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The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) has awarded ParivarBayArea two grants totaling $225,000 for programs aimed at strengthening intersectional unity and emerging leadership for local transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folx. These grants are the first to be awarded to an organization both led by and centering trans folx from the Global South API diaspora.

The first grant, Trans & Gender Non-Binary API Leadership Development, will fund a 10 week Transgender Emerging Leaders Program, for transgender, non-binary, and intersex leaders interested in careers in advocacy, civic engagement, or government. After completing the program, participants will receive help finding jobs with local nonprofit organizations and government agencies. 

Parivar Bay Area president Anjali Rimi with San Francisco Mayor London Breed. (Image courtesy of Anjali Rimi).

The second grant, Support Trans & GNB Immigrant & Refugee Global South API Diaspora, will support case management for trans folx who experience hardships due to poverty, violence, discrimination, and uncertain immigration status. The grant will also cover trans-centered events such as bi-weekly peer support groups, artist showcases, and in-person social gatherings. 

“Our mission is to build a community of light, love, and acceptance,” said ParivarBayArea Vice President Lana Patel. “By partnering with us on these groundbreaking programs, the City of San Francisco has demonstrated it not only shares our mission, but is willing to make a serious investment in our community.”

About ParivarBayArea

ParivarBayArea is an organization for Transgender economic justice, social inclusion, health care and Queer Trans Immigration equity.  Led by South Asian Transgender Leaders, ParivarBayArea has been committed to Global Disaster Relief, Advocacy through Arts and Community Building since 2018.  Learn more about Parivar here.