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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.

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

Rashad Robinson, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
Media, myths & inclusive representations. From The New York Times, to CNN, to Spanish-language media, GLAAD has helped promote fair, accurate and inclusive news coverage of LGBTQ people of color. Senior Director of Media Programs Rashad Robinson relates the importance of multi-dimensional representations of our diverse communities. Read More

Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center
Focusing on solutions. To reduce racial inequities, homophobia and transphobia, social change leaders must move beyond forming tactical alliances to building authentic relationships—and we must pose solutions with emotional arguments. Applied Research Center Executive Director Rinku Sen tells us why and how. Read More

Andrés Duque, Blogger and Activist
Addressing societal norms. From the political blogosphere, to social change movements, to government responses on HIV/AIDS among LGBTQ people of color, award-winning blogger and longtime activist Andrés Duque says it's time to think beyond an "either/or" mentality and "heal the divide." Read More

Crisosto Apache (Mescalero Apache) and Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar), Two Spirit Society of Denver
Native identity & tribal sovereignty. The Two Spirit Society of Denver works with non-Native LGBT audiences to understand Native traditions and Two Spirit realities, and with Native populations to establish stronger relationships. Crisosto Apache (Mescalero Apache) and Richard Lafortune (of the Two Spirit Press Room in Minneapolis, MN) discuss Native/Two Spirit history and the dearth in foundation dollars to Native people. Read More

James Ross, City of New Orleans
Inequality in New Orleans. For many people, Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath revealed the deep race and class divisions that have shaped New Orleans, the South and our entire country. New Orleans Deputy Director of Communications James Ross shares the lessons--and what foundations can do to address communities dealing with multiple barriers. Read More

 


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