Grants Awarded

2018-2019 Grantees

2018-2019 Grant Candidates

For the 2018-2019 grant cycle, the Effing Foundation has awarded grants to twelve new projects and two previously funded projects:

New Grantees

  • Birds, Bees...Porn?! written by Jess Melendez (San Francisco, CA) and illustrated by Jeremy Alva (Portland, OR) -- a book for teens and their parents to understand media literacy and porn literacy, covering topics such as consent, communication, safer sex, body image, anatomy, ethical porn, and the differences between sex trafficking and sex work.
  • The Black Trans Prayer Book, co-edited by J Mase III (Seattle, WA) and Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi (Washington, DC) -- The #BlackTransPrayerBook is an interfaith, multi-dimensional, artistic and theological work that collects the stories, poems, prayers, meditations, and incantations of Black TGNC contributors. We as Black Trans people, who experience high rates of sexual violence, who engage in sex work at higher rates than the cis population, are looking to have a theology that incorporates the fullness of who we are. As beings deserving of care, we wish to claim a radical theology which is honest about our sexual practices.
  • Disability and Sexuality Access Network by Cassandra "Caz" Perry (Silver Spring, MD) and Amber (St. Petersburg, FL) -- DASANetwork is building a diverse community of people from numerous fields and media who are passionate about agitating, advocating, and educating about disability, sex, and sexuality.
  • Dive Deeper with Goddess Cecilia (Jamaica Plain, MA) -- a video series exploring sex, sexuality, and surviving while swimming between multiple worlds.
  • Erotic Art Games, co-edited by Sharang Biswas and Lucian Kahn (NYC) -- an anthology of sex-themed roleplaying and performance-based games, featuring work by RPG designers, LARP writers, and artists.
  • HonestlyNae (Aurora, CO) -- HonestlyNae is your personal sexuality educator here to provide normalization, explanation, and melanated representation.
  • Native Youth Sexual Health Network (US and Canada) -- NYSHN is a grassroots, Indigenous-led community organization to support the sexual health of Indigenous people, including Two Spirit and LGBTQIA individuals.
  • Perverts of Color Zine edited by Jaki Griot (California) -- a bi-monthly publication dedicated to kinky people of color celebrating the diversity of perversity!
  • So, You Need To Talk To Your Doctor About Sex by Kirsten Schultz of Chronic Sex (Madison, WI) -- To help patients receive the best care, especially when it comes to sexual and genital health, we need to create tools to improve how we all talk about sex in the exam room.
  • Supporting the Financially Disenfranchised in a Culture of Consent by Julian Addams Wolf (Albuquerque, NM) -- creating conversations, brochures, workshops and art that share the stories of the financially disenfranchised people in our kink and ethical non monogamy communities to help eliminate shame and stigma while giving the financially disenfranchised additional platforms within our community.
  • Trauma Queen by Jimanekia Eborn (Los Angeles, CA) -- a podcast mini-series focused on normalizing the conversation around sexual assault. Providing a free resource, each episode will highlight active and productive steps forward for survivors and allies. Answering the ultimate question: How can we collectively continue to heal?
  • Yoseñio V. Lewis (San Francisco, CA) -- Yoseñio V. Lewis is a Latino of African Descent female to male transsexual who has been a social justice activist since he was 13 years old. A health educator, speaker, writer, performer, trainer, facilitator, out poly and kinky person and a spiritual hugger, Yoseñio is a Board Member of TASHRA—The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance.

Previously Supported Grantees

  • The Adipositivity Project by Substantia Jones (NYC) -- nude portrait series of fat models (including queer/trans models and models of color); empowering fat people as unapologetically sexual beings through artistic photography.
  • PolyDallas Millennium Symposium (Dallas, TX) -- PolyDallas Millennium is a sex-positive sexual health symposium that is a platform for marginalized and oppressed groups. We provide education on ethical non-monogamous relationships in an oppressive and stigmatizing society. Educators, activists, and community leaders that are representative of the attendees engage the audience in shared language and experiences. PolyDallas Millennium is a symposium that has space and joy for all communities and all ways of being.

Pilot Grants (2017-2018)

In the spring of 2018, the following projects were each awarded a $5,000 pilot grant:

  • The Adipositivity Project by Substantia Jones (NYC) -- nude portrait series of fat models (including queer/trans models and models of color); empowering fat people as unapologetically sexual beings through artistic photography.
  • Afrosexology by Dalychia & Rafaella (St. Louis, MO) -- education, exploration, and reclaiming of Black sexuality through a new video series featuring Black people of varying genders and sexual orientations discussing their sexualities.
  • eros&persephone (NSFW) by Lola Rose Eros (LA) -- an exploration of the human psyche through the lens of sexuality as a series of short videos by a Black transmasculinefemme self-taught artist; the stories include concepts such as safer sex practices, enthusiastic consent, scene negotiation, queer identities, gender expression, relationship dynamics, kink, and fetish.
  • More Than No (LA) -- outreach group that offers educational workshops and peer support groups for survivors and allies.
    More Than No also produces "Cabaret Con-Sensual" which provides survivors and allies a space to express themselves through the performing arts.

  • PolyDallas Millennium Symposium -- PolyDallas Millennium is a sex-positive sexual health symposium that is a platform for marginalized and oppressed groups. We provide education on ethical non-monogamous relationships in an oppressive and stigmatizing society. Educators, activists, and community leaders that are representative of the attendees engage the audience in shared language and experiences. PolyDallas Millennium is a symposium that has space and joy for all communities and all ways of being.
  • Sex Ed A Go Go by Dirty Lola (NYC) -- informative & entertaining variety show featuring sex educator Lola and a wide range of guests.
  •  Survivor Theatre Project (Boston, MA) --  theater workshops & performances that empower survivors of sexual violence, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
  • (W/HOLE) (NYC) -- collaboration between performance company the A.O. Movement Collective & queer/feminist collective AORTA films; body-positive, queer erotic art film including performers who are queer/trans people of color.

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