The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund (RJF) is a landmark funder collaborative dedicated to addressing the root causes of injustice for LGBTQ people of color (POC). As the only grantmaking body focused on the intersection of racial and LGBTQ justice in the U.S. South, RJF recognizes the leadership of LGBTQGNC POC in that under-resourced region and specifically focuses on their innovative and inspiring organizing. RJF’s long-term vision is for a society in which LGBTQ people of color are welcomed, affirmed, and respected and can live full, authentic lives without fear of demonization, criminalization, or institutional discrimination.
RJF is housed at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea), the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. Astraea supports brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity. The first funder to hundreds of groups, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI organizations in the U.S. and across the world.
In 2018, the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund awarded $745,000 to 6 grantee partners, supporting developing sectors of the LGBTQ movement doing cross-movement, coalition-building work in the U.S. South. Specifically, our grantee partners are working against criminalization, mass incarceration, homelessness, state violence, educational inequity, discrimination in social services, and more. In addition, RJF provides separate capacity-building funds to their grantees, recognizing the need for infrastructure- and leadership-building initiatives. In the past 12 months, these grants (together with rapid-response grants) have totaled $10,000. In total, the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund provided $755,000 to Southern multi-issue organizations in their fourth year.
We hope you will find out more about RJF’s grantee partners here and support their vital work in building a liberatory world for all of us. Any grantmakers interested in learning more or joining RJF’s Steering Committee, please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.