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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I’ll Bring the Chairs

More than 10 years ago, when I was the co-director of a feminist community center in Portland (pictured above), I wrote a grant proposal to Pride Foundation. We received a modest award that allowed us to buy chairs to accommodate the hundreds of people who came to our space each month, making it more accessible

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Celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility!

Since we were founded in 1985, raising visibility for our communities has been a critical part of Pride Foundation’s work. When we share stories of our lives and our experiences, we can build awareness, empathy, and authentic relationships—and get that much closer to a world where we can all be who we are, where we are.

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The vision of our founders—and a special opportunity

Thirty-four years ago, a courageous group of activists, friends, and neighbors came together to create a critical resource that our community in the Northwest urgently needed—a foundation that would create a source of light, hope, and support for LGBTQ+ people during a period of profound darkness.   Since then, the passion, innovation, and vision of

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My First Note To You As CEO

When I first got involved with Pride Foundation more than 10 years ago, I had just moved to Portland and I was co-directing a feminist community center, while searching for my own place in this new home and community.   I could hardly have imagined then that I would be writing this note today, sharing

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