We are pleased to announce the Mazzoni’s Sisterly L.O.V.E. program has been awarded $6,000 from the Bread & Roses Community Fund’s Future Fund. The award was part of Bread & Roses’ Spring 2017 Giving Project, which distributed a total of $266,000 in grants to local movements and groups “fighting for real change.”
Developed for transgender women by transgender women, Sisterly L.O.V.E. seeks to provide its members with leadership development and skill-building training, with the goal of increasing the capacity of trans women in Philadelphia to organize around issues affecting their community, including violence, access to health care, HIV education, and local, state, and federal policy.
The funding from Bread & Roses will allow Sisterly L.O.V.E.’s Community Advisory Board and members to develop a new and diverse series of workshops that focus on the resilience of trans communities and continue to support future leaders of the trans movement. Among the key issues identified by program members are economic opportunity and personal safety--especially in light of the sharp increase in violence against trans women.
Sisterly L.O.V.E. members are in the early planning stages of developing an Employment Workshop series consisting of three consecutive trainings designed to prepare interested trans women for the various stages of finding, obtaining, and sustaining a job; as well as providing skill building around salary negotiation, and education about discrimination and employment rights. Also in the works is a Job Fair luncheon with various organizations and non-profits committed to supporting trans women and promoting greater economic equity within their community.
Representatives from Sisterly L.O.V.E. will join fellow grantees at Bread & Roses Fund’s official “On the Rise for Real Change” celebration on Wednesday, June 28.