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For the Gworls: Helping Black Trans People Pay for Rent and Gender-Affirming Surgeries

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For the Gworls is a Black and trans-led collective that fundraises money to help Black transgender people pay for rent, gender-affirming surgeries, co-pays for medication and doctor’s visits, and traveling to medical facilities.

The collective started on July 4, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York, where founder Asanni Armon decided to throw a party to fundraise for their friends who were about to be evicted. Then they brought in Maahd, FTG’s resident DJ, for the creative aspects. Thus, For the Gworls was born.

The collective helps the Black trans community in the coolest, most pleasurable way: by hosting monthly parties. These extravaganzas may be gram-worthy, but they’re also made for a wonderful cause. Every party has the goal of raising money to help Black trans people pay for their rent and gender-affirming surgeries.

A study by the National LGBTQ+ Task Force shows that Black trans people have a 26% unemployment rate, which is much more than literally everyone else. The same study showed that nearly half of Black trans people have been homeless, over five times the rate in the general population. And 34% of Black trans people have a household income of less than $10,000 a year.

Contributions from For the Gworls are much-needed in this community.

For the Gworls is one of several causes Daylight has supported in 2021, in keeping with our mission of financial services by and for LGBTQ+ people. Other causes we’ve supported include the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship, Next Generation Project, and Ali Forney Center, to name a few.

Since their unveiling, For the Gworls has been featured on BBC, VICE, AFROPUNK, Autostraddle, Forbes and PAPER, among others.

In an interview with AFROPUNK, Asanni explained how they got started. “After I announced I would do [these rent parties] every month, my inbox got flooded with so many requests. … If you’re Black and trans, I’m not going to refuse you. I’m just not going to push you away, because that’s what the world does to us. We don’t need anybody else doing that to us, especially not another community member.”

If you’re just as amazed at what For the Gworls have done, we’re with you!

How to apply for financial assistance

Applying for financial assistance from For the Gworls is quite simple. Go to the “Applications” tab on FTG’s website and fill it all out. Keep in mind, only Black transgender people can apply. As stated on their website, the organization doesn’t read or respond to any applications not sent through the “Applications” page.

The turnaround for rent or medical fund requests is four months, and for affirmative surgery requests, it’s 12 months.

How to support For the Gworls

If you want to help the cause, you can donate to one of two funds: the Rent and Gender-Affirming Surgery Fund and the Medical Fund.

Donations to the For the Gworls Rent and Gender-Affirming Surgery Fund, as the name suggests, go toward providing assistance for Black trans people who need help paying rent and for gender-affirming surgeries. The org says this fund can help reduce homelessness rates and health risks in the Black trans community.

Donations to the For the Gworls Medical Fund are specifically set aside to help with funds for traveling to medical facilities in either full payment or co-payment capacity.

If you want, you can also set up a recurring donation.

What’s happening now?

Because of COVID-19, the organization isn’t hosting as many parties as usual, in an attempt to keep everyone safe. It’s recently hosted a few parties, though, including “Welcome to the Bratz House“ on August 21 and celebrated its two-year anniversary on July 4, 2021!

Within that time, the organization has redistributed more than $1.5 million for the Black trans community.

You can follow For the Gworls on social media for updates, and you can still donate and apply for help, even while parties are on hold. You’ll see posts on social media when funds are open for applications — and you have to answer quickly because applications only open for 24 hours.

Within just two years, For the Gworls has made a tremendous impact for the Black trans community. The future looks just as bright for the collective and we’re honored to help.

Delilah Gray is a freelance writer and business owner based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She’s been featured in Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, Insider and POPSUGAR, to name a few.