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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Announcing Pride Foundation’s New CEO

Today, I could not be more pleased to share that, following our extensive and thorough search, the Pride Foundation Board voted unanimously to hire our Acting CEO, Katie Carter, to continue to lead us into the future as the next CEO of Pride Foundation. Our Process and Decision “Pride Foundation was founded to address ongoing

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We Will Not Compromise on Our Legal Rights

Last week, Idaho Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill published an open letter describing his reasons for denying statewide equal protections for LGBTQ+ Idahoans. In this letter, Senator Hill described the need to find “a balanced solution” or, in essence, a compromise between non-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Idahoans and religious

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