MAY 2019
Just in time for Pride Month, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to unveil a new list of 14 trailblazing leaders you'll want to follow. Click here to check out our 7th annual list!
June 4, 2019 (New York, NY)
Join us for a discussion on LGBTQ history focused on lessons learned, the current state of the field, and how various projects and initiatives are making this invisible history visible. Click here to learn more.
June 26, 2019 (Online)
We're partnering with Borealis Philanthropy and Third Wave Fund to host a Twitter chat about how to resource and support trans-led and QTPOC organizing.
November 18-22, 2019 (Seattle, WA)
The Unity Summit will host over 800 participants to expand their individual and institutional practice in order to advance equity with an intersectional lens, and build community. Click here to learn more!
  • Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff joined hundreds of attendees from foundations around the nation for the 2019 Council on Foundations conference, Leading Together, in Miami Beach. We met with long time members and made new connections at our special conference reception, OUT @ COF. Over 45 people attended our gathering on the second evening of the conference to meet LGBTQ and allied people in philanthropy and hear about how our newly released strategic plan is guiding our efforts to transform the sector to be more inclusive of LGBTQ people and issues. 

And these are just the highlights! Stay tuned for more updates from our network in action in the next edition of Q Notes!

Muhlaysia Booker is one of five transgender women who have been killed in 2019. All five victims were black women, the human rights campaign reports.

This new report from the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice shares stories of resilience and survival practices that center the collective safety and wellbeing of LGBTQI communities.

The new reports help spotlight two critical populations within the HIV response: People Who Inject Drugs and Sex Workers.

These defenses are legal strategies in which a person who has committed a violent crime against an LGBT person will claim that the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity caused the attacker to commit the crime.

The National PREA Resource Center announces new publication offering practical policies that operationalize the standards and provide clear guidance to facility staff about promoting the safety and well-being of TGNCI residents.

A new study finds that overwhelming majorities of trans and gender diverse people experience harassment, violence, and abuse from state officials, and identify them as the main perpetrators of discrimination .

The U.S. LGBT+ Business Climate Index helps us understand the economic, legislative, and cultural frameworks affecting LGBT people in each of the 50 U.S. states.

Aldo Gallardo, Program Associate for the Fund for Trans Generations at Borealis Philanthropy and 2019 -2020 GUTC Leadership Fellow shares reflections on her experience in the fellowship program and how the GUTC pledge is impacting the sector.

The US House of Representatives passes the Equality Act, a bill that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, the workplace, public accommodations, and other settings.

Transgender Law Center & Southerners On The Ground (SONG) release The Grapevine, a new report that sheds light on the experiences and needs of trans and gender nonconforming people in the South.

New study documents the prevalence and impact of several forms of stigma and discrimination against LGBT individuals in the state, including harassment and discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations; harassment and bullying in schools; and family rejection of LGBT youth.


The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation works to fund programs and projects on the cutting edge of HIV prevention and services in New York City. Application deadline is July 26.

FCAA call for sessions for the 2019 AIDS Philanthropy Summit in October 28-29 in Washington D.C. is now open. Application deadline is June 7.

The Levin-Goffe Scholarship provides a measure of financial stability to undergraduate students who are both LGBTQ or intersex and undocumented immigrants, including refugees and individuals seeking or granted asylum.. Application deadline is June 7.

The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship was established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker to encourage and support women-identified lesbians in their pursuit of higher education. Application deadline is June 26.

ViiV Healthcare is now accepting grant applications for the Positive Action for Youth (PAFY) Direct Mentorship Services for Youth Fund. This funding opportunity is designed to support new and existing mentorship programs for youth ages 13 to 24 living with HIV . Application deadline is June 6.

The ACCELERATE Community Grant supports the development of sustainable systematic services for Black gay men in Jackson, MS, and Baltimore, MD. Application deadline is June 28.


PRIDE Foundation has awarded over 1,800 scholarships totaling more than $5 million to help LGBTQ+ and allied students pursue their educational dreams since the program first started in 1993.

Tenaja Jordan
Tenaja Jordan joins CHANGE Philanthropy as the Research and Communications Director.
Congratulations Tenaja on your new role!
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Rickke Mananzala, Chair (Borealis Philanthropy)
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Alfredo Cruz (Foundation for Louisiana)
Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (The Women's Foundation of California)
Cynthia Renfro (Civis Consulting, LLC)
Kelli King-Jackson (The Simmons Foundation)
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Lyle Matthew Kan
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Marvin Webb
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Kristina Wertz
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Rebecca Wisotsky
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Alexander Lee
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Chantelle Fisher-borne
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Andrew Wallace
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Nicole Fernandes
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New York Women's Foundation
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Our Fund, Inc.
Overbrook Foundation
Pacific Foundation Services, LLC
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Polk Bros. Foundation
Pride Foundation
Proteus Fund, Inc.
Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
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Small Change Foundation
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