Our Elevated Priorities
PFund Foundation is committed to investing across LGBTQ communities, recognizing that our communities are not homogenous but intersectional, and recognizing that the LGBTQ movement as a whole is under resourced. Firsthand accounts gathered through our upper Midwest field scan, QReach, combined with national data illustrates the unique and varying needs, barriers, and biases that impact LGBTQ people’s abilities to live full, healthy and thriving lives. Stark disparities within the LGBTQ community reaffirm that there are communities within our communities with the least access to resources and support networks.
PFund Foundation is making an intentional decision to focus on the following LGBTQ communities: indigenous, black, people of color, undocumented, first generation immigrants and New Americans; trans* communities; and LGBTQ North Dakotans and South Dakotans.
PFund Foundation’s elevated priorities are aligned with our grantmaking criteria and vision, “where gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation.”
LGBTQ Indigenous, Black, and People of Color; Undocumented, First Generation, Immigrants, and New Americans
Anti-LGBTQ discrimination coupled with institutionalized racism has resulted in LGBTQ indigenous, black, people of color, undocumented, first generation immigrants, and new Americans experiencing oppression, systemic barriers and some of the highest disparities within and beyond the LGBTQ community. Disproportionate negative health outcomes include higher HIV infection rates, limited basic health care, poor education, increased profiling and criminalization.
Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Communities
Out of the 27 reported murders of transgender women in 2016, 21 were transgender women of color. Violence, discrimination, suicide, and stigma in transgender communities remain at alarming rates. Research and studies show that transgender and gender non-conforming communities are four times more likely to live in extreme poverty – with household incomes of less than $10,000 per year. More than one in four transgender adults have lost at least one job due to anti-trans bias, and 90% of transgender adults report experiencing workplace discrimination
LGBTQ North Dakotans and South Dakotans
North Dakota and South Dakota have extremely discriminatory policies towards LGBTQ people and communities. Legislation does not provide protections against discrimination in employment, housing, healthcare, and adoption based on gender identity or sexual orientation. In a hostile political environment, volunteer-led organizations are working hard to stop anti-LGBTQ attacks.