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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.

Kalpana Krishnamurthy, Western States Center
Effective alliances take time. Western States Center has partnered with Basic Rights Oregon to support organizations in Oregon to adopt frameworks for LGBTQ rights and racial justice. RACE and Gender Justice Programs Director Kalpana Krishnamurthy shares how to build relationships across movements for social justice. Read More

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

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

Benjamin De Guzman, Glenn Magpantay & Mala Nagarajan, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
An LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander movement. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance has formed to address issues facing their diverse communities and support local groups nationwide. Co-Directors Benjamin De Guzman, Glenn Magpantay and Mala Nagarajan discuss immigration reform, a recent directory of organizations and their role in broader LGBTQ and APPI communities. 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

Jorge Cestou, Unid@s, The National Latin@ LGBT Human Rights Organization
Diversity in latin@ cultures. A national organization for LGBTQ Latin@’s has formed to address the distinct issues facing a culturally and historically diverse community. Unid@s Board Co-Chair Jorge Cestou describes what a national LGBTQ Latin@ voice can accomplish. Read More

Ignatius Bau, The California Endowment
A healthy, more equitable society. From patient-centered quality care to immigration reform, many policies explicitly affect LGBTQ people of color. The California Endowment believes that what's most most needed for LGBTQ communities is what's most needed for everyone in our society. Program Director Ignatius Bau explains this framework. Read More

Masen Davis, Transgender Law Center
Gender freedom and self expression. While state legislatures are gradually enacting laws to protect transgender and gender non-conforming people, significant economic, educational and health disparities continue to impact transgender people—especially transgender people of color. Transgender Law Center Executive Director Masen Davis discusses their new landmark report on California transgender people and explains what funders can do to foster gender freedom and self expression. Read More

 


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