Queer Kentucky is excited to announce that we have received a grant from the Tegan and Sara Foundation to help our Trans-Inclusive Workplace Workshops continue through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tegan and Sara Foundation has always focused on grassroots action, and their first priority is meeting the immediate needs of the community (while they fight for long-term change). As with many crises, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact in LGBTQ+ communities. Factors like compromised immune systems, higher rates of tobacco use within the LGBTQ+ community, and provider discrimination make us especially vulnerable during COVID-19.
In March, the foundation launched their Community Grants program, offering microgrants ($500-$1000) to individuals and small organizations with projects that are supporting LGBTQ+ community through the COVID-19 pandemic, whether through providing crucial resources, creating spaces online for art, positivity and conversation, and more. Along with public health workers and essential retail workers, the uplifting, creative, grassroots ideas are the ones getting us through the quarantine. They granted more than $20,000 to grassroots organizations in their first cycle.
Over the coming weeks, the foundation will be spotlighting the incredible work of each of their partners, as well as presenting interviews with these organizations on their Instagram Live – starting with QueerKentucky who are going live with one of the cofounders, Tegan of Tegan and Sara, on Friday at 12pm ET / 3pm ET.
We’ll see you then!