It’s time to #TransTheVote.

Trans United Fund is committed to building the political power of trans and gender expansive communities and our allies to advocate for trans equality.

Trans United Fund accomplishes this mission through engaging trans and gender expansive people and our allies in the political process, building the political leadership and capacity of trans people and allies, and endorsing candidates with a commitment to our communities and a pro-trans platform.

Candidates seeking the support of Trans United Fund must go above and beyond support for basic issues of LGBTQ equality, such as supporting inclusive non-discrimination measures. Candidates must demonstrate a strong and proactive commitment to tackling issues like HIV/AIDS, immigration, violence, unemployment, and healthcare disparities, which disproportionately impact trans and gender expansive communities.

Trans United Fund is the (c)(4) arm of Trans United and represents the only national express advocacy political group centering trans lives. We are non-partisan and organized around the conviction that endorsements and community support must be earned.

Learn about Trans United (c)(3)’s work to build leadership and capacity in the movement for trans equality.

Trans United Fund (c)(4) has three programs for the 2016 Cycle:

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Presidential Endorsement Program

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Building Trans/Gender Expansive Political Power

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Educating Allies Program


Trans United Fund Advisory Committee*:

*Organizations listed for identification purposes only

Alexa Diaz

Alexa Diaz

The Alexa Diaz Radio Show

Angelica Ross

Angelica Ross

TransTech Social Enterprises

Arianna Lint

Arianna Lint

Trans Latin@ Coalition

Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo

Trans Latin@ Coalition

Brynn Tannehill

Brynn Tannehill

Sparta, Co-Chair of Trans United Families For Equality

Catalina Vasquez

Catalina Vasquez

Consult Catalina

Danni Askini

Danni Askini

Gender Justice League

DeShanna Neal

DeShanna Neal

Co-Chair, Trans United Families for Equality

Jacob Tobia

Jacob Tobia

Astrea Lesbian Foundation For Justice

Jada Mercedes Cardona

Jada Mercedes Cardona

Transitions Louisiana

Kayley Whalen

Kayley Whalen

National LGBTQ Task Force

Mason Dunn

Mason Dunn

Mass Trans Political Coalition

Melissa Sklarz

Melissa Sklarz

Stonewall Democratic Club of New York

Misha D. Clive

Misha D. Clive

Green America

Monica Roberts

Monica Roberts

Transgriot

Owen Smith

Owen Smith

Western States Center

Rebecca Juro

Rebecca Juro

Trans United Fund Communications Committee

Alison Gill

Alison Gill

The Parallax Group, LLC

Hayden J. Mora

Hayden J. Mora

The Parallax Group, LLC

Alexa Diaz

Alexa Diaz

The Alexa Diaz Radio Show

Alexa Diaz is a trans radio personality who works to include rural trans people in the trans rights political process. She comes from a background in media training and communication strategy to prepare transgender leaders to educate the public and media on trans issues. Alexa has previously worked with organizations and universities to educate heteronormative individuals on trans rights, statistics, and kindness. She is the former news presenter at Gay News Radio and previously directed the Southern Illinois Transgender Alliance. Alexa is a member of Trans Lifeline and served on the Bernie Sanders campaign as a trans* policy consultant.

Angelica Ross

Angelica Ross

TransTech Social Enterprises

From the board room, to film sets, to the White House, Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for trans and racial equality. Named “1st Foot Soldier of the Year” in 2015 by Melissa Harris Perry, Angelica is the founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, a company that empowers trans and gender nonconforming people through on-the-job training in leadership and workplace skills. Angelica has toured nationally, speaking her powerful mission into action with business leaders, educators, and the President of the United States.

Since studying theater at Florida Atlantic University, Angelica has been featured in film, television, and live theatre. Miss Ross is the breakout star of the upcoming series Her Story, which explores the deeply moving lives and loves of two trans women in LA.  For over ten years, Angelica has directly engaged her communities in order to create opportunities for independence, freedom, and success through social work, entrepreneur and leadership development, business building, and education.

Angelica continues to engage leaders both at home and abroad, teaching, entertaining, and consulting for organizational change that creates space for the rich experiences of trans people and people of color to speak, share their value, and create lasting success. A devout buddhist, Angelica walks with compassion and believes that all people have worth — it is only a matter of helping each person find it for themselves.

Arianna Lint

Arianna Lint

Arianna's Center, TransLatin@ Coalition

Arianna Lint is a transgender woman originally from Peru, where she graduated from law school. She has been working for the Florida Health Department in the field of HIV/AIDS since 2006. As a transgender woman, she has seen firsthand how her own community has been ravished by this life altering disease. Since then, she has dedicated her time to educating, mentoring and advocating for people in her community. Arianna has experience in public speaking, facilitating classes about transgender issues, HIV in transgender communities, diversity, workshops and she also provides pre/post counseling, testing and event planning in the field of HIV prevention, doing outreach for those at risk of contracting HIV. Arianna has had the opportunity to work with ADAP & CHEERS for Peers, and the Work Group for Transgender people in the Florida State, for the Florida Health Dept. Later on in an immunology clinic she was on the front lines with people that have been infected and affected by HIV as a Family Support Worker and later on as a Human Services Counselor II. Arianna is East Chair for TransLatin@ Coalition, which advocates for the specific needs of the trans-Latina immigrant community in the United States and plans advocacy strategies that would improve their quality of life. Arianna works with a passion to help educate and advocate for others, and is currently seeking her Masters in Social Work at UCF.
Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo

Trans Latin@ Coalition

Bamby Salcedo is a proud trans Latina woman, and a highly regarded, nationally and internationally recognized activist, advocate, community organizer and social justice advocate and professional. Bamby's most recent employer was Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She spent eight dedicated years as the Health Education and HIV Prevention Services Coordinator at the nation’s largest and most experienced clinical program providing multidisciplinary healthcare and services to trans youth. Her remarkable and wide-ranging activist work has brought voice and visibility to not only the trans community, but also to the multiple overlapping communities and issues that her life has touched including migration, HIV, youth, LGBT, incarceration and Latin@ communities. Through her instinctive leadership, she has birthed several organizations that created community where there was none, and advocate for the rights, dignity, and humanity for those who have been without a voice. BambySalcedo.com TransLatin@ Coalition  
Brynn Tannehill

Brynn Tannehill

Sparta, Co-Chair - Trans United Families For Equality

Brynn Tannehill is originally from Phoenix, Ariz. She graduated from the Naval Academy with a B.S. in computer science in 1997. She earned her Naval Aviator wings in 1999 and flew SH-60B helicopters and P-3C maritime patrol aircraft during three deployments between 2000 and 2004. She served as a campaign analyst while deployed overseas to 5th Fleet Headquarters in Bahrain from 2005 to 2006. In 2008 Brynn earned a M.S. in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology and transferred from active duty to the Naval Reserves.

In 2008 Brynn began working as a senior defense research scientist in private industry. She left the drilling reserves and began transition in 2010. Since then she has written for the Huffington Post, OutServe magazine and Queer Mental Health as a blogger and featured columnist, and been a speaker and panelist for PFLAG, Netroots Nation, National Organization for Gay and Lesbian Scientific and Technical Professionals, and other venues. Brynn and her partner Janis currently live in Xenia, Ohio, with their three children. Brynn is the Co-Chair of Trans United Families For Equality.

Sparta
Brynn at HuffPo

Catalina Velasquez

Catalina Velasquez

Consult Catalina

Catalina Velasquez is the President and founder of Consult Catalina, a premier strategic policy, communications and diversity firm. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, Catalina is an alumnus of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she majored in International Politics: International Law, Norms, & Institutions with a Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Her thesis was titled "Immigrant Women: the Documented, the Undocumented, and the Invisible; The Female Face of Immigration." Catalina has extended consulting and speaking engagement services for over a decade. She created a policy shop and public affairs department for People for the American Way leading their youth arm: Young People For (YP4), and restructured their training curriculum to meet the most cutting edge needs of an interconnected world and global economy.

Among many of the organizations that Catalina has worked and consulted on strategic messaging and policy are the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, D.C. Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, the AFL-CIO, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Catalina is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and was awarded the title of Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation and the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace.

Catalina is the first transgender immigrant Latina appointed as a Commissioner for the D.C. Office of Latino Affairs since 2013 and was hand picked by the 2016 Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign to join the Vermont U.S. Senator's LGBT Policy team. After the campaign, Catalina joined the legacy organization Our Revolution as Board Vice-Chair. Recently, Catalina was named one of Rolling Stone’s “16 Young Americans Shaping the 2016 Election” and one of Mitu’s “Young Latinos that are Leaving a Footprint in Politics.”
Catalina also serves on the Board of Directors of Megaphone Strategies, a strategic communication national nonprofit, GetEqual, a national LGBTQ grassroots organization, and Inclusv, a diversity employment initiative to diversify the political and policy fields. Catalina is also on the Advisory Board of United We DREAM's Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project at the largest run and led immigrant youth organization in the United States.

Danni Askini

Danni Askini

Gender Justice League

Danni Askini is one of the founders and the current Executive Director of Gender Justice League and Trans Pride Seattle. She was the former National Program Director for GSA Network in San Francsico, the Policy Director for Basic Rights Oregon, and the first Transgender Health Program Director at Verbena Health where she ran the Transform Health Project.

Gender Justice League is a Washington State trans and allied activist collective headquartered in Seattle. GJL was started by a group of long time trans, queer, and allied activists who were looking to increase the community’s capacity to address cissexism, transphobia, transmisogyny and homo, bi, and queer phobias that trans, and gender non-conforming people face. GJL is focused on creating community through advocacy efforts and shared leadership development. Recognizing that only 4% of employees in the major LGBT organizations are trans identified and that trans people face nearly double the unemployment rate of cis people in this country, GJL is situated in a Gender Justice model that seeks to empower trans people to combat the systemic oppression, discrimination, and violence that we face in our daily lives.

Gender Justice League

 

DeShanna Neal

DeShanna Neal

Co-Chair, Families For Equality

DeShanna is Co-Chair of Trans United Families For Equality. Trans United Families for Equality was founded to support and empower the families of trans and gender non-binary people. DeShanna anchors Trans United Families of Color for Equality, a special program of Trans United Fund focused on outreach, support and empowerment of families of color.

DeShanna is the proud mother of a trans child and an advocate for trans equality. She is featured in Trans United Fund’s video Meet My Child, a message to politicians that spread hate and promote violence against trans communities.

 

Jacob Tobia

Jacob Tobia

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Jacob Tobia is committed to justice for gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and transgender people. Their writing has appeared inThe Guardian, The New York Times, Buzzfeed and The Nation, and their activism has been profiled on MSNBC, MTV, The Washington Post, Huffpost Live, and other digital outlets. At the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Jacob works to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. A philanthropic organization, Astraea supports brilliant and brave grantee in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change.

Jacob previously served as the Global Initiatives and Partnerships Fellow at Out Leadership, a global LGBT advisory firm dedicated to the intersection of business and LGBT equality. During their time at Out Leadership, Jacob helped coordinate international LGBT leadership summits in Hong Kong, London, and New York for senior leaders at global corporations. They have also worked for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the United Nations Foundation. Jacob holds a BA from Duke University in Human Rights Advocacy. Jacob currently eats too much sriracha and lives in Brooklyn.

Jada Mercedes Cardona

Jada Mercedes Cardona

Transitions Louisiana

Jada is the founder of Transitions Louisiana, a community center in development to serve the Louisiana area LGBTQ community, cultivating new leaders and empowering people to thrive and live healthy, honored and dignified lives. Jada is the first Latinx transgender spokesperson for the Center for Disease Control's HIV Treatment Works campaign. She is the White House Consultant for the Office of National AIDS Policy, and the first openly transgender person hired full time by the State of Louisiana in the Health Department.
Kayley Whalen

Kayley Whalen

National LGBTQ Task Force

Kayley Whalen is the Digital Strategy and Social Media Manager for the National LGBTQ Task Force, the first and longest-running national organization which advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. Kayley is a social justice activist and writer who works at the intersections of transgender issues, humanism, drug policy reform and HIV/AIDS harm reduction. She also volunteers as a member of the Communications Committee for the Ingersoll Gender Center. Prior to joining the National LGBTQ Task Force, she was a development associate at the American Humanist Association and a financial analyst at Fannie Mae.

As an activist for medical cannabis, Kayley’s work was instrumental in the legalization of marijuana in Washington, DC. In 2008 Kayley joined the DC Rollergirls roller derby league and chaired their Sponsorship Committee from 2010 to 2013. She’s also served on their Board of Directors. Her story “Talk Derby To Me” was published in the anthology Gender Outlaws the Next Generation. Kayley was the Keynote Speaker at TransOhio 2016.

National LGBTQ Task Force
Kayley’s writing for the Huffington Post

Mason Dunn

Mason Dunn

Mass Trans Political Coalition

Mason is the Executive Director of Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.

Mason served on the steering committee for Transgender New Hampshire and an organizer with the New Hampshire Coalition for Transgender Equality. An educator and activist, Mason is also an adjunct faculty member in the communications department at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, where he specializes in LGBTQ images and perspectives. In 2010, Mason organized the first-ever TransForm New Hampshire conference, a three-day event that brought medical, social service, and legal professionals together with members of the transgender community from across the country.

Mason graduated from the University of New Hampshire School of Law as a member of the Daniel Webster Honors Scholar program in 2012 and holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Western Oregon University. He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association. When Mason is not working for social justice, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren, and backpacking, kayaking, and pursing his more geeky interests.

Melissa Sklarz

Melissa Sklarz

Stonewall Democratic Club of New York

Melissa Sklarz is the President of Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, the largest LGBT Democratic Club in New York. She became the first transgender person elected to office in New York in 1999 when she was elected Judicial Delegate from the 66th Assembly District. In 2004, Melissa became the first transgender person from New York to be part of the state delegation at the Democratic National Convention, by being appointed to the Credentials Committee and again to the Rules Committee in 2008.

She helped bring civil rights to transgender people in New York City when INT 24 became law in 2002, and has been a lobbying leader for GENDA (Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act) in New York State. She served on the Board of National Stonewall Democrats for 8 years, with the last 2 serving as Board Co-Chair, and in 2008, Melissa was a co-chair for Obama Pride NYC, helping to organize the LGBT community for the campaign. Locally, Melissa serves on the NYPD Commissioner’s LGBT Advisory Committee and on the SAGE Advisory Committee for LGBT seniors. Melissa also serves as the co-chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation Board of Directors.

Misha D. Clive

Misha D. Clive

Green America

Misha is a social enterprise advocate who has served the small green business community for over seven years, and is a founding member of Impact Hub DC. Misha’s LGBTQ advocacy began in high school when they served as co-president of the GSA. They are passionate about progressive advocacy and have worked on many political campaigns, including the campaign that successfully ended Rick Santorum’s Senate career and the No on Prop 8 campaign in California.

Misha served on the Host Committee for the National Equality March in DC, and was part of the founding team of Full Equality Now! DC. With FEN!DC, Misha was an organizer for direct action against the Family, the American arch-conservative group responsible for the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda. Misha also ran logistics for Equalicon, the Mid-Atlantic Regional LGBTQ Equality Conference. Misha has ten years of public speaking experience and was a plenary speaker at TransOhio 2016, presenting on the intersections of trans identities and disabilities. Misha is also a web design and UX professional who built this website.

Monica Roberts

Monica Roberts

TransGriot

Monica Roberts, aka the TransGriot, is a native Houstonian and trailblazing trans community leader.  She works diligently at educating and encouraging acceptance of trans people inside and outside the larger African-American community and is an award winning blogger, history buff, thinker, lecturer and passionate advocate on trans issues. Monica seeks to not only end the erasure of African-American trans voices from a movement they played significant roles in starting, but get African-American transpeople and other voices of color more involved in empowering themselves.  Her activism focus is educating the TBLG community and allies about our issues and concerns in addition to shedding light about the struggles of GLBT people across the African Diaspora.

Monica was a founding member of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition and served from 1999-2002 on the inaugural board as NTAC’s Political Director.   She was a co-host on the GLBT themed radio show ‘After Hours’ on KPFT-FM from 1999-2001, served on the boards of Louisville’s Fairness Campaign and C-FAIR, and helped organize the 2005 and 2006 Transsistahs-Transbrothas Conferences that took place in that city. She wrote a newspaper column from 2004-2007 for the Louisville-based GLBT newspaper The Letter that was the precursor to the award winning TransGriot blog she founded in January 2006 and participated in the historic trans themed panel discussion at Netroots Nation 2012.

Her writing about transgender issues from a Black perspective has appeared at Ebony.com, Loop21.com, Transadvocate, Racialicious, Feministe, Global Comment, The Bilerico Project, What Tami Said and Womanist Musings. She’s advocated for trans human rights protections since 1998 and has lobbied at the federal, state and local levels in Kentucky and Texas. In 2006 she became the third African-American trans person and the first African-American Texan to be given the IFGE Trinity Award, the transgender community’s highest meritorious service award.

TransGriot

Owen Smith

Owen Smith

Western States Center

Owen serves the Western States Center as Capacity Building Manager, working across programs to support trainings and leadership development. Western States Center works to connect and build the power of community organizations to challenge and transform individuals, organizations and systems to achieve racial, gender and economic justice. Owen is formally the Program Director at Equality Utah, where they worked on LGBTQ nondiscrimination policy. Prior to moving west, Owen worked for Equality Maryland, focusing on both the DREAM Act and marriage equality. Owen has facilitated many trans-inclusive trainings, and has worked to build leadership programs for transgender organizers with support from Gender Justice LA. Owen believes strongly in community empowerment and engagement. They are a founding member of Baltimore's Team Trans Collective, a group focused on trans-inclusive trainings, and the Charm City Boys, a gender performance theatrical troupe.
Rebecca Juro

Rebecca Juro

Trans United Fund Communications Committee

Rebecca is a long time leader in the transgender and LGBTQIA movement, a respected journalist and the host of ‘The Becky Juro Show.” Her work has appeared in a variety of LGBTQIA media outlets including: The Advocate, The Bilerico Project, The Washington Blade, Gay City News, Windy City Times, and LGBT Nation.
Alison Gill

Alison Gill

The Parallax Group, LLC

Alison Gill is an accomplished attorney and a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ law. Alison is a senior partner at the Parallax Group, focusing on policy implementation and compliance, legislative drafting, advocacy strategy, and risk mitigation. Clients praise her ability to summarize and present complex legal and policy matters in an accessible and succinct manner. The Parallax Group is a trans-led consulting firm that provides a range of support for state and local agencies, nonprofits, and other organizations including strategic issue advocacy, organizational capacity building, and organizational development. Prior to founding the Parallax Group, Alison served as Senior Legislative Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign where she managed state-level advocacy concerning conversion therapy, anti-bullying, education non-discrimination, transgender issues, LGBTQ health and wellness, HIV policy, youth homelessness, and LGBTQ data collection. Prior to her work with HRC, Alison served as Government Affairs Director with The Trevor Project and as State Policy Manager with GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

Hayden J. Mora

Hayden J. Mora

The Parallax Group, LLC

Hayden Mora is the founder and principal of The Parallax Group, a trans led consulting firm that works to combines rigorous analysis, community input and policy and electoral experience to create sustainable, progressive change. Previously he served as the first transgender member of the senior executive team at the Human Rights Campaign as the deputy chief of staff and prior to that was the deputy national political director at the Service Employees International Union.
Paid for by the Trans United Fund and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Contributions to Trans United Fund are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions.