Dear Community,


Every Fall, the season itself reminds us that change is constant and inevitable. On this note, let’s reflect on the fortifying events, workshops, conversations, and long-time community rituals The Audre Lorde Project has held over the past several months. Whether it’s celebrating our 20th Annual Chillin’ & Grillin’ along with BedStuy Pride, serving empowering movement building workshops, guiding folks toward community wellness and healing rituals, organizing the Annual Trans Day of Action, or convening members around immediate issues impacting our communities, The Audre Lorde Project has been showing up!


This season, we have a few new team members to welcome on board, fantastic learning opportunities and gatherings ahead, and as always, we want to honor our dedicated staff, volunteers, and movement ancestors for making the work we do possible. 





Community Freestyle


At our Community Freestyle on June 2nd, the family of Saheed Vassell - a police brutality victim who was murdered by the NYPD in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on April 4, 2018 - came and spoke to everyone about Saheed, community organizing, and needed solidarity. In this picture, are Saheed's mother and father.



Brooklyn Pride


ALP mobilized a contingent for Brooklyn Pride. Folks came out to march with us, take back the streets, and joyfully resist the corporatization and policing of pride while building safety for our people.



Trans Day of Action


On this day, we took to the streets and demanded the right to make decisions about our bodies and expressions, specifically by taking up space where we’re told there is none. Led by TransJustice, community came out to celebrate the ways we resist by mobilizing and honoring the pier as a historic home-space for TGNC communities. ALP's 14th Annual Trans Day of Action 2018 was covered by THEM and Autostraddle, and we thank them for the photos.



BedStuy Pride


This year’s Bed Stuy Pride was a poignant gesture of resilience, drawing a full crowd of members together to eat, dance, heal together, and bask in community, regardless of unpredictable weather conditions. Folks showed up to enjoy awesome DJ’s, Reiki, delicious food, and cool pop-ups. Undeterred by the torrential downpour, ALP’s volunteers and members turned out to turn up, and they did: there was even a cha cha slide in the rain!





Kade Cahe, Member Engagement & Leadership Coordinator


Kade Cahe, pronounced KD K, is a first generation Black Dominican Queer GNC Masculine of Center person from the Bronx. Kade often dreams, schemes, and acts to dismantle anti-blackness, transphobia, ableism, gender-based violence, the prison industrial complex, and capitalism, to start, while creating radical restorative futures within our communities. They organize through the BYP100 New York City chapter as one of the Healing and Safety co-chairs to bring holistic liberation to all black people so that we can all be free.


Kade utilizes their background as critical educator, organizer, and leadership trainer, on Swipe it Forward! actions to help end broken window policing, #SayHerName events, and when integrating wellness into organizing spaces. Before working at ALP, Kade was a Senior Trainer at the Posse Foundation where they recruited students for Posse’s full-tuition scholarship program, led workshops on leadership, identity, power, and support to ensure that students were persisting in their goals.


Kade is excited to work and grow with ALP to further merge their organizing and leadership development within our LGBTSTGNC people of color community.




Maxwell Scales, Director of Development & Grassroots Fundraising


Maxwell Scales serves as the Audre Lorde Project's Director of Development and Grassroots Fundraising, focusing on organizing resources for the movement. Born and raised in the South, Max has been living/learning/working in NYC for over 15 years. He most recently worked at ALP's sibling org, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, as the Director of Development and Finance, managing institutional funding and daily financial operations. Max has a decade of experience as a professional fundraiser, including development work at Lambda Legal, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), focusing on events, planned giving, direct mail, and major gifts. He is a Certified Non-Profit Accounting Professional. Max is into intersectional lenses, wealth redistribution, and spreadsheet shortcuts. Maxwell identifies as black/queer/transmasc and uses he/him/his pronouns.




Rumi Akong, Interim TransJustice Coordinator


Rumi is a Black and mixed race nonbinary andro-queer kid from Queens. They are blessed to spend most of their time lifting up the rich survival autotheory offered in the stories that comrades at the Audre Lorde Project and scholars of color across CUNY institutions exchange in our respective movements. They labor in solidarity with economically disenfranchised, neurotypical, indigenous / diasporic people of color and centers these communities in their studies and vision for the future of liberatory therapeutic practice for chronically traumatized peoples. Among other roles, they have served as a group facilitator, community liaison, and health and wellness educator for LGBTQIA communities since 2013. They relish in arts-driven, earth-honoring collaborative program development and hosting safer, informed and generative spaces for cross-community mobilization.


Rumi earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and English at the University at Buffalo and knows a lot of words, but also believes that when it comes to expressing a robustly complex and nuanced reality, human experience tends to supersedes every single one. Rumi is a self-described ‘one-part shapeless, formless couch potato, two-parts amateur outdoorsman and survivalist, full-on earth advocate’. If Rumi was any more a fantastical creature, they would definitely be a gnome. Rumi answers to they, he and Gnomeo.




Janhavi Pakrashi, Communications Coordinator


Janhavi (aka DJ Tikka Masala) joins the Audre Lorde Project with the intention of bringing 14 years of nightlife promotional strategy, and 7 years of instructional media design with teaching and learning online at the Pratt Institute, in addition to 2 years at Astraea, learning about global and intersectional feminisms.She/they also work at Henrietta Hudson, the oldest lesbian bar in new york city, and one of the last 5 in the country, as a resident DJ and previously social media director.


With an academic background in documentary film, Janhavi’s focus is telling stories using a variety of media, including photography, film, audio, social media, and music. Janhavi’s sensibilities about movement building come from a place of connecting collective historical narratives with the new perspectives required to catalyze growth. They are also on the first ever nightlife advisory board of the mayor’s office, and spend a lot of time thinking about how to make the same spaces where people find their queer identities in community promote self-determination inclusivity.



OutSiderz Series: Trans Justice with Feminist Politics

Thurs. Oct. 25, 6:30-9:00pm
OUTSiderz Series: Transjustice with Feminist Politics is a workshop for and by the LGBTSTGNC POC community to explore how feminism intersects with trans and GNC politics. Participants will analyze internalized oppression and deconstruct power as  affects access to housing, work, and food.
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Interpreting for Social Justice Training
Sat.-Sun. Oct. 27-28, 10am-7pm

ALP’s Annual Interpreter Training is a part of a larger vision of Language Justice in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) Immigrant of Color communities.

Join our vision to make organizing more language accessible!

APPLY BY Sunday, October 14th, 2018

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Trans Day of Remembrance
Join us on Monday, November 19th, at St. Johns Lutheran Church, in the West Village, for our annual Trans Day of Remembrance when we honor our beloved ones who have passed and gather to share thoughts, stories, and care among community, building resilience through sharing memory and honoring our movement together.
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