Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Trans-related SF groups receive Elton John grants

St. James Infirmary Executive Director Stephany Ashley. Photo: Rick Gerharter

St. James Infirmary Executive Director Stephany Ashley. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Three San Francisco nonprofits that work with transgender people have been awarded grants from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the foundation announced today (Thursday, January 12).

St. James Infirmary and Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project, which share office space and help sex workers, prisoners, and others, have together been granted $50,000 for their wrap-around reentry program.

El/La Para TransLatinas, which focuses on helping transgender Latina women around San Francisco’s Mission district, has been awarded $40,000 for capacity building.

St. James and TGIJP will use its funding, which is a renewal of a previous Elton John grant, to continue a program it launched in 2016.

“Just six months into existence, the collaboration has already supported six transgender people in immediate direct re-entry, as well as 24 transgender and gender-non-conforming individuals who were incarcerated within the past three years with services such as housing, clothing, transportation, mental health and peer support, access to hormone replacement therapy, and navigation of benefits systems and HIV care services,” the foundation said in a news release.

The program also advocates for people who are facing trial and for people who lack access to employment, among other services.

El/La will use its funding for its Próximos Pasos, or “Next Steps,” initiative to create a multi-year plan and assess services, increase staffing and salaries, and assist with professional development.

“After 20 years of providing direct services and 10 years of expanding into advocacy and community-building, El/La is a trusted entity in this community,” the foundation said. “El/La has laid the foundation for taking next steps and is ready to evolve as an organization and plan for the next 20 years.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 12, 2017 @ 5:24 pm PST
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