Miss Major's Monthly Giving Circle
Miss Major has given her life to supporting countless people and movements, and now it's our turn to support her. A circle of people are joining together to make sure this cherished trans leader has the medical care, housing, and food she needs on her journey through her elder years. Will you help show Miss Major some Major Love?
Miss Major has fought tirelessly for justice and freedom from the Stonewall Riots in 1969 to her role as Executive Director of the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) in San Francisco since 2006. As a black, formerly incarcerated transgender leader, mother, and grandmother, Major has paved the way for us to be who and where we are today. This Major Love Monthly Giving Circle was initiated two years ago due to the difficulties of aging, rising medical costs, and budget cuts in 2012/3 to TGIJP that left Miss Major without an income. The giving circle had a powerful revival about a year ago, when Miss Major's apartment caught fire and almost all of her personal belongings were severely damaged. Thankfully, she and her pooch Moose were unharmed.
Through all of this, Miss Major continued to steer TGI Justice Project's work, hold the broader extended TGIJP family together with love and strength, and make the magic that is Miss Major's method to life!
In August 2015, Miss Major and TGIJP announced her retirement as Executive Director and the herstoric passing of the torch to Janetta Johnson, long time Program Director and incoming ED of TGIJP. Due to the context of world, retirement is a precarious option for anyone, especially our beloved trans justice leader. Please help us grow the circle that is showing up to ensure Miss Major has what she needs on her journey through her elder years. Will you help show Miss Major some Major Love?
We are inviting you to join this circle of monthly donors to collectively contribute $2,965 monthly to cover Miss Major's basic monthly expenses, including: rent ($1,050), utilities ($329), transportation ($834), health care premiums ($182), in home support ($120), food ($250), among others. This circle will not only send a clear message of support to Major but also be an example of intergenerationally caring for our elders during what can be their most challenging years.
You can give at whatever monthly level is meaningful for you:
Pussycat - $10 or less/month
Diva-ette - $25/month
Princess Diva - $50/month
Shining Star - $100/month
Major-ette - $150/month
Please make your pledge TODAY!
IMPORTANT: Be sure to specify "MONTHLY DONATION"!
If you have any questions about how the Major Love giving circle or if you are in the Bay Area and would like to find out more ways to support Miss Major, contact majorlovetime (at) gmail.com.
Thank you for taking this opportunity to honor Miss Major and all the ways she has supported our communities for decades. Please help us to spread the word by reposting and forwarding this campaign!
Morgan Bassichis, Caitlin Breedlove, StormMiguel Florez, Reina Gossett, Paulina Hernandez, Vanessa Huang, Malachi Larrabee-Garza, Alex Lee, Dori Midnight, Annalise Ophelian, Nat Smith, Dean Spade, Danni West, Beck Witt, Luke Woodward
Miss Major & Angela Y. Davis, 4/21/13 (photo by Cecilia Chung)
For almost a decade, our Executive Director Miss Major Griffin-Gracy has been a powerful force of love and leadership within the TGI Justice Project family and international liberation movements. Her tireless work fighting for TGI people in prisons, jails, and detention centers has changed the national discussion around mass incarceration and our communities. Miss Major has positively impacted the lives of countless people.
At 73 years of age, following a lifetime of struggle and dedication to this work, Miss Major has decided to retire her position as Executive Director at TGI Justice. We're excited to announce that TGIJP Program Director Janetta Johnson, Miss Major's daughter and protégé, will be leading TGI Justice in the next chapter of our critical work.
We like to share these words from Miss Major:
“I want to thank you all for working with me and being part of the transitions and changes we’ve gone through at TGIJP over the years. And I want to assure you that while I’m stepping down as Executive Director, my mouth is not stepping down and I will continue to bitch and let people know what my community is going through. It's difficult living in our truth, but what better way to survive? It's important that we survive; we've got to come out on top. Please continue to support and back up Janetta for taking on the responsibility of taking TGIJP into the next phase. Wish her well and help her prosper. Be safe and stay strong."
We hope you will celebrate Miss Major's incredible legacy and retirement by joining in the circle of people who ensure she has the access and resources she needs on her journey through her elder years.
Thank you to the folks who have been giving over the last two years! Thank you and welcome to the new members of the giving circle and the one time donors as well. Thank you for supporting her as much as she has supported us all!
Unfortunately, this past week Miss Major's apartment caught fire and almost all of her personal belongings were severely damaged. Thankfully, she and her pooch Moose were unharmed. She is currently looking for a new place to live, and once she is able to re-establish permanent housing, she's going to need support to refurnish her home in addition to simply covering her monthly bills, health costs, etc.
Please help by inviting your friends and networks to join this circle, increasing your monthly donation, or making an additional one-time donation. Because we take care of our own.
Email majorlovetime (at) gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for continuing to support Major through her elder years!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Many people intended on making monthly pledges but forgot to select the "MONTHLY DONATION" option. To correct your pledge, you can do one of two things:
1. Make a new donation in December and be sure to select "MONTHLY DONATION" next to the amount.
2. Contact GoFundMe ( http://www.gofundme.com/mvc.php?route=index/contact) and ask for a refund, and then make a new donation and be sure to select "MONTHLY DONATION" next to the amount.
Let us know if you have any questions--please help us reach our goal by inviting your friends to join this circle and spreading the word! We can do this!
With gratitude and xoxo,
Major Love Team
p.s. In a few sentences, we'd love to hear why you have pledged to support Major--email us at majorloveteam (at) gmail.com.
Hello folks. My wife and I bought a camp trailer a year or so ago. We didn't know who she was at the time, but we bought it from Miss Major! Now we're ready to sell it. (We never wound up fixing it up, and it's only been used as a playhouse by our kids.) Our plan is to sell it and donate all the proceeds back to Miss Major. We're making a Facebook page about it now, and we'll let you know when it's done, OK? Jason Pontius (and Kate Schatz)