PRIDE and what you can do
PRIDE IS UPON US – MAY WE RISE IN UNISON
Pride Month is kicking off during a time when it is difficult to feel celebratory amid so much pain, turmoil and unrest. But we have been here before and history has shown us that periods of upheaval have given rise to genuine progress and change. As we begin Pride month we must remember that our cause has always had roots in struggle and in protest. However this year is not the time to engage in corporate Pride events that celebrate what we have already achieved. It is time to look forward and deeper into what our Pride means.
It would be indefensible for the LGBTQ+ community to ignore the voices of our black brothers, sisters and neighbors crying out for justice. Because Marsha P. Johnson, Stormé DeLarverie, Sylvia Rivera, and countless other LGBTQ+ people had the courage to stand up for their rights, we now can celebrate Pride. And while Black transgender women deserve sizable credit for the state of LGBTQ+ progress today, they are being murdered at alarming rates. QBIPOC are a multiply marginalized community subject to both racism and homophobia.
Pride is by no means canceled but there can be no Pride if it is not intersectional. We must continue to use our voices and our privilege to elevate and protect black lives. It has been emotional to witness the collective uprising in the streets – let’s continue to fight until everyone has equal rights.
I’ve reached out to folx in the community to see where we can help. And if you are able, I’ve listed some organizations you can click donate to that are creating direct impact.
Policy Reform Organizations:
LGBTQ+ Stabilization and Support Organizations:
In love and solidarity,