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Perspectives

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.

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

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

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

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

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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