With the year winding down and ten successful year-end celebrations under our belt, it is clear we have much to be thankful for.
Once again, Pride Foundation held year-end events in each of our five states—ensuring that we are able to celebrate our grantees within their home communities and build connections between local leaders and supporters.
Given the rapidly shifting landscape throughout our region, it felt more important than ever to bring people together to hear about the critical work our grantees are doing on the ground and to learn more about the road ahead.
Around the region we heard about Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association and their work to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS in Southeast Alaska, how the ACLU of Idaho will train leaders and advocates for the upcoming legislative session, the work that Tumbleweed in Montana is doing to provide resources and services to homeless LGBTQ youth, the various ways that TransActive Gender Center in Oregon is supporting transgender youth and families, and the exciting programming of Stonewall Youth in Washington that is empowering the next generation of rural youth, to name a few.
You can read more about all 56 of our grantees here. Over 300 people joined us at events in Anchorage, Boise, Billings, Missoula, Portland, Richland, Seattle, Spokane, Springfield, and Whidbey Island—highlighting the important role these events play in building community.
The stories shared at each event highlighted the significant challenges and obstacles that continue to face our community. We know the work that lies ahead won’t be easy. Yet we left these celebrations filled with hope at what we can accomplish together.
From the incredible work that our grantees are doing throughout our region, to the generosity and dedication of our supporters—we are ending this year filled with gratitude. As we head into our 30th anniversary, we are poised to continue working toward true, lived equality for everyone in our community.
A big thank you to everyone who joined with us to celebrate—we couldn’t do this work without you.
Zachary Pullin is Pride Foundation’s Communications Manager. Email Zachary.