Equity is at the core of who we are

Pride Foundation’s work is motivated by the fundamental belief that the humanity of every single person deserves to be recognized, protected, and valued. Our commitment to equity is at the core of this belief. For us, equity is about creating a place where we all belong, where we all can be ourselves, and where we all have opportunities to thrive.

Equity is not only critical to our work—fundamentally, achieving it is our work.

 

Our work should reflect the breadth of our community

All of our movements for justice are deeply interconnected. LGBTQ people hold a whole host of identities that make up who we are. We are people of color, Two-Spirit, youth, elders, people with disabilities, Native American, Alaskan Native, First Nation, women, immigrants, and people of faith. All of our identities together shape our lived experiences and impact the opportunities we have in the world.

Pride Foundation’s work must reflect the dynamic and diverse makeup of our community, and be expansive enough to thoroughly address the dreams, needs, and lives of all members of our community.

 

Now is the moment for change

Explicitly affirming our commitment to racial equity has never been more critical than in the divisive, polarized, and challenging cultural and political context we find ourselves in now, both nationally and across the globe, which is particularly affecting people of color.

Our racial equity work must expand and deepen to make the kind of impact that will get us closer to the just world that we seek. Lives and livelihoods are at stake, and waiting is not an option.

Our goal is to fundamentally transform our work to center racial equity throughout our mission, structure, internal culture, programs, practices, and investments.

Transforming our future through this work

Since 1985, Pride Foundation has continually evolved our approach, strategy, and practices as the landscapes of our country and our movement have changed. This current undertaking is an important part of that evolution.

It will take thoughtful, concerted, and intentional effort as well as an increase in resources to dismantle the deep roots of racism and white supremacy in our region and in this country—and Pride Foundation is committed to doing this work.

The LGBTQ movement has made significant progress, while withstanding profound and persistent backlash. Even so, the issues most impacting the lives of people of color within our community have not been consistently prioritized

 

The data that drives us

While all LGBTQ people are confronted with discrimination, LGBTQ people of color, unlike white people, face systemic and structural racism that creates significant barriers to opportunities and resources throughout their lives.

The impact of these barriers, coupled with the ongoing underinvestment to address them, is apparent in the data that shows significant disparities for LGBTQ people of color across a wide array of social issues. Here is just a snapshot of these disparities: 

  • LGBTQ youth make up 7% of the general population, but over 40% of youth experiencing homelessness

    • Of that 40%: 44% identify as Black and 26% identify as Latino/a/x

  • Due to poverty, lack of access to healthcare, and other factors, men of color who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately impacted by HIV. If current rates continue:

    • 1/11 White MSM will be diagnosed in their lifetime

    • 1/4 Latino MSM will be diagnosed in their lifetime

    • 1/2 Black MSM will be diagnosed in their lifetime

  • In 2016, only 11% of total foundation funding for LGBTQ issues went to communities of color, despite the fact that 39% of LGBTQ people identify as people of color

Sources: True Colors Fund, Centers for Disease Control, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

 

Our commitment and our hope

After much learning and growth, we have set in motion an expansive racial equity action plan to center racial equity in all we do. We are committed to making changes along the way, remaining open and responsive to feedback, and continuing our learning with our entire community.

The kind of change we are enacting will require time, dedication, growth, and commitment—and, above all, the willingness to actually change. Ultimately, it is this kind of transformation that will help bring to fruition our vision of a world where all people can live safely, openly, and genuinely in the communities they call home.

Thank you for taking part in this work alongside us, and we hope you join us on this journey.

To learn more and get involved, contact Katie Carter, Acting CEO.

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