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The Power of Two: Funding at the Nexus of LGBT Rights and Repro Rights/Repro Justice

June 25, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET
Ford Foundation
320 E 43rd St.
New York, NY 10017

The LGBT and reproductive rights/justice movements work principally on separate tracks, while sharing core values and common adversaries. How can the power at the intersection of the two be leveraged for the greatest effect? How can funders, often constrained by institutional structures that favor discrete issues, support intersectional alliances?

This day-long dialogue will examine ways in which the cross sectional work has already borne fruit and begin strategic thinking about concrete opportunities to advance the agendas of both movements.


This event is sponsored by the Arcus Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Moriah Fund and convened by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights


Please arrive at the Ford Foundation at 8:45, in time to pass through security and find a seat in the conference room. We will start promptly at 9:00.
  • 9:00-9:30 Welcome and introductions

  • 9:45-10:30 Causes in Common
    Making the most of our common causes is a great idea, but it is not a new one. In 2003, the LGBT Community Center in New York created a groundbreaking national organizing alliance between LGBT activists and those fighting for reproductive justice. What did they learn?

    Richard Burns, Interim Executive Director, The Funding Exchange,
    Former Executive Director of the Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 1986 – 2009
    Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, formerly with the LGBT Community Center
    Moderator: Stephen Foster, Overbrook Foundation

  • 10:30-10:45 Break

  • 10:45-12:00 Power building: Exploiting the potential of two movements
    What does it mean to work across these two areas? What can be gained and what are the challenges? What, in particular, should a funder know?

    Rea Carey, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    Kris Hayashi, Transgender Law Center
    Kierra Johnson, Choice USA
    Moderator: Desiree Flores, Arcus Foundation

  • 11:2-1:00 Lunch

  • 1:00-3:10 Front lines: Working at the nexus and making the nexus work
    What does cross-issue work look like in practice? In a marketplace setting, hear from advocates and activists doing work at the intersection of LGBTQ and reproductive rights and justice on the ground. After framing remarks by Frances Kunreuther, Building Movement Project, choose four of the following speakers for 20-minute cycles.

    Heather Cronk, GetEQUAL
    GetEQUAL works in one of the nation's most hostile environments for LGBTQ and reproductive rights: the state of Texas. The LGBTQ organization takes action with reproductive justice partners.

    June Gipson, My Brother's Keeper
    Established as an entity dedicated to the prevention, care and treatment of persons with HIV, My Brother's Keeper is a community based organization working to eliminate health disparities among vulnerable populations. Its Open Arms Healthcare Center serves underinsured and underrepresented populations with a particular understanding of the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

    Malika Redmond, SPARK
    In SPARK's own words, "the South is ground zero for dangerous and restrictive legislative policies, but is also home to a number of fierce communities that intersect gender justice and LGBTQI sexual and health rights with racial justice and immigrants’ rights. We know what it means to build with community; the voices of the most marginalized and underrepresented."

    Amanda Wake, Forward Together
    Forward Together's vision of reproductive justice embraces a wide range of issues. Wake's work as an organizer provides an up-close look at cross-sectoral work in communities across the country.

    Sarah Lipton-Lubet, National Partnership for Women and Families
    Whether religiously affiliated business or for-profit companies have a right to refuse to follow the law based on owners' religious beliefs has implications for both LGBTQ and reproductive rights. Lipton-Lubet's previous job was as Policy Counsel at the ACLU, where she was an expert on religious refusals.

    Elana Redfield, Sylvia Rivera Law Project
    Both LGBTQ and reproductive justice advocates are concerned with expanding and protecting the freedom to self-determine gender identity and expression. What does this work involve?

    David Mattingly, Fund for Global Human Rights
    The struggles for LGBTQ and reproductive rights and justice are global. Mattingly provides a glimpse of the intersections in the international human rights arena.

  • 3:10-3:30 Break

  • 3:30 - 5:00 Funder only discussion


Only Grantmakers Invited? Yes

Category(s): Philanthropic Sector, General LGBTQ Community