During the last week, we have been doing a lot of reflecting and looking at the ways in which we can support and uplift the Black community—both locally and worldwide. We are still doing the work to examine and alter our business practices in service of a truly equitable future. This examination and reflection is an ongoing process that we are deeply committed to.
We will continue to use our platform to share information and ways to help. This week we wanted to focus our attention on smaller organizations and petitions that are getting less attention and therefore less support.
Many of the organizations below work specifically to keep Black LGBTQ+ folks safe, healthy and thriving. Consider setting up monthly donations of an amount that will be sustainable for your budget rather than a one time donation. Ongoing donations keep these organizations running long after the news cycle has moved on.
BTFA (Black Trans Femmes in the Arts) Collective* – Supports Black trans and nonbinary femmes in the arts and beyond. They are currently raising funds in partnership with For the Gworls, Black Trans Travel Fund and The Okra Project to support Black trans protesters.
For the Gworls Party* – Raises funds to assist with rent and affirmative surgery for Black trans folks.
The Okra Project – Provides resources and food security to the Black trans community worldwide. The collective has also launched two mental health funds named in honor of Nina Pop and Tony McDade for Black trans folks to access mental healthcare free of charge. To donate to either fund please donate at paypal.me/theokraproject with the subject line “Nina Pop Fund” or “Tony McDade Fund”.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute – Works to protect and defend the rights of Black trans people in the spirit of the activism led by the institute’s namesake.
*Donations collected on behalf of fiscal sponsor, Arts Business Collaborative
The Life & Death of Marsha P. Johnson – Documentary
I Am Not Your Negro – Documentary
White Lies by NPR – Podcast