Members Respond to the Trump Administration

Published: February 27, 2017
Author(s): Andrew Wallace

The weekend of January 20th saw the inauguration of a President who had promised to curtail the rights of immigrants, LGBTQ people, people of color, and women. As the new administration began taking steps to fulfill that regressive agenda, millions of people around the world took to the streets to oppose hate, bigotry, greed, and misogyny. A number of philanthropic leaders and institutions have responded with bold statements and actions, standing up against the Trump administration and taking innovative steps to support rapid-response resistance and long-term movement building for social change. Below are highlights of how members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues have taken steps not only in defense of LGBTQ rights, but also of immigrant rights, racial justice, and reproductive justice.

  • Executive director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, J. Bob Alotta, addressed the crowd at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st. Alotta’s speech urged the crowd to unite in solidarity and embrace a queer notion of love. Read a full text of the speech or watch the video from the event.
  • The Arcus Foundation announced limited funding to help grantees address specific, short-term needs and pressures they are experiencing in light of new political realities.
  • Third Wave Fund‘s Mobilizing Power Fund will provide rapid response funding for direct action, community mobilization, and healing justice to fuel the resistance to the administration’s policies.