Our Word is Our Bond

“In Samoa, oral tradition and storytelling is the fabric of our culture. Before colonization, we passed down our history through song, oration, and acknowledgements from generation to generation,” explains Manumalo Ala’ilima, co-chair of United Territories of Paci c Islanders Alliance Portland (UTOPIA PDX), an all-volunteer organization that provides sacred spaces for Queer and Trans Paci

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Undocumented and Unafraid, Queer and Unashamed

There’s a belief that in many Latinx immigrant communities, our families won’t accept us as LGBTQ+. But during my coming out experience, 
I have never felt more connected to my immigrant community. In 2012, I was at an immigration solidarity march where I was going to share my story about being undocumented. I remember thinking:

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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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