Our Day in Court

Yesterday was a pivotal day for LGBTQ+ people in this country.   Based on the three cases they heard yesterday, the Supreme Court will decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ+ people from being discriminated against by our employers. While SCOTUS’s decision will not be issued until June 2020, we know

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From June Pride, to September Fear—and Future Hope

June, Pride Month, is a time of sunshine and warmth, of celebration and community—a time of freedom of expression, unity, and safety. That is what I saw throughout Pride month, beginning with a scholar celebration in Kennewick, where I was joined by scholars from Pasco, Airway Heights, Seattle, and even Enterprise, Oregon. I then attended

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A Big Day in the Big Sky State

Yesterday was a big day in Montana.  As a Regional Officer, I’m often asked to show up and speak on a number of issues impacting LGBTQ+ communities.  I’ve been fortunate to be working with the Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (MCADSV) over the last two months on a Youth Engagement Project to center

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The Voices of Idaho Podcast: An Interview with Steve Martin

We are excited to share a podcast that was recently recorded as part of a project of Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, a Pride Foundation grantee in Idaho. This project gives Idahoans the opportunity to talk about how they have been personally impacted along “The Spiral of Injustice,” which the Center defines as “examining the

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Condemning Intolerance in Idaho

It’s difficult for a news story to cut through all of the noise and political rhetoric we hear daily—but this month’s public letter from Idaho’s Republican state legislators did exactly that. The letter, addressed to the new President of Boise State University, Dr. Marlene Tromp, was written by Rep. Barbara Ehardt from Idaho Falls and

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Bringing Folks Together in NE Oregon

Last month I headed east to the northeast part of Oregon for a four-day trip spanning three counties, where I was welcomed with open arms and hearts. I started out in Pendleton, where I met with a local community organization that provides physical space and services for LGBTQ people in the area. I then headed

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Our History is Not Just Historical

Fifty years ago, LGBTQ+ people led by black and brown trans women like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, fought for a place where they could come together, build community, and be celebrated for every part of who they were. The uprising on Christopher Street sparked a transformation in our movement, the effects of which

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When Heartbreak Sparks Action

I looked both students in the eyes and asked, “How are you doing? I hope I didn’t just overwhelm you more with this information. I know you both are feeling so much right now.” They looked at each other, looked at me, sat back, and each let out a long exhale. One of them said,

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Announcing our 2019 Scholars!

We are so excited to share with you today the 2019 Pride Foundation Scholars!   This year, we are awarding $540,000 to 135 LGBTQ+ and allied student leaders—leaders whose stories, ambition, and resilience unequivocally show that our community is truly changing the world.      Pride Foundation scholarships not only provide financial support to students

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We Are Everywhere

During my childhood, my moms had a bumper sticker on their car that read: “We Are Everywhere” that regularly mortified me. I was desperately trying to hide the fact that I had lesbian moms—and that sticker was not doing me any favors. Growing up in a town of 500 in 1980s Vermont, I learned early

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