December 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm EST | by Staff reports
Foundations pledge $20 million for trans rights
Global Trans Initiative, gay news, Washington Blade

The Arcus Foundation and the NoVo Foundation are slated to give at least $20 million over five years to the Global Trans Initiative.

NEW YORK — Two foundations on Dec. 8 announced they will contribute at least $20 million over the next five years to an initiative that seeks to promote transgender rights around the world.

The Arcus Foundation and the NoVo Foundation said they will contribute money to the Global Trans Initiative.

“The Global Trans Initiative is a coordinated response to the alarming and pervasive range of disparities found within transgender communities,” said Arcus Foundation Executive Director Kevin Jennings in a press release that announced the contributions. “Together with our partners, we are committed to delivering increased and necessary resources to those in the field working tirelessly to end the violence and discrimination facing transgender people around the world.”

The press release notes that more than 1,700 trans people have been reported murdered over the last seven years. It also indicates that 20 percent of trans people in the U.S. have been homeless at some point in their lives.

The majority of the Global Trans Initiative’s work will focus on violence and discrimination against trans women of color and gender variant communities in developing countries.

“The epidemic of violence facing transgender women and girls across the globe is a crisis by any measure,” said NoVo Foundation Executive Director Pamela Shifman. “We are determined to partner with others to help address this urgent need.”

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