Juneteenth in Action

Tomorrow is Juneteenth, a day to commemorate the abolition of slavery in the United States—and it is also an opportunity to remember and acknowledge our history. That this country was built on the stolen labor, knowledge, and skills of Black people. That the systemic anti-Black racism that made the institution of slavery possible in the

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A Signal of a Sea Change

As we have learned so often in the past few months: what a difference a day can make. I am still sitting with yesterday’s historic ruling from the Supreme Court that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ+ people from being fired by our employers based on our sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Our Community Grants Application is Open!

I first wanted to thank you all of our incredible community partner organizations for all of the amazing work your organizations do to support our communities across the Northwest. I wanted to let you know we have opened our Community Grants application and to highlight a few significant changes we have made. The application will

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A Joint Open Letter from Seattle LGBTQ Organizational Leaders to Mayor Jenny Durkan

Mayor Durkan, As you know, June 1st marked the beginning of Pride month, a time to recognize the Stonewall uprising against police brutality and harassment that launched our modern LGBTQ movement. The actions at Stonewall, led by Black and brown trans people like Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, are the reason we can stand

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Our Open Letter to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Dear Mayor Durkan, We are angry and appalled at the actions of your office and the Seattle Police Department during the protests that have taken place downtown, in Capitol Hill, and across the city this past week. These protests are calling out the brutality of both our local police and police departments across the country

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Postponing Our Virtual Scholarship Celebration—and Why

We are so grateful to everyone that was planning to attend our Virtual Scholarship Celebration this Thursday. I’m writing today to share that we have decided to postpone this virtual event. I also wanted to share why we decided to postpone this event. As uprisings against the brutal violence of the police against Black people

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This Transformational Moment

Artwork (left to right): Breonna Taylor – @shirien.creates; Ahmaud Arbery – @shirien.creates; Nina Pop – @colorofchange;  George Floyd – @shirien.creates; Tony McDade – @vientoxsol Tomorrow is the first day of Pride month and today I’m holding, honoring, and celebrating the truth that what we commemorate every June was an uprising—days of passionate resistance to the brutal violence of the police against

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Announcing the 2020 Pride Foundation Scholars!

Today, I’m so excited to announce some much-needed good news: we’ve awarded our 2020 Pride Foundation Scholarships! This year, we are awarding $546,550 to 127 LGBTQ+ and allied student leaders—leaders whose stories, ambition, and resilience unequivocally show that our community is changing the world.  But don’t take my word for it. Hear it from a

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Focusing on the Forest

Perhaps like you, I have been spending my days and nights focused on the current moment—responding, reacting, holding, breathing all the horrors we are witness to.   But I am fighting the tendency to direct my attention only on the trees in front of me and instead continually bring the forest into focus too. When I

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Creativity + Fierce Determination

This is not our community’s first health crisis.   What we learned during the AIDS crisis—and have proven time and time again ever since—is that when our communities need us, we show up to support one another even when no one else will.   This value and practice is at the heart of Pride Foundation’s Crisis

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