Funding from the John Steven Kellett Foundation will improve our online presence, help us further fulfill our mission, and get us closer to a world where LGBTQ persons are accepted, loved, and nurtured by their families in a safe and supportive home.

Bering Memorial
Funding will support Open Gate’s work with GLBTQ+ young adults experiencing unstable housing of whatever kind by providing a safe and welcoming respite from the streets that is free from violence of words, deeds, and judgment.

Dalton DeHart Photographic Foundation
The Dalton DeHart Photographic Foundation was created to provide a lasting photographic history of the Houston area LGBTQ community. Funds will support cataloguing 750,000 images and digitizing over 330,000 photos currently on negatives from the late 1980s to 2004 when Dalton DeHart transitioned to digital photography.

Funds will support DiverseWorks’ collaborative performances, exhibitions and community projects by LGBTQ+ artists that focus on the continuing fight for social justice, safety, and equity; the Project Freeway Fellowship (Artists-in-Neighborhoods) program in 2019 and 2020; and the commissioning and presentation of Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin’s 50 States: Louisiana.

GateKeepers (sponsor LOUD, Inc.)
Funds support GateKeepers’ Black LGBTQ History & Heritage Project through the Charles Law Community Archive at The African American Library at the Gregory School. The project documents and celebrates the contributions of Black LGBTQ Houstonians to the history of the community and the city. (In collaboration with non-profit LOUD, Inc.)

Gender Infinity, Inc.
Gender Infinity will use the funds to hire and support a part-time Executive Director to build on Gender Infinity’s record of programming and financial success and to ensure sustainable administrative support of our programs.

The Houston Intersex Society (sponsor TFA)
Funds support the general operations of the Houston Intersex Society (THIS), a grassroots organization founded in 2012. THIS empowers and enriches the lives of intersex people while working to end shame and discrimination through education, advocacy, and direct community support.

Houston Transgender Unity Committee (sponsor TFA)
The grant will allow us to attract keynote speakers from across the nation and international locations for the annual Houston Transgender Unity banquet.

JD Doyle Archives
Funds will support various websites in the JD Doyle Archives, including Queer Music Heritage, The Texas Obituary Project, Houston LGBT History and Houston We Have History, as well as several smaller websites and domains. Funds will also support the creation of several new banners for the Banner Project in 2019.

Lambda Houston
Lambda Center will use the grant to replace the existing roof (approximately 6000 square feet), re-level the building foundation, and repair the damage caused by decades of settling.

Lambda Legal
Funds support Lambda Legal’s South Central Regional Office which successfully uses strategic and collaborative advocacy in Texas and neighboring states to advocate civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community and all those living with HIV.


LOAFERS, Inc. was established to give lesbians over the age of 50 and their partners of any age a safe space to meet and socialize beyond ‘the bar.’ Funds will support creating a website to increase the organization’s visibility and subsidize social and educational activities for our members.

The Montrose Center – Senior Living Center
Funds will support the construction of the Law Harrington Senior Living Center. When completed, it will be the nation’s second largest and only LGBTQ affirming senior living center in the South, located in Houston’s Third Ward less than three miles from the Texas Medical Center and one mile from the Montrose Center.

The Montrose Center – Community Center
Funds will support operating expenses for a nonprofit incubator for LGBTQ organizations that empower the community through social services and advocacy. The incubator will provide fiscal agency, discounted office rentals, free meeting and event space, reduced utilities, marketing support, development support, and other assistance as needed.

Old Lesbian Oral History Project
Funds will directly support gathering and preserving the life stories of lesbians 70 and older, lesbians who lived through a unique period of history.

Our dad, Danielle (sponsor Fresh Arts)
Funds will support an ongoing documentary project about Danielle Healey, a patent attorney with an international law firm who publicly transitioned to live as her authentic self. A collaboration with director/writer/co-producer Sarah King, the film depicts the impact of Danielle’s transition on herself, her family, her friends, and her law firm.

Funds will support expanding PFLAG’s current programs, including general and small group meetings that provide support and community. Funds will also support creating and purchasing educational materials, and sending PFLAG representatives to fairs, conferences and speaking engagements to promote PFLAG’s message and meeting schedules.

QFest (sponsor Aurora Picture Show)
Funds support general operating expenses for QFest, including hiring a Development Manager to further expand fundraising and sponsorship opportunities for the festival.

Thunderclap Productions
Funds support the creation of an annual John Steven Kellett Memorial Series, which will present new and lesser known plays, musicals, and films that champion equality and push back against LGBTQ+ discrimination. The series includes an international call for applications.

Transgender Education Network of Texas
Funds support the Transgender Education Network of Texas in presenting cultural competency trainings through its speakers’ bureau. Programs include Gender 101, Trans Safe for ISD’s, and customized presentations for groups looking to affirm, support, and serve the trans and gender non-binary people with whom they work.

Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit
Funds support the annual TTNS conferences for three years, beginning with the 11th Annual Texas Nondiscrimination Reunion Summit June 28-29, 2019 at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Grant funds also support ongoing TTNS activities throughout the year, including research, developing policies, and consultation travel to colleges and universities across Texas.

UnMASKulinity (sponsor Fresh Arts)
Funds support continuing work on the documentary UnMASKulinity. The film and associated curriculum will clarify the complexity of African American masculinity by documenting the daily lives of the Black experience, including same-gender loving camaraderie, simultaneously creating safe spaces for black men to engage in this dialogue.