Today, PFund Foundation uplifts our transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary community members. As the grassroots community foundation serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, Two-Spirit and allied community in the upper Midwest, we join the community in our resolve that Transgender People Won’t Be Erased.
Yesterday, The New York Times reported that the Department of Health and Human Services would restrict and regulate the definition of gender under Title IX to exclude transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary students from good and established policy.
Let us be clear: this move is an unprovoked and unwarranted attack on the safety and prosperity of our most vulnerable family, friends and neighbors.
In a 2014 survey, 41 percent of transgender adults reported at least one suicide attempt in their lives, 10 times the national average of 4.6 percent for cisgender people; in the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey, transgender Minnesota students reported less likely to feel safe in school, experience bullying on a weekly basis and 55 percent have reported a suicide attempt. In 2018, 22 transgender people have been murdered in the United States, each with a name, a family, friends and a community that is dedicated to not let their deaths be in vain.
As we join our community in uplifting our transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary friends, family and neighbors, PFund Foundation remains dedicated to advocating for funding for LGBTQ-focused and led organizations, leaders and initiatives. We recognize that effective strategies to respond to blatant transphobia, misogyny and xenophobia are often under-funded and under-represented in philanthropic giving.
According to the Funders for LGBTQ Issues 2016 Tracking Report, the Midwest experienced a six percent decrease in funding for LGBTQ-focused and led efforts and as a region, is well below the national average of one-quarter of one percent for LGBTQ funding. We can do better and we must do better.
We continue our work to support our transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary community members today. We see you, we hear you, we love you and we support you.