Today marks the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots—the uprising that served as a catalyst for the LGBTQ movement as we know it. The changes we have seen in the past 49 years have been nearly unimaginable, and many within our communities never thought they would see this kind of progress in their lifetimes. However, that progress has not been equally felt by everyone in our community. Many of the barriers that LGBTQ people of color in particular face on a daily basis are the very same as in 1969.
Today, in a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a long-awaited decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. While their narrow ruling in favor of a business owner in Colorado, who refused to sell a gay couple a wedding cake, does not have the sweeping scope and broad impact on civil rights laws it could have had, it is still a serious loss for our community.
Today is the last-ever GiveBig! Every gift made to Pride Foundation before midnight tonight will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
40% of youth experiencing homelessness in the United States identify as LGBTQ. The most commonly cited reason for this? Family rejection. This is a statistic many of us have heard regularly over the past few years, but attempting to fully understand the reality of this figure—the individuals and the stories behind the number, and the true impact on the lives of so many young people in our community—can be daunting and overwhelming.
This International Women’s Day, we hope you will join us in lifting up the voices and stories of the incredible women who have made such significant impacts on our communities.
As we have been honoring Black History Month throughout February at Pride Foundation, I have been reflecting on this moment we are in—and what “this moment” actually signifies. For some of us, especially those of us who are white, this moment has been an awakening to the realities of racism across the United States—a heightened awareness that white supremacist beliefs and actions are thriving, and that they permeate our structures, institutions, and interpersonal relationships.
I grew up in rural North Carolina, where my closest neighbors were chicken houses and school was a 40-minute bus ride away. It was the 1980s, and not an easy time or place to be a gay kid. At the age of 14, my mother left me behind to fend for myself. In that instant, everything changed.
This scholarship was established by Brian M. Day in 1993 to support Puget Sound area gay men of color who have significant financial need and demonstrate activism in the LGBTQ community and in communities of color. Words about the Creator: Brian M. Day was born in Seattle on May 6, 1960. He was raised in
Pride Foundation Regional Scholarships for residents of areas outside of King County where Pride Foundation is working to enhance the leadership of the LGBTQ and ally community: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Eastern Washington, and Northwest/Southwest Washington.