Every month, Queers for a Cause chooses an LGBTQ+ or BLM organization to which we donate 50% of our donations. To honor and support Black trans liberation and safety, QC chose the Black Trans Travel Fund (BTTF) for our Cause of the Month for March.
The Black Trans Travel Fund was founded on June 28th, 2019 in New York City as a grassroots, Black Trans led group which provides financial, material, and transportation resources to Black Trans women. The goal of BTTF is to create accessible, safe travel options for Black Trans women as a “direct response to the relentless and unacceptable transphobic violence Black transgender women across the country have been continuously experiencing.” They help to prevent harassment through ways of travel by offering Black trans women safe travel related resources, like car pick-up services, "so they can have access to their self-determined safest transportation options." They also foster community by motivating allies to also work towards achieving Black trans liberation.
BTTF works to provide essential resources to Black transgender women in order to help foster safety and support. 2020 was the most fatal year for Black trans people, with at least 44 transgender or gender nonconforming people murdered in the U.S. Additionally, since 2015, 80% of all transgender homicides were Black women, and less than half of those assaults resulted in arrest. BTTF is an essential organization providing safe and accessible means of travel and has already helped hundreds travel safely.
Since its inception in June 2019, BTTF has expanded to New Jersey and has successfully been able to raise above $50,000 to offer Black trans women opportunities for safe transportation. Additionally, BTTF works towards supporting other Black trans-led organizations and has been able to redistribute more than $100,000 to Black trans women in need of their resources.
BTTF was founded by Devin Michael Lowe, a Black, queer, transgender man who took the initiative to crowdfund for Black transgender women to receive paid car ride services in order to help prevent them from public transportation and avoid possible harassment and/or violence. As of July 2020, BTTF has been able to fund up to 150 Black trans women every month, with half of them receiving funding every two weeks.
If you’re a Black trans woman in New York or New Jersey, check out their Apply for Funding page to apply online.
Check out our Organizations Supported blog page to learn about organizations that we've sponsored in the past!