Trans people have always been a critical part of feminist movements. Trans activism for gender justice has been driving change for all of our liberation, healing, and freedom, even in the face of pathologization, erasure, and dehumanization. Feminist movements have historically excluded trans people, which is evident in the growing anti-trans rhetoric promoted by trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs). Furthermore, we are witnessing a moment of rising global ‘anti-gender ideology’ movements. These rhetorics aren’t just theoretical but manifest into oppressive laws, discrimination, and violence which have devastating and dangerous implications on trans people’s ability to live their lives wholly and with dignity.
As a fund for young feminists, FRIDA recognizes the urgent need for funders to center trans people as the experts on what they need to thrive as well as to move more and better resources to support trans people, particularly those at the margins such as young, black, indigenous and sex worker trans people. With this in mind, FRIDA has developed a ✨Strategy for Resourcing and Engaging Young Trans Feminist Movements.✨ This strategy was developed to support FRIDA’s journey to better resourcing and engaging with trans-led and centered groups, including FRIDA grantee partners but also the broader trans movement. Through it, we hope not only to improve how we, as a funder, show up for the trans movement, but also to inspire other funders in their processes.