IMAGE CREDIT – @mikaelaloach -www.instagram.com/mikaelaloach/
( I value the consistency and voice you provide, thank you for inspiring me with this statment, its resonated true since I saw it) anway….
TO BE UPDATED UNTILL FINISHED… ( All resorces are saved on a hard back up so orgs cant dispute reserchable facts.
Id like to start off by saying, my intentions do not aim to diminish work been done by individuals, I would like people to be diligent and stop glorifying individuals, your alliship and support shouldn’t have to be proved by supporting orgs that are insincere, please be aware this is draft 1, I will find articulation in time but I’m an individual, I do not have a team behind me, I don’t have access to HR. –
What I wrote – STORY INSTAGRAM
SLIDE 1 –
FYI… Seems like the funding that came from BLM UK went to AZ Magazine and a few others so they could seem to be LGBTQ inclusive and they just decided to keep lining the pockets of the same few people, giving them the platform because they stay on the surface.
Im convinced people like this are paying for support.
Nice to see the representation but @queeraxtivist did I not already raise the issue….
Personally I and others know your up to some questionable shit.
Let them people with common sense and due diligence decided.
But please, consider seeking liberation for more than just yourselves.
Why are all of these funds never accessible?
Free therapy transpired for a select few.
Same with the creative fund.
Same with the decolonise Leeds uni fund.
Y’all got duped, nothings any better for the people on the front-line and these people know it.
But when you want to avoid accountability, move to London.
SLIDE 2 –
£80,000 Raised… Promotes without diligence RE: @BLACKLGBTFUND
SLIDE 3 –
Right that’s my thoughts, just observe, see how things are handled…
Remember, that says it all it needs to.
They’re only for us for the advancement of themselves.
SLIDE 4 –
[Contains story of screen shot showing that orgs turn off comments to use silence as a tactic or they over saturate with bots and get the workers to comment to take the focus off the truth}
When you speak the truth, comments been disabled is the first way these people like to act, next comes a statement with no validity.
Let the actions speak, @AZMAGUK stop suppressing the truth and listen to those in the trans community.
Is this something that you should do when someone makes you aware of an issue?
Asking for public opinion, Would @UKBLACKPRIDE do this? no.
SLIDE 5 –
Broken record… I feel that.
Quotes @ihartericka – www.instagram.com/p/CPqatIEjNPA/
[I feel like a broken record saying this, but far too often I see folks giving to non profits without doing their due diligence. Investigating what the board/Executive Director/upper management look like is also NECESSARY!
Folks ask me what LGBTQ non profits I trust and don’t trust, so here’s a few I do NOT trust based on personal experience but also just research/Black queer and trans folks experience working/receiving services from these institutions:
Ali Forney Center
ACLU(not a LGBTQ non profit but does a lot of campaigning for LGBTQ issues and brings in a TON of $$$ in the process.)
Do your own research, but actually listen to what you find! I’ve seen people *shrug* after researching and give to these places anyway! NUUUUUU!
GIVE TO INDIVIDUALS or trusted well researched non profits.
1. Marsha P Johnson Institute – @mpjinstitute
2. For the Gworls – @forthegworls
3. Black trans femmes in the arts – @btfacollective
4. House of Tulip – @houseoftulipno
5. Survived and Punished (not specifically queer and trans org but does a lot of direct work support incarcerated Black trans folks) – Follow their Twitter
6. Sisters PGH – @sisterspgh412
7. Brave space alliance – @bravespacealliance
***Feel free to add more LGBTQIA+ non profits you trust and don’t trust in the comments OR If you are a Black queer or trans person, add your PayPal/Venmo/cash app info!***]
SLIDE 6 –
Inbox message response from @QUEERAXTIVIST (founder of black trans foundation, that originally focusesd on Leeds but after issues of safeguarding were raised the individual left the city) ( also employee of stonewall)
Message I received read
I do not appreciate you tagging me in your stories and this amounts to harassment. I’m not sure what your concerns are but instead of trying to address them over a conversation you have resorted to harassing me on social media which is childish and unproductive.
Your claim that only a ‘select few’ have accessed therapy holds no weight. I do not owe you an explanation but will offer you one as you are causing damage on baseless accusations. We have put 28 Black trans people through 4 months of therapy and continue to support them. Our application form in January was full in 16 minutes despite having 30 spaces available. That is how DIRE the need for therapy is in our community and we are a small team of 3 who are working tirelessly to address this. This has ultimately turned into a full time job and myself and the team have sacrificed a lot to ensure the future of this service.
You have NO idea how much work, energy, time and emotional labour it takes to build a therapy service from scratch in the middle of a pandemic with no previous experience or support. You have absolutely NO right to say that we are ‘duping’ people and it is so disrespectful for you to make these false claims publicly. It disregards the work that we have done and continue to do to turn this short-term response into a long-term sustainable organisation.
I have noticed a pattern and it seems to be that you are always the person who has a problem with someone else. Your method for addressing these problems is dramatic, unhelpful and ultimately does not actually improve the situation. I honestly don’t think we can reach a solution as you have created a problem out of nothing. I am open to hearing your response because I’m still very confused on what the issue is]
My response –
[If you want to talk we can but I am aware that this situation is been managed by people with teams and knowledge on how to control a narrative, I am just speaking the truth no? Is it harassment or are you in the wrong position when it comes to trying to be a lead advocate that still has work to do]
SLIDE 7 –
(Contains video from @UKGAP convo with @RJCHASE and @QUEERAXTIVIST)
Caption reads –
This is a select few benefiting.
Keep in mind GAP is a business that operates in the coparate world and still exploits others.
What does the trans advocate say “ Its not just trans issues, LGBT issues as a whole” – erasure
Contains text reading – [I have noticed a pattern and it seems to be that you are always the person who has a problem with someone else. Your method for addressing these problems is dramatic, unhelpful and ultimately does not actually improve the situation. I honestly don’t think we can reach a solution as you have created a problem out of nothing. I am open to hearing your response because I’m still very confused on what the issue is]
RESPONSE – I have a problem with those doing damage, those who commit safeguarding misconduct.
I don’t need presentation on my side because I have the truth.
SLDE 9 –
BLACK TRANS FOUNDATION
GO FUNDED £12,919
PAYPAL POOLED £17,000
Is 28 people feeling better for 6 months sound like money well spent?
No events for anything meaningful? ( These points I will elaborate on in due time…. I don’t want to do the work for these dangerous individuals. So that will come when they can use it to create a policy.
Links to resources and mentioned articles and topics…. Please be diligent and don’t think your alliship has to be affirmed through systemic support, do the right thing day to day… start there.
AZ MAG – https://www.instagram.com/azmaguk/
[LINKS TO ACTIVE FUNDS] – https://uk.gofundme.com/f/support-black-lgbtq-creatives ( Over £25,000 raised, For who?) Kei Bennett is organising this fundraiser.
www.instagram.com/p/CQGS16Uhwjm/ ( Suggestion check the engagement, you will see its just employees and those linked to the money trail that I will link also…. AZ mag received : (£7,500) – an arts and culture initiative for LGBTQ+ people of colour – taken from https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/black-lives-matter-uk-funding-revealed_uk_602ba983c5b6741597e48b2f
BLACK TRANS FOUNDATION – https://instagram.com/blacktransfoundation?utm_medium=copy_link [LINKS TO ACTIVE FUNDS]
https:/www.paypal.com/pools/c/8uw5ahz5pS?fbclid=IwAR0qPqNMWkCBMpZRMfoTsTN3fgASpLSjdk16uf5-Q77_RoanemT9nE_lVl0 – https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-trans-foundation-therapy-fund ( so as you see near £30,000 raised, for 28 individuals, although I suspect the construction of these “non profits” were established to seek funding for institutions on behalf of black trans people, despite lacking the collective goal) Black Trans Foundation is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Axelle Nasah.
BLACK LGBT FUND – https://www.instagram.com/blacklgbtfund/
[LINKS TO ACTIVE FUNDS] – https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-lgbtqia-therapy-fund?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet ( OVER £80,000 raised for a THERAPY FUND) Rose Frimpong is organizing this fundraiser.
TRANS ACTUAL – https://www.instagram.com/transactualuk/ – Founded By https://www.instagram.com/rjchace/ [LINKS TO ACTIVE FUNDS] – https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-lgbtqia-therapy-fund?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet
( DIRECTLY DIVERTED TO DIRECT PAYMENT TO AVOID TRANSPARANCEY… on basic investigation I found that, they are not registered, contacted for transparency, awaiting response)
DEFUND TO DECOLONISE LEEDS UNI ( ORIGINAL NAME**, REBRANDED TO THE FREE BLACK UNI) – https://instagram.com/defundtodecoloniseleedsuni?utm_medium=copy_link – FOUNDED BY Melz Owusu [LINKS TO ACTIVE FUNDS] https://uk.gofundme.com/f/the-free-black-university (RAISED OVER £146,957)
So that’s what I have for y’all for now but its a long I know, I conclude, the total raised on behalf of the LGBT community to be in excess of £274,000… yet who is better off.
BLM STATMENT ON FUNDING
The beneficiaries of a first-wave of grants are:
- Abahlali baseMjondolo (£14,650) – a Black South African shack dwellers’ movement campaigning against evictions and for public housing
- All Black Lives (£5,000) – a Black activist group that helped coordinate last summer’s protests
- Acts of Love International (£5,000) – an African-Caribbean community centre offering support and activities for Black and migrant communities
- African Rainbow Family (£10,500) – a charity supporting LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers
- AZ Mag (£7,500) – an arts and culture initiative for LGBTQ+ people of colour
- B’Me Cancer Communities (£15,000) – a charity that protects the health of BME and low income communities
- Justice for Black Lives (£3,200) – a Black activist group that helped coordinate last summer’s protests
- Independent Workers of Great Britain (£15,000) – the UK’s leading trade union for precarious workers
- Northern Police Monitoring Project (£11,000) – a grassroots group working to build community resistance against police violence, harassment and racism
- Sistah Space (£10,000) – a community-based non-profit that supports Black women and girls who have survived domestic abuse – a community-based non-profit that supports Black women and girls who have survived domestic abuse
- Sindicato de Manteros de Madrid (Street Vendors Union) (£7,500) – a Spanish labour union for precarious street vendors, who are primarily from Black and migrant communities
- A Tribe Named Athari (£5,000) – a Pan-Afrikan, anti-colonial, youth-led organisation, centred around transformative justice and community healing
- United Voices of the World (£15,000) – A grassroots trade union for low paid, migrant and precarious workers
- United Family and Friends Campaign (£45,000) – a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody, which supports others affected by state violence
I thought it would only be appropriate to share some orgs that can be looked into as viable alternatives, so i will link these below.
UK // UK BLACK PRIDE –
Donate – https://www.ukblackpride.org.uk/donate/
UK // RAINBOW NIOR MCR – https://www.instagram.com/rainbownoirmcr/
Donate – https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/rainbownoirmcr
UK // LION – https://www.instagram.com/landinournames/
Donate – https://landinournames.community/support-our-work
UK // NON BINARY LEEDS – https://www.instagram.com/nonbinaryleeds/
Donate – https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/nblpaypal
UK // POC A DOT LDN – https://www.instagram.com/poc_a_dot_ldn/
Donate – https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/pocadot
UK // MOONLIGHT EXPERINCES – https://www.instagram.com/moonlight_experiences/
Donate – https://www.gofundme.com/f/fund-an-inclusive-LGBTQ-organisation?memberId=7915732&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer
UK // BLENDED + https://www.instagram.com/blendedplus/
Donate – https://www.blended-plus.com/ (EXACT LINK TO COME)
UK // HOUSE OF RAINBOW – https://www.instagram.com/houseofrainbow_/
Donate – https://www.houseofrainbow.org/donate
UK // LERNESTCIC – https://www.instagram.com/learnestcic/
Donate – https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/learnestcic