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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

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

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

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

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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