A Message About Joy and Hope

I’m writing you today with a message about joy and hope.   It might not be the message you want to hear right now, or the message you are ready to hear, but—if you’re like me—it may be the message you need.   This past year was rough—there have been things we’ve all needed to

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Black History Month Series: Black LGBTQ+ Stories

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we’ll be lifting up stories of Black LGBTQ+ activists and change makers that are so often left out of the broader narrative. Throughout February, keep your eye out for these stories on our social media and on this page of historical Black LGBTQ+ leaders, Black LGBTQ+ leaders making history here and

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3 Cool Things from 2021 in 30 Seconds

These first few weeks of 2021 have already held a lot. To me, January has gone by in a blur of joy and outrage, anxiety and hopefulness. While all of those elements remain, I want to acknowledge several bright spots for the start of our year. Here are three cool things for our Pride Foundation

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Hope Alone is Not Enough

This morning I woke up reflecting on all that has happened since this day in 2020. I was struck by how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is different this year, in ways that are especially relevant to honoring his memory.   In the past year, we’ve experienced a global pandemic that has cost the

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Repairing the Deepening Fractures in Our Democracy

I watched in horror and anger yesterday as white supremacist terrorists led a violent insurrection that attempted to undermine our democracy, our elections, and our voices.  I don’t need to recount the events of what happened. If you’re like me, you’ve been glued to the news every moment since early yesterday afternoon. What I must

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At the Heart of It

This year, community organizations across our region have been reimagining their work in pursuit of equity, justice, and community care.   Portland, Oregon’s Ori Gallery is a space dedicated to amplifying the voices of trans and queer artists of color. Normally a home for in-person exhibitions, Ori has pivoted to hosting individual residencies for artists affected by

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6 Cool Things to Celebrate in 2020

To say that this year has held a lot is such an understatement. 2020 called each of us to get very clear in our purpose. At Pride Foundation, ours has been crystal clear: to show up in all the ways we can for LGBTQ+ people and communities in the Northwest. Despite the challenges of this

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What Happened in Alaska this Year

As the pandemic spread this year, LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness faced compounding challenges finding shelter, safety, and belonging.   In Alaska, the volunteer collective Choosing Our Roots responded immediately by expanding their efforts to find safe and supportive places for LGBTQ+ youth to live, and creating online spaces of connection that are especially critical for youth in rural communities. This year, Pride Foundation’s

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What Keeps One Scholar Going This Year

“When I’m going through my classes and I’m having a particularly hard time getting through it, I like to remind myself that, in the end, when I graduate, I get to be one of those people that helps other people understand that they’re beautiful and they’re valid and they matter.”   Maxwell Storm Blue is

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New Donor Feature: Quince Mountain

Every year, people across the Northwest create fundraisers for Pride Foundation that inspire their communities to invest in equity and justice. Early in 2020, we were delighted to see donations from every corner of the country roll in on behalf of Quince Mountain under the punny hashtag #Igivearod. That’s when Quince and his team of

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