create the Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund. Please consider donating to these orgs as they continue to raise funds to support Black trans protestors through medical care, bail, and other resources.
And for more resources and ways to support Black artists, please check out Annika Hansteen-Izora's work at @annika.izora on IG.
This list is constantly updated. Note: this is primarily US-based, but worldwide entries will be added as they come. If you have any global recommendations for us to consider and include, please contact email@example.com.
(Woodridge, New York - US)
About: Kamra Hakim, a queer, Black, Muslim musician, founded this art residency, collective, and co-op fund to help fuel the creative dreams of those who have been historically oppressed.
About: The Art Hoe Collective (AHC) is a digital art collective and platform founded by Black queer people. They offer microgrants to artists of color to assist with art projects and living expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Oakland, California - US)
About: Founded by award-winning writer Mia McKenzie, BGD Press is a literary and artistic organization for members of the BIPOC community who are queer, trans, and/or non-binary. BGD Press publishes books by queer and trans writers of color and focus on collaborative education, media, and community projects. BGD also hosts a free week-long workshop for BIPOC members of the queer and trans communities.
(Brooklyn, New York - US)
About: Bklyn Boihood started in Bedford Stuyvesant in 2009 by co-founder Ryan Holmes and his boi, who wanted to feel understood as masculine-of-center queer and trans people of color. Together, they built a community that hosts in-person events, conversations, and artistic collaborations for other queer and trans people of color.
(Based in Portland, Oregon, but also holds dinners across the US)
About: Black Feast is a collective that holds dinners that celebrate Black contributions to the food and art worlds. The dinners are curated by two Black queer artists, Founder and Director Salimatu Amabebe and Head of Design Annika Hansteen-Izora.
About: Black Trans Femmes in the Arts is a collective of Black trans and non-binary femmes dedicated to creating space for ourselves in the arts and beyond. The collective hosts workshops and seeks to connect black trans femme artists with opportunities.
(Online & hosts events throughout the country)
About: Black Trans Media is a community of Black trans artists, storytellers, counsellors, and organizers that hold educational workshops, events, and screenings that seek to combat racism and oppression through the global Black Trans community. The group was founded by Sasha Alexander and is a fiscally sponsored project of Alliance for Global Justice and hosts the Black Trans Film Festival
(Brooklyn, New York - US)
About: BROOKLYN LIBERATION is a QTPOC grassroots collective that organizes in the name of Black trans liberation.
(Online & Brooklyn, New York - US)
About: BUFU is an artist collective comprised of Black, POC, queer, and nonbinary artists and organizers. It was founded in September 2015 by 5 co-founders: Jazmin Jones, Jiun Kwon, Tsige Tafesse, Katherine Tom, and Suhyun Choi. Since then, BUFU has collaborated with multiple partner organizations, collectives, and individuals to create work that highlights the experiences of those socially and politically impacted by white supremacy.
(San Francisco, California and Brooklyn, New York - US)
About: Chicken & Egg Pictures provides mentorship and funding to filmmakers of underrepresented backgrounds, specifically women, trans, queer, and gender nonconforming nonfiction filmmakers who tell stories that have the power to create lasting social change.. Since 2005, Chicken & Egg Pictures has awarded $7 million in grants and have aided in the mentorship of 300 filmmakers.
(West Oakland, US)
About: CTRL+SHFT Collective was founded by 12 artists in 2015 as an exhibition space with 13 studios located, specifically dedicated to uplifting voices from POC and members of the queer, gender non-conforming, and trans community.
(New York City, New York - US)
About: Femmepremacy is a safe, creative space that hosts workshops, parties, and other events that center on Black queer, trans femmes, and POC. The space was founded by Shayna Janelle.
About: Established in 1989, the Frameline Completion Fund works to ensure that film projects from and about the LGBTQ+ community are completed and distributed for the world to see. Since its founding, Frameline has awarded $565,000 to 163 projects (see all past recipients here). They strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities, including women, BIPOC, transgender people, intersex people, asexual people, non-binary people, and disabled people. Filmmakers can potentially gain grants up to $5,000.
(Online & Based in San Francisco, California - US)
About: Transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey founded Fresh Meat Productions in 2002. Fresh Meat Productions invests in the creative expression and cultural leadership of transgender and gender-nonconforming communities. The org creates and commissions new work, presents performing arts programs, conducts education and engagement, and advocates for justice and equity in the Arts through virtual programs as well.
(Online & Based in Los Angeles and New York City - US)
About: GLAAD provides free trainings to empower transgender people to share their stories in the media. GLAAD's staff has included transgender people for over 20 years and has worked to amplify authentic transgender voices and stories in media. GLAAD also features tips for allies and resources for media on covering transgender people in media. If you would like to contact GLAAD on how to create more authentic transgender characters in films and TV, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Durham, North Carolina - US)
About: House of Pentacles (HOP) is a Film Training Program and Production House founded by Joie Lou Shakur, designed to launch Black trans youth (ages 18-35) into the film industry and tell stories woven at the intersection of being Black and Trans.
About: Established in 2018, Inside Out’s RE:Focus Fund provides direct financial support to women, non-binary, and trans filmmakers telling LGBTQ stories. The fund has distributed more than $50,000 in festival travel grants, professional development programs, and post-production costs. For 2020, the RE:Focus Fund will be devoted to supporting productions that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to donate directly to Black filmmakers through the RE:Focus fund, please contact email@example.com.
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - US)
About: Founded in 1993, the Leeway Foundation is committed to funding women, trans, and gender-nonconforming artists and cultural producers who are pushing for social change.
(Online - Portland, Oregon - Los Angeles, California - New Zealand )
About: Ori Gallery was founded by Maya Vivas & Leila Haile to amplify the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color in the arts. The org hosts meetups, rotating exhibitions, free or low-cost classes such as POC figure drawing, Grant Writing for the People and more.
(Washington D.C. - US)
About: Founded by Adeyanju Aiyegbusi in February 2019, P0STB1NARY is a network that advocates for the autonomy, safety, wellness & creative development of Black and Non-White trans and gender expansive people.
(San Francisco, California - US)
About: QWOCMAP creates, exhibits, and distributes high-impact authentic films on queer women of color (cisgender & transgender), and gender non-binary/nonconforming/variant and transgender people of color (of any orientation). QWOCMAP has physical facilities in San Francisco to watch films and provides production, post-production, and consultation services to nonprofits and creatives.
About: Slay TV was founded by Sean Torrington as a platform and app that elevates narratives made by queer, trans and non binary people of color. The platform is part of a creative network that seeks to gain creative opportunities for queer, trans, and non binary people of color.
About: Organized in November 2017 and launched in February of 2018, this collective led by women of color and queer/trans people of color work at the intersection of art, organizing, and publishing. They operate with the understanding that art is a transformative tool, and their mission is to harness its power to make meaningful change in the world.
About: The Cirri is a platform that aplimifies the narratives of Black Womxn Storytellers through education, creativity, and community.
About: The Starfruit Project was founded by Briyana D. Clarel, a black queer writer, performer, and educator. The project supports healing and growth through creative writing and performance programs that center queer and trans people of color at any point in their careers.
About: The Transgender Film Center provides start-up and finishing funds for films by trans creators.
About: Tournament Haus is a mutual aid fund for Trans/NonBinary BIPOC in the ballroom scenes between Portland/Tacoma/Seattle, founded by Jay Dodd. The organization also provides nationwide microgrants.
(Online & Based in Ottowa, Canada)
About: The Transgender Media Portal aims to amplify work by trans, Two Spirit, nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming artists. The org plans to launch a collaborative database of trans filmmakers in Fall 2022.
(San Francisco, California- US )
About: Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ+ film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of 60,000+, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ+ arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline also presents year-round exhibitions, including Frameline Encore, a free film series highlighting diverse, socially relevant works. Year-round programs also include members-only sneak previews and special events, as well as special screenings and events featuring directors, actors and other queer media icons.
(Saint Paul, Minnesota - US)
About: Gender Reel was founded in 2010 by a team of trans and gender diverse identified people from a range of backgrounds and prioritizes film created by trans and gender diverse filmmakers. Gendereel will hold a virtual festival in early Fall.
About: Inside Out is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities.Founded in 1991 as an LGBTQ film festival in Toronto, Inside Out is now the largest event of its kind in Canada, spanning multiple cities with year-round programming.
About: Founded in 2013, KTFF is an annual presentation of trans documentaries, feature films, shorts, and music videos. It is organized by restaurant and cinema TraumGmb.
(New York, NY- US)
About: NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival put on by The New Festival, Inc., is one of the most comprehensive forums of national and international LGBT film/video in the world. Founded in 1988, The New Festival, Inc is a non-profit media arts organization dedicated to showcasing the newest and best LGBT media for the greater New York metropolitan area.
(Los Angeles, California - US)
About: Founded by Stuart Timmons and John Ramirez in 1982, Outfest is one of the only global LGBTQIA+ arts, media and entertainment organizations whose programs empower artists, communities and filmmakers to transform the world through their stories, while also supporting the entire life-cycle of their career. Outfest creates visibility to diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowers storytellers, building empathy to drive meaningful social change.
(Los Angeles, California - US)
About: An extension of OutFest, OutFest Fusion is a celebration of the rich heritage of the LGBTQ individuals that populate greater Los Angeles. The films and TV shows that screen at Fusion showcase the stories of queer communities of color, including African, African American, Asian diaspora and Latinx perspectives as well as many other cultural identities. The festival enables Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Genderqueer people of color to see themselves on the big screen, often for the very first time – a powerful and validating experience that underscores the universality of our lived experiences.
(San Francisco, California - US)
About: SFTFF is North America’s first transgender film festival, founded in 1997 and currently directed by Shawna Virago. Submissions are currently open, with a regular deadline of July 15 and a late deadline of August 5. The 2020 Festival will happen November 12-15.
About: Established in 2014 by Founder Liz Alexander, tilde is a community-based, international film festival based in Melbourne which showcases and supports the work of TGD filmmakers and artists, and works that have TGD content, for TGD people, allies, and the wider community. tilde is also open to supporting intersex communities with intersex specific film events and welcomes contact regarding this. Submissions are open, with a deadline of December 1st, 2020; the festival date also on the same day of the deadline.
About: Founded in 2010, TranScreen is a festival of recognition and mutual reinforcement for the transgender community itself. Their aim is to increase (awareness of) gender diversity, visibility, acceptance and empowerment of trans and gender diverse people. Entries are now closed, however TranScreen 2020 will be on May 31st and June 1st in Kriterion, Amsterdam.
About: Trans Fest Stockholm was founded in 2015 in honor of Sweden’s Trans Day of Remembrance. They conduct three major events: Trans Film Fest Stockholm (November), Trans Culture Festival (March) and Transfesten (late July/early August). Throughout the year, festival organizers also host brunches, picnics, mingles, workshops and more for the trans creative community.
About: TransFormations is organized by a team of Black & PoC trans*, two sprit, gender non-conforming people as a way to create a platform for Black, Indigenous, PoC folks speaking about or from trans* and/ or gender-variant experiences. Submissions are currently open for this year’s 2020 film festival.
(Seattle, Washington - US)
About: Translations: Seattle’s Transgender Film Festival is a groundbreaking film festival that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people and the issues facing the community. Launched in 2006 and produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Translations places emphasis on visibility and positive representations.
EXTRA RESOURCES BEYOND THE CREATIVE REALM
About: Black Visions Collective is a Black trans and queer-led non-profit founded in 2017 that is dedicated to conducting powerful campaigns for long-term change across the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota.
About: Founded by Naj Austin and led by a team entirely made up of POC, Ethel’s Club is the first social and wellness platform designed specifically for POC. The organization hosts in-person events and is planning to launch a global digital platform soon.
About: Founded by Ceyenne Doroshow, an artist and activist for trans and sex worker rights, G.L.I.T.S was established to provide holistic resources to aid in the health and rights crises faced by transgender sex workers. The org provides immediate crisis support, health care and resilience resources, safe housing options, and more. They are currently developing a trans leadership academy, a GLITS internship program, a LGBTQ+ Safer Sex project, and a post-incarceration community program.
About: Founded and led by Trans and gender nonconforming people and our allies, we create safe and transformative spaces where members of our community can heal—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—from the trauma arising from generations of transphobia, racism, sexism, poverty, ableism and violence, and nurture them into tomorrow’s leaders. We currently primarily focus on supporting and nurturing the leadership of Transgender women of color living in the U.S. South.
About: The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) was founded by Black transgender artist, writer, and community organizer Elle Hearns in response to the murders of Black trans women and women of color. On top of protecting the human rights of Black transgender people, the institute also provides fellowships for artists and community organizers.
About: The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
About: NQTTOC Network was founded by Erica Woodland, a black queer/genderqueer facilitator, in order to connect queer and trans people of color with healing justice and mental health resources. Their site features a Mental Health Practitioner directory for people to find QTPoC practitioners and their Mental Health Fund can provide financial support for QTPoC who can’t afford therapy. The network provides professional development for practitioners of color through local/regional meetups and virtual events.
About: The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.
About: The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
About: TGI Justice works in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. They seek to create a world rooted in self- determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice.
The mission of TGIJP is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against Black, Black/Brown trans people inside of California prisons, jails, detention centers and beyond.
About: The Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people in the United States, including U.S. territories. We make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to carefully review every application we receive. We center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trans leadership.
About: The TransLatin@ Coalition is an organization founded and led by Trans Latin@ leaders who created the group in 2009 to advocate for the needs of Trans Latin@s immigrants in the US. TransLatin@ leaders are present throughout the country.
About: Trans Lifeline is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2014 that offers direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis through paid operators and team leads who are also part of the trans community. The org also provides microgrants to trans people for legal name changes, updated government identification documents, and more.
About: Founded by three black trans women in 2017 as Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, The Transgender District is the first legally recognized transgender district in the world. Originally named after the first documented uprising of transgender and queer people in United States history, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots of 1966, the district encompasses 6 blocks in the southeastern Tenderloin and crosses over Market Street to include two blocks of 6th street. In 2016, the City of San Francisco renamed portions of Turk and Taylor to commemorate the historic contributions of transgender people, renaming them “Compton’s Cafeteria Way” and “Vikki Mar Lane” respectively.
The Transgender District aims to create an urban environment that celebrates the transgender tipping point in the United States and the world, while educating the world of the deep profundity of transgender culture and our contributions to the liberation of humankind.
RESOURCES FOR TRANS YOUTH
About: The Trans Youth Equality Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) non profit foundation that advocates for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex youth ages 2–18. Our organization was founded by the mother of a transgender child; with support from some good friends and a few transgender and youth providers she began to build a board and programs. Through her own struggle to find resources for her child between 2002 and 2007, she realized the great need for high quality resources and support services for youth and their families. TYEF seeks to address this need through our yearly youth retreats, including a popular summer and fall camp; TransWaves, an educational podcast program; trainings for educational and medical professionals; youth workshops; and our social media presence. TYEF was founded upon the principal that no family and no child has to be alone on this journey.
About: Stand with Trans is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide the tools needed by transgender youth so they will be empowered, supported and validated as they transition to their authentic life.
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