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U.S. Fund - Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice

U.S. Fund

Astraea’s U.S. Fund centers the liberation of queer, trans, two-spirit and intersex people of color and challenges the criminalization of 2SLBTQI BIPOC, migrants, women of color, mothers, sex workers and youth, among other constituencies who experience high levels of violence and oppression.

Astraea’s U.S. Fund centers the liberation of queer, trans, two-spirit and intersex people of color and challenges the criminalization of 2SLBTQI BIPOC, migrants, women of color, mothers, sex workers and youth, among other constituencies who experience high levels of violence and oppression. Astraea has been funding at the intersections of racial, gender, economic and reproductive justice movements for over 45 years, while centering the leadership of queer and trans people of color—one of our very first grants went to a project supporting incarcerated lesbians of color. From those roots, Astraea’s U.S. work grew to focus on movement building and uplifting 2SLBTQI people of color communities, who are the most affected by and directly responding to criminalization. Astraea strengthens organizations and movements that acknowledge and fight these multiple barriers to self-determination. 

Reflecting priorities identified by the movements we support, we highlight the following themes and values: supporting an abolitionist framework, prioritizing community organizing that directly impacts QTPOC lived realities, U.S. South-specific strategy, and healing justice, leadership development and joy. Our current funding priorities include: Bodily Autonomy, LBQ Women Leaders, Housing and Land Acquisition, Migrant Justice, and explore climate and natural disaster relief and resistance for QTPOC communities.