Today is a day for celebrating generosity around the world. On #GivingTuesday, we wanted to take time to share our gratitude for all of you—our community of supporters who are transforming our region and who make Pride Foundation’s work possible. In these final weeks of 2018, I have been reflecting on all the stories of strength,
Yesterday kicked off another special season of thankfulness, and at Pride Foundation, we continue to be so grateful for all of the volunteers that make our work possible year after year. In this time of warmth, we want to share an opportunity to extend that sense of gathering and connection into 2019 and beyond. Would
Today, on Trans Day of Remembrance, we remember and honor the trans and gender diverse people in our communities whose lives were taken as a result of violence, hatred, and systemic discrimination. Each of these people were loved and important members of our community. Every single one of them should be with us right now.
On Sunday we woke up to yet another attempt to undermine our humanity and the humanity of the people we love. This time it was a leaked memo from the Trump administration that seeks to define trans and gender diverse people out of existence. Earlier this month it was the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh
“In North Idaho, discrimination is alive and well,” says Juli Stratton, Executive Director of North Idaho Pride Alliance (NIPA) in Coeur D’Alene, a Pride Foundation Community Grantee. “We hear people in North Idaho say, ’We don’t have any LGBTQ people here.’ But we know that statement is not true. That mentality is changing, in part
Last year, Jesse, a 15 year-old trans man in Missoula, Montana, was looking for young people like himself. He found them at Youth Forward, EmpowerMT’s after school program for high school aged LGBTQ+ youth. “Before getting involved, Jesse didn’t have much information about LGBTQ+ issues or the community,” Claire Michelson, EmpowerMT’s Youth Programs Coordinator said.
“At the moment we won, it hit me—this wasn’t just a city or state win, this was national. It was for the whole world,” remembers MoHagani Magnetek, a leader in the fight against anti-trans Proposition 1 in Alaska. This spring, in what became a historic vote, Anchorage residents voted to uphold their local non-discrimination ordinance—making
I wanted to share an update about our search for Pride Foundation’s next CEO. We are so pleased to have received an overwhelmingly positive response, both from candidates applying for consideration as well as partners offering to share the position profile with their networks. While this clearly means that Pride Foundation is well-positioned to find an incredible person to be our next leader, it has also necessarily resulted in the search process taking longer than originally planned.
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.