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For the Gworls: Helping Black Trans People Pay for Rent and Gender-Affirming Surgeries

For the Gworls is a Black and trans-led collective that fundraises money to help Black transgender people pay for rent, gender-affirming surgeries, co-pays for medication and doctor’s visits, and traveling to medical facilities.  

The collective started on July 4, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York, where founder Asanni Armon decided to throw a party to fundraise for their friends who were about to be evicted. Then they brought in Maahd, FTG’s resident DJ, for the creative aspects. Thus, For the Gworls was born.

The collective helps the Black trans community in the coolest, most pleasurable way: by hosting monthly parties. These extravaganzas may be gram-worthy, but they’re also made for a wonderful cause. Every party has the goal of raising money to help Black trans people pay for their rent and gender-affirming surgeries.

A study by the National LGBTQ Task Force shows that Black trans people have a 26% unemployment rate, which is much more than literally everyone else. The same study showed that nearly half of Black trans people have been homeless, over five times the rate in the general population. And 34% of Black trans people have a household income of less than $10,000 a year. 

Contributions from For the Gworls are much-needed in this community.

For the Gworls is one of several causes Daylight has supported in 2021, in keeping with our mission of financial services by and for LGBTQ people. Other causes we’ve supported include the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship, Next Generation Project, and Ali Forney Center, to name a few.

Since their unveiling, For the Gworls has been featured on BBC, VICE, AFROPUNK, Autostraddle, Forbes and PAPER, among others. 

In an interview with AFROPUNK, Asanni explained how they got started. “After I announced I would do [these rent parties] every month, my inbox got flooded with so many requests. … If you’re Black and trans, I’m not going to refuse you. I’m just not going to push you away, because that’s what the world does to us. We don’t need anybody else doing that to us, especially not another community member.”

If you’re just as amazed at what For the Gworls have done, we’re with you!

How to apply for financial assistance

Applying for financial assistance from For the Gworls is quite simple. Go to the “Applications” tab on FTG’s website and fill it all out. Keep in mind, only Black transgender people can apply. As stated on their website, the organization doesn’t read or respond to any applications not sent through the “Applications” page.

The turnaround for rent or medical fund requests is four months, and for affirmative surgery requests, it’s 12 months.

How to support For the Gworls

If you want to help the cause, you can donate to one of two funds: the Rent and Gender-Affirming Surgery Fund and the Medical Fund. 

Donations to the For the Gworls Rent and Gender-Affirming Surgery Fund, as the name suggests, go toward providing assistance for Black trans people who need help paying rent and for gender-affirming surgeries. The org says this fund can help reduce homelessness rates and health risks in the Black trans community.

Donations to the For the Gworls Medical Fund are specifically set aside to help with funds for traveling to medical facilities in either full payment or co-payment capacity.

If you want, you can also set up a recurring donation.

What’s happening now?

Because of COVID-19, the organization isn’t hosting as many parties as usual, in an attempt to keep everyone safe. It’s recently hosted a few parties, though, including “Welcome to the Bratz House“ on August 21 and celebrated its two-year anniversary on July 4, 2021!

Within that time, the organization has redistributed more than $1.5 million for the Black trans community.

You can follow For the Gworls on social media for updates, and you can still donate and apply for help, even while parties are on hold. You’ll see posts on social media when funds are open for applications — and you have to answer quickly because applications only open for 24 hours.

Within just two years, For the Gworls has made a tremendous impact for the Black trans community. The future looks just as bright for the collective and we’re honored to help.

Delilah Gray is a freelance writer and business owner based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She’s been featured in Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, Insider and POPSUGAR, to name a few.

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Daylight Hosts Queer Markets to Raise Money for LGBTQ+ Organizations

If there’s one thing the LGBTQ community knows how to do, it’s celebrate in style. This past summer, Daylight hosted not one, but two queer-focused events designed to celebrate and give back to our community while providing a safe space for our LGBTQ friends and customers to cut loose and have a fabulous time.

The Daylight Queer Market took place in New York City on June 26, and in Oakland, California, on July 11. While each event was unique, both offered the perfect opportunity for the queer community to get together to enjoy live music and support local queer vendors for a good cause.

Daylight Queer Market in NYC

Our first Queer Market in New York was held on Saturday, June 26 at Dollar Bill BK, and hosted by drag queen Nicky Ottav. The event featured an afternoon market and live music in the evening from Emi Grate, i’m baby, Fabiana Gomez, Beaujangles and JAX. 

The event was free to attendees, but we welcomed donations to benefit  local grassroots organizations supporting the LGBTQ community. We partnered with Marqueta to donate a cool $2,500 to The Next Generation Project, an organization dedicated to providing resources to Black and Brown trans folks.

Daylight is excited to support such a worthy cause, because it puts money directly into the hands of BIPOC LGBTQ folks to help them succeed. Some of their initiatives include:

  • TNG Relief Fund: TNG takes requests from BIPOC trans and non-binary folks for financial aid, no strings attached.
  • Scholarships: TNG awarded $500 scholarships in fall 2020 to three trans and non-binary students to help them reach their educational goals.
  • Microgrants: TNG gave away 10 grants of $1,000 each to BIPOC trans artists and activists in summer 2021.

Vendors at the market offered a wide variety of wares for queer folks and allies, including fetish clothing, upcycled sunglasses, live embroidery, gender-fluid clothing, jewelry and skincare.

Vendors at the market included Grisel Lopez, Alexandra Owensby, Sara Rutherford, J. Morrison, Carmen Eliana Hamer, Girl Strike, Nina + David, Aasia Tayor-Patterson, Lou Nouranjo, Jade Chalchiquetzalli, Geraldine Polanco, and Gnarly Casual. 

Daylight Queer Market in Oakland, California

The Daylight x Disco Bottoms Up Brunch and Queer Market took place at 7th West in Oakland, California, on Sunday, July 11. 

Entry was free, and there was a suggested donation of $10 per guest to benefit The Transgender District and its new Entrepreneurship Accelerator program

This program is designed to help queer and transgender people of color start a business project in 2021. Participants in the program gain access to information sessions, webinars and mentorship. The program also offers free business tax filings, website creation, coaching sessions and a $3,000 seed grant for each participant at the end of the program. 

The program’s tools are designed to set BIPOC transgender and queer folks up for success in their business endeavors.

We partnered with Marqeta again on this one to match donations up to $5,000. 

Brunch was served to our first 100 guests, but all attendees had access to food and drinks through a touchless ordering menu. We kept it COVID-safe with masks as long as we weren’t eating or dancing, per 7th West’s house rules.

There was also music during the House Beats 2 Move Your Feets section. Performers included Chantski!, Corrine, Jays One, Major Trouble and Nova.

The Daylight Queer Market is one of our favorite examples of how we at Daylight support our fantastic community, and the two events held this summer were just a few of many successful events in 2021 — and these are just the beginning!

Catherine Hiles (she/her) is a writer, editor, mother, friend, and ally. She lives in Ohio with her husband, two kids, and sweet but wild pit bull mix.

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