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Mission and Our Work | This Giving Guide | Support Queer Liberation | Queer and Trans led Directory | Support Our Work


Resist is a foundation that supports people's movements for justice and liberation. We redistribute resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their stories of building a better world.

Our Work

Resist has supported thousands of groups working on the frontlines for gender equality, racial justice, LGBTQ freedom, immigrants’ rights, economic and environmental justice. Movements for social change have transformed since Resist’s founding, and Resist continues to transform with them. Today, we fund progressive organizations that are resisting, re-imagining, healing, and transforming towards the world we want to see.

This Giving Guide

Happy Pride! This month the world celebrates the resilience, vision, and brilliance of the queer community. From its inception, pride has been a time to reflect on and resist the ongoing societal and systemic oppressions that LGBTQIA+ folks face daily. Here at Resist, we believe that the movement is winning, in beautiful ways, thanks to the queer groups on the ground moving the needle for us all. While we celebrate these wins, we ask you to join us in directly supporting these groups who marching us, hand in hand, towards a new world for us all.

[Image description: Thousands of protestors gathered outside of the Brooklyn Museum for a rally for Black Transgender Lives. Photo credit: Demetrius Freeman]

“No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.” – Marsha P Johnson

Support Queer Liberation

Below you’ll find a directory of Resist grantees who won't stop resisting and re-imagining a world until queer liberation, visibility, dignity, and rights are possible and cannot be stripped away. They deserve your direct support year-round, not just during pride month.

In this moment, amidst a global health and economic crisis and the mass uprisings across the country in response to state-sanctioned violence, these small, grassroots groups are on the frontlines, responding to and uplifting the communities forgotten by COVID-19 relief efforts, ignored and silenced by those in power.

Click on the grantees' names below to visit their websites and consider donating to their cause. Please note, some grantees receive donations through fiscal sponsors in which case you can note the grantee's name in the description box.

[Image description: Protestor wearing pink sunglasses and large white pearl earrings and a mask holds up a pink sign that reads: "BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER." There is a person to their left wearing a face shield and blue mask. Photo credit: Demetrius Freeman]

It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist. - Laverne Cox

Queer and Trans-Led Grantee Directory

* 4ward Miami, Inc. (Florida): The mission of 4Ward Miami is to promote diversity and inclusivity, economic status, and civil rights through the Gay8 Festival and other community engagement, human rights, and cultural arts programs and events.

*A.B.O. Comix (California): A.B.O. Comix is a collective of creators and activists who work to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ people experiencing incarceration through art.

* API Equality - Northern California: APIENC builds queer and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander power to amplify our voices and increase the visibility of our communities. Through organizing in the Bay Area, we inspire and train grassroots leaders, transform our values from scarcity to abundance, and partner with organizations to sustain a vibrant movement ecosystem.

* Beyond These Walls: Beyond These Walls is a Trans led organization with an exclusively LGBTQ staff and advisory committee. We believe in an LGBTQ community without conditions, where we welcome and embrace people trying to be a part of our community, even if they’ve made mistakes. We believe the criminal justice system is inherently flawed and should be completely torn down. We also believe that if people who are locked up are asking us for help right now, we have to answer their calls.

* Black and Pink Chicago: Black and Pink's mission is to abolish the criminal punishment system and to liberate LGBTQIA2S+ people/people living with HIV who are affected by that system, through advocacy, support, and organizing.

* Black and Pink, New York: Black and Pink NY works to liberate people impacted by the criminal punishment system, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or are living with HIV/AIDS.

* Black Excellence Collective (New Jersey): The Black Excellence Collective is a black-led grassroots organizing collective that uses direct action, art, and popular education to uplift and empower queer, transgender, and gender non conforming people of color. (To donate, list their name in the designation note)

* Black Love Convergence (Georgia): Black Love Convergence activates African Diasporic wisdom as a tool for restoration, innovation, and possibility within movements, communities, and the lives of those fighting for their freedom.

* Chocolate Soul Revival (North Carolina): Chocolate Soul Survival is a healing justice initiative for Black women, femmes, and gender non-conforming people, centering the lives and voices of those most marginalized amongst us, particularly, LGBTQ, low income/ working class, and disabled people.

* Colectivo Ilé (Puerto Rico): Colectivo Ilé's mission is to educate, organize and research to strengthen the anti-racist and decolonizing work leading to generate changes, psycho-social, cultural, economic, and political in and out of Puerto Rico community, academic, spiritual realm. They aim to form partnerships through community organizations with various sectors of society to affirm African roots and eradicate institutional, cultural, and individual racism in spaces inside and outside of Puerto Rico.

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Members of grantee Montgomery Pride United pose for a picture with the Transgender flag behind them.

* Earthlodge Center for Transformation (California): The Earthlodge Center for Transformation is a spiritual sanctuary for people to transform their trauma into healing and justice. We service queer (LGBT), POC, womyn, children and men who support the rise of the feminine.

* For The Gworls (New York): For the Gworls is a Black, trans-led collective that curates parties to fundraise money to help Black transgender people pay for their rent, gender-affirming surgeries, smaller co-pays for medicines/doctor’s visits, and travel assistance.

* Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center (Colorado): The Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center’s mission is to offer a safe, nonjudgmental, and visible space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, families and allies in our community.

* Fund for Empowerment (Arizona): Fund for Empowerment works to build community resources for oppressed and marginalized people, via direct services, capacity-building training, and project support.

* Garden of Peace Project (Pennsylvania): Garden of Peace Project was created to uplift, uphold, and empower the narratives and lived experiences of queer and/or trans folks of color. We work to manifest spaces of healing to shift the impact of systemic and structural violence and foster spaces of resistance and liberation. They are committed to upholding and affirming the lives and lived experiences of queer and/or trans folks of color.

* LGBT National Help Center (California): LGBT National Help Center offers vital free and confidential support and aid to the LGBT community through three crisis prevention hotlines, online chat services, moderated chatrooms, and providing the largest LGBTQ database in the country.

* Gays and Lesbians Living In a Transgender Society (G.L.I.T.S. - New York): G.L.I.T.S. approaches the health and rights crises faced by LGBTQ sex workers holistically using harm reduction, human rights principles, and social justice with a commitment to empowerment in finding solutions from our own community.

* Gender Benders (South Carolina): Gender Benders' mission is to create safe and supportive spaces for trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals by connecting them to resources, providing support, and initiating trans-inclusive community change through social action.

* Gender Portraits (Texas): Gender Portrait's mission is to advocate for transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people through art.

* Global Transgender Safety Tasks Force USA Inc. (California): Global Transgender Safety Tasks Force USA is a Nonprofit Organization strictly dedicated to promoting the safety, security, protection, and empowerment of the Transgender and GNC Community.

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Members of grantee G.L.I.T.S. pose for a picture during the opening day of their housing site.

* Heartspark Press (Washington): Heartspark Press is a volunteer-led, trans-centered organization dedicated to the liberation of transgender girls, transgender women, and CAMAB (coercively* assigned-male-at-birth) non-binary people. We nurture and publish books, anthologies, and short stories made by and for the (C)AMAB trans and non-binary community. Our programming includes online audio and video storytelling archive, workshops centered on trans writers of color, weekly community events, and quarterly performances featuring local performers and national artists.

* Interlocking Roots (New York): Interlocking Roots is a group of queer and transgender Black Indigenous People of Color (QTBIPoC) who understand food and land work as anti-oppression work and a pathway to organizing.

* Ishtar Collective (Florida): The Ishtar Collective is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the intersectional issues of sex work with LGBTQIA+, race, class, gender, and disability equity.

* LAGAI - Queer Insurrection (California): LAGAI – Queer Insurrection is a small independent radical queer activist group that started in 1983 as Lesbians and Gays Against Intervention. They are anti-authoritarian, anti-militarist, pro-feminist, and anti-racist, and they demand that queer issues never be put on the back burner.

* Lavender Rights Project (Washington): In order to advance a more just and equitable society for transgender, gender non-conforming and LGBQ people, LRP provides free and low cost civil legal services, organizing, advocacy, resources and community support centered upon by and for services focused on addressing intersectional oppressions.

* LGBTQ Freedom Fund (Florida): LGBTQ Freedom Fund pays bail to secure the safety and liberty of individuals in U.S. jails and immigration facilities. They also work to build a critical mass against the mass detention of LGBTQ people — a tangle of discrimination and poverty fuels their disproportionate incarceration.

* Liberation Medicine School (LMS - Washington): LMS’s mission is to organize a collective of Black Trans/Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary healers and students to create an Afro-indigenous healthcare and decolonial teaching program that meets the wellness needs of the Black LGBTQI community.

* LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theater (Louisiana):LOUD uses ensemble theatre to cultivate resilience, develop an intersectional analysis, and build a shared vision for liberation through devising and producing original theater by and for LGBTQ youth.

* Masjid al-Rabia (Illinois): Masjid al-Rabia provides spiritual care for marginalized Muslims. Some of the services Masjid al-Rabia provides: they host jummah prayers every Friday, they have a library of Qur’ans and critical Islamic texts free for anyone to borrow, they host regular social events for Muslims and allies who want to get involved, they educate and advocate on behalf of women, queer & trans people, and other marginalized Muslims.

* Montgomery Pride United (Alabama): Montgomery Pride United is a safe space uniting our community and advocating for LGBTQ+ rights.

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Protestor wears a ring on their left pointer finger, red nails, and holds a sign that reads: "STOP KILLING US". Photo Credit: Demetrius Freeman.

* MOVES (Philadelphia): MOVES is a collective of creative queer and trans people of color that supports cultural shifts towards a more just and inclusive city by creating and securing spaces and opportunities in which QTPOC can build community, share resources, and thrive creatively.

* Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC - Ohio): OLOC promotes the visibility of Old Lesbians, encourages activism and addresses ageism and areas of oppression affecting Lesbians.

* Out in the Open (Vermont): Out in the Open connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power.

* P.L.U.S. Memphis (Tennessee): P.L.U.S. works to improve health outcomes, increase health equity, literacy, and access for all by enchaining the awareness of HIV, STI, and other public health issues that contribute to the economic and social disparities faced here in the Southern United States.

* P0STB1NARY (D.C.): P0STB1NARY is a Washington, DC based counter-cultural ecosystem and music platform uplifting the autonomy, safety, wellness, and creative development of Black trans and gender expansive cultural workers.

* QLatinx (Florida): QLatinx is a grassroots racial, social, and gender justice organization dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of Central Florida's LGBTQ+ Latinx community.

* QTPOC Birthwerq Project (Washington): QTPOC Birthwerq Project seeks to create access to birth education for TGN people of color. Our goal is to increase the number of trans people of color doulas and do movement-building between Reproductive Justice and Trans Justice organizing.

* Queer Exchange (Texas): Queer Exchange facilitates and increases access to information and knowledge, and helps LGBTQIA+ individuals find inclusive services, providers, employers, and care. 

* Rad Care (Washington): RAD Care stands for Radical Accessible and Decolonizing Community Care and works to provide better public health with those most disenfranchised by society by creating leadership and economic opportunities. They are led by QTPOCs who also have disabilities, have HIV, have Hep C, who are also sex workers, are active drug users, are homeless &/or participate in street economies.

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Members of grantee Somos Familia Valle attend the SFV Liberation Not Deportation Rally: Family Acceptance holding a Mexican flag, Gay and Trans flags, and signs that read: "Abolish I.C.E.".

* Reclaim UGLY (California): Reclaim UGLY is an intergenerational, multi-racial, LGBTQIA+ and Black-led organization that serves social justice-minded communities and centers the voices and needs of people who exist within the following intersections of identity: Black, Indigenous, and Mixed Race People of Color (BIMPOC), Fat/People of Size, LGBTQIA+, and Sick and Disabled People.

* Semillas (Puerto Rico): Semillas seeks to co-create a safer healing space for trans and gender non-conforming community members in Puerto Rico and the diaspora. To donate to Semillas, email Semillaspr1@gmail.com. 

* Somos Familia Valle (California): Somos Familia Valle is our local San Fernando Valley community organization led by trans queer people of color dedicated to support, empower, train, and mobilize our families, and allies for racial, gender, environmental, and economic justice.

* The Knights and Orchids Society (TKO - Alabama): TKO strives to build the power of the TLBG community for people of color in Alabama to obtain our dream of justice and equality through group economics, education, leadership development, and organizing cultural work.

* The National LGBTQ Workers Center (New York): The National LGBTQ Workers Center (NLWC) is a for-us, by-us, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer organization where workers learn to resist workplace discrimination and collectively fight for economic justice.

* The Outlaw Project (Arizona): The Outlaw Project is based on the principles of intersectionality to prioritize the leadership of people of color, transgender women, gender non-binary and migrants for sex worker rights.

* The Womanist Working Collective (Pennsylvania): The Womanist Working Collective is a social action and support collective for Black womyn (both cis & trans), femmes & gender non-conforming folks who work as a Community of Practice that unapologetically centers our Quality of Life.

* Till Arts Project (Pennsylvania): Till Arts Project is committed to providing a safe space and resources for LGBTQ+ artists to make and exhibit their work, and to network and collaborate with each other and by giving LGBTQ+ youth artists training to be organizers and leaders.

* Fighting Eating Disorders in Underrepresented Populations (FEDUP - New York): FEDUP's mission is to make visible, interrupt, and undermine the disproportionately high incidence of eating disorders in trans and gender diverse individuals through radical community healing, recovery institution reform, empowerment, and education.

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Victoria Montaño stands proudly at the BAAITS Two-Spirit Powwow on Feb 8, 2020. Photo credit: Delilah Friedler/Mother Jones.

* Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER - California): TSER is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting, training, and empowering trans students nationwide through advocacy and education.

* Trans(forming) (Georgia): Trans(forming) is a metro Atlanta membership-based organization led by trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming people of color, assigned female at birth. that strives for their communities to live with dignity, wellness, and connection for liberation.

* Two Spirit, Trans and Womxns Action Camp (TTWAC - Minneapolis): The TTWAC mission is to build a frontline resistance camp that provides skill shares and empowerment to Two Spirit, Trans people and Womxn while taking direct action against the Line 3 pipeline.

“All powers have two sides, the power to create and the power to destroy. We must recognize them both, but invest our gifts on the side of creation.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer

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[Image description: Protestors gather around the Brooklyn Museum wearing masks, mostly wearing white, holding signs. Two protestors hold a large banner in brown, black, and purple that reads: "Black Trans Lives Matter." Photo credit: Demetrius Freeman]

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