Come on over this Saturday morning to talk about what Pride could look like this year! We have many ways we can take Pride in our community together all year long. Looking forward to sharing that with you! Click here for details!
For Immediate Release
January 11, 2019
Transgender Disaster Relief Fund to Assist Furloughed Federal Workers
Affected LGBTQI and allies are encouraged to apply
Houston— January 11, 2019 — Today the Transgender Foundation of America (TFA) announced that the Transgender Disaster Relief Fund (TDRFund.us) would accept applications for assistance from LGBTQI and allied federal workers whose lives were thrown into chaos due to President Trump’s 2018-2019 partial shutdown of the government. Alexis Melvin, President of TFA said, “Many LGBTQI individuals and our allies are effected by the partial government shutdown. The sudden loss of income through no fault of their own can create very difficult situations and TDRFund.us will provide whatever support we can to these individuals.”
About the Transgender Disaster Relief Fund
The Trans Disaster Relief is a project TFA, a 501c3 public charity, and was initially set up as a response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Since Hurricane Harvey numerous other disasters, ranging from other hurricanes to earthquakes and wildfires, have been added to the TDRFund.us support list.
Cristan Williams, a co-founder of the Transgender Disaster Relief Fund said, “We’ve made the application extremely simple and straightforward. We want the affected community to know that we stand with them in their time of need.” To apply for assistance or make a donation, individuals should go to the TDRFund.us website.
Organized in 1998, the Transgender Foundation of America (TFA) is a Houston-based grassroots 501c3 public charity and exists to improve the lives of transgender people. TFA facilitates numerous trans support groups and community events such as the Unity Banquet, now in its 26th year. Additionally, it maintains the Transgender Archive and provides annual scholarships to trans-supportive academics, represents transgender and intersex health concerns with health departments across the nation, trains organizations, companies, and schools throughout the nation and pioneered trans and intersex homeless, social, and medical services.
For more information about the TDR Fund:
Day of Remembrance… we wish we didn’t have to have this.
In Houston if you are local you are invited to honor the names of those lost with us in person. Click here for the invite.
If you are not able to make it in but would like to honor the names of our siblings lost in hate due to being Transgender here.
Wondering who has their finger on transgender news? Click here to find community reporting, the latest pod cast episode, and open enrollment.
Above all we know the holidays can be filled with many lows so please take care! If you want to text or talk for any reason the Trevor Project is always available.
Shane Whalley, LMSW, is a social justice educator and consultant. Ze is the owner of Daring Dialogues Consulting, that offers consultation and workshops on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) identities, as well as on sexism, on the concepts of power, privilege and oppression, and cultural humility. Shane received hir’s Master’s degree in Social Work at UT and is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). Shane has been an Adjunct Faculty member at the School of Social Work since 2003 and has taught classes on LGBTQIA identities, social justice frameworks, and introductory classes to the field of Social Work. Shane is the 2017 Alum of the Year for the UT School of Social Work and the 2011 recipient of Texas Exes Teaching Excellence award. This year ze spoke on a panel at SXSW Interactive called, “How Gender Fluidity Recasts Brand Engagement.” Shane was the Education Coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center at UT for seven years and has worked as a psychotherapist in several non-profits in Austin, working mostly with LGBTQIA clients. Most importantly, in 1994 Shane went to a talk by Leslie Feinberg and hir life was changed forever!
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2018 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet invites you and yours to select your seat and reserve your table here:
We are kicking off fundraising to support the Houston Queer Voices Radio Show and to raise money for TG Archive Acquisitions!
Queer Voices has been the reliable voice of the Houston GLBT community for many years. Currently Queer Voices can be heard every Monday evening on Pacifica Radio’s Houston station KPFT. For some time Pacifica Radio’s financial situation has been difficult. This has left Queer Voices in a situation where they may need to make alternative production and broadcast arrangements on very short notice. The purpose of Our “Friends of Queer Voices” fund will raise money to support the Houston Queer Voices radio show by assuring that there is money available to support this move should it happen and provide other funding to Queer Voices as appropriate.
The second fund we are kicking off is the TG Archive Acquisition fund. Currently when we find something that we would like to acquire for the Transgender Archives, we do semi-panic fundraising and hope we can raise the funds before someone else acquires the item. This fund is to give us a head start on the fund raising so we can improve our acquisition success.
AND … if you would like to support both of these funds just donate via the link below and we will split your donation evenly between the two…
The Friends of Queer Voices fund and the TG Archives Acquisition fund are projects of the Transgender Foundation of America (TFA). TFA is a 501(c)3 public charity located in Houston, Texas. 10% of funds raised for projects go to TFA’s unrestricted account to cover support group space rental and general expenses. All other monies raised directly support the purpose of the fund.
For the Friends of Queer Voices fund it is possible that the time will come when the producers of Queer Voices may decide that these backup funds are no longer necessary. If that occurs 50% of the fund balance will be donated to one or more 501(c)3s chosen by Queer Voices and the remaining 50% will be donated to the TG Archive Acquisition fund.
This year’s Unity Banquet was a great night for all that attended. Here are just some of the highlights.
Fiona Dawson as our primary speaker…. Kevin Anderson as our emcee….
We look forward to spending the night with YOU and YOURS at the
25th Houston Transgender Unity Banquet
Saturday November 4, 2017 doors open at 6:30 pm
Houston Marriot North 255 North Sam Houston Pkwy E Houston TX 77060