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The following commentators represent a broad range of nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, academics and pundits who have led—and continue to shape—the discourse on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues. Through their activism, grantmaking and writing, they offer valuable insights into the multiple ways that most grantmakers can support LGBTQ communities of color. We'll continue to build this library of perspectives and welcome suggestions for future commentators.

Urvashi Vaid, Arcus Foundation
Sexual orientation, gender identity and race. From strengthening health care to overcoming age prejudice, to promoting racial and economic justice and cultivating straight allies, Arcus Foundation Executive Director Urvashi Vaid discusses how funders can affect the issues of today. Read More

Kenyon Farrow, Queers for Economic Justice
The layers of economic hardship. Queers for Economic Justice has helped foster understanding about the economic injustices facing LGBTQ communities—in New York City and across the country. Interim Executive Director (and renowned blogger) Kenyon Farrow shares why. Read More

Kris Hayashi, Audre Lorde Project
Multiple identities, multiple barriers. The Brooklyn-based Audre Lorde Project organizes LGBTQ people of color to stop various forms of harassment and discrimination—and to promote health, wellness and community. Executive Director Kris Hayashi relates the reasons. Read More

Katie Brisson, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Everyone learns along the way. For the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, launching an initiative to better support local LGBTQ people of color organizations sparked learning among everyone involved: staff members, trustees and ultimately, the entire community. Senior Program Officer Katie Brisson discusses this initiative. Read More

Greg Grinley, PFund Foundation
From listening to leadership. Over the last decade, the Minneapolis-based PFund Foundation recognized the need and value of addressing the diversity of LGBTQ populations. It now leads the way in the state in supporting LGBTQ people of color organizations and leaders. Executive Director Greg Grinley tells their story. Read More

Roger Doughty & Jewelle Gomez, Horizons Foundation
Investing in leadership. Horizons Foundation has supported numerous leading LGBTQ organizations across the Bay Area since 1980—today it's helping diversify the leadership of LGBTQ organizations. Roger Doughty, Executive Director, and Jewelle Gomez, Director of Grants and Community Initiatives, discuss their foundation's successes. Read More

Audrey Haberman, Pride Foundation
Heightened isolation. The Seattle-based Pride Foundation has helped address the heightened isolation, vulnerability and marginalization among LGBTQ communities of color in the Pacific Northwest—a region with many predominantly white, largely rural, areas. Executive Director Audrey Haberman shares their story. Read More

Rickke Mananzala, FIERCE
Building power for LGBTQ youth of color. FIERCE is a youth-led organization in New York City that moves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color from isolation to action. Executive Director Rickke Mananzala talks about the general lack of resources, space spaces and political organizations that address the realities of youth living at the margins—and what this means for a national movement. Read More

 


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