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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

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

Ron Rowell, Native Americans in Philanthropy
The importance of native histories. Learning the various histories and crushing societal conditions of Native people in our country—including Two-Spirit communities—is crucial for grantmakers. Native Americans in Philanthropy Board Chair Ron Rowell shares some insights. Read More

Harlan Pruden, Northeast Two-Spirit Society (NE2SS)
Supporting indigenous efforts. The systemic barriers facing indigenous/Two-Spirit people in this country have led to catastrophic outcomes—though data rarely captures these realities. Northeast Two-Spirit Society Co-Founder Harlan Pruden explains why and outlines what funders should consider when working with Native communities. 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

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

 


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