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.
There is so much at stake tomorrow. The Supreme Court of the United States will consider the Masterpiece Cakeshop case and determine whether businesses have the constitutional right to discriminate against LGBTQ people. This is about so much more than buying a wedding cake. It is about whether our highest court will uphold the laws
November 11, 2017, Veteran’s Day, Mickie Schnider was called to the front of a room at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) hall in Orofino, Idaho. She was one of 10 veterans called up that night to receive a Quilt of Valor in recognition of her twenty-four years served in the Army National Guard,