The State of Trans* and Intersex Organising

Publisher: Global Action for Trans* Equality, American Jewish World Service and Strength in Numbers
Author: Global Action for Trans* Equality, American Jewish World Service and Strength in Numbers
Published date: 29th Jan 2014

The authors of this report—Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE) and American Jewish World Service (AJWS)—heard repeatedly about the difficulty of accessing funding from their grantees and the activists they partner with. Although the problem appeared universal, no data was available to support the claim, and so GATE and AJWS set out to survey trans* and intersex organizations around the world to map the current funding situation and to determine what changes in the philanthropic sector would be most helpful to strengthen these growing movements. This report summarizes the findings of the survey of 340 trans* and intersex groups, conducted from July to September 2013. It shows current data and themes in the funding of trans* and intersex groups and the challenges and obstacles experienced by these groups in accessing resources. It also highlights key differences in access to funding between groups that are led by trans* and intersex activists, and those that are not. The authors state that their findings show clearly that groups led by trans* and intersex activists are under resourced—yet in the midst of this challenging funding context they are doing remarkably successful work to promote the rights and improve the lives of their constituents and communities. To emphasize their efficacy and potential, this report highlights examples of successful trans* and intersex organizing efforts around the world.

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