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Tune in to episode 15 of the Disability Inclusion: Required podcast.

Uplifting the LGBTQIA+ Disabled Experience: A Conversation with Gabriel Foster

In this episode of Disability Inclusion: Required, host Emily Ladau welcomes Gabriel Foster, Co-founder & Executive Director of the Trans Justice Funding Project. Foster shines a spotlight on the importance of centering the leadership of trans people in funding decisions, particularly in relation to intersecting oppressions such as ableism. Foster emphasizes the need for funders to move beyond symbolic gestures and provide meaningful support to LGBTQIA+ communities year-round. He specifically amplifies many of the current challenges faced by the trans community, and calls on philanthropy to prioritize inclusion and collaboration across marginalized communities. Foster urges listeners to consider the risks of inaction and to actively work towards disability inclusion.

Our podcast theme music is by Andre Louis and Precious Perez. Thank you to Recording Artists And Music Professionals With Disabilities (RAMPD) for connecting these talented disabled musicians with the Disability & Philanthropy Forum.

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Featured Guest

Gabriel Foster, a Black queer trans man in a black hat and a black jacket.

Gabriel Foster

Gabriel Foster is a black, queer, trans, ‘momma’s boy’ who’s returned to his home Seattle, WA, most recently from New York. From age 15 to 26, he went from a program constituent to program staff in the American Friends Service Committee’s GLBTQ Youth Program. Gabriel has worked with the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse, helping to create their youth programming in Seattle; at SPARK Reproductive Justice Now with LGBTQ youth of color and allies in Atlanta, GA; at the Leeway Foundation, supporting women and trans people creating art and social change in Philadelphia, PA; and provided outreach for the Johnathan Lax Fund at the Bread and Roses foundation in Philadelphia. Gabriel is also a former staff member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a retired disco dancer extraordinaire, and lover of memes!