Guest Blog: Finding My Missing Puzzle Piece

After a long hiatus from volunteering and realizing that I missed the joy of community service, I decided to volunteer with the Pride Foundation as a scholarship reviewer for 2020. This realization happened during a dinner conversation over homemade lasagna and sparkling wine where I was talking to Chance Wilcox, the Alaska Regional Officer for

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Unleashing Storytellers in a Pandemic

In a time where we crave human connection and sink deeper into quarantine, some organizations have been able to bring people together in spectacular ways. Story Works, a Pride Foundation Community Grant recipient in Alaska, continuously works to bring youth together, build human connections, and unleash the storyteller in everyone. More than ever, connection is

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Ham. Rice. Oil. Sugar. Laundry soap.

Ham. Rice. Oil. Sugar. Laundry soap. These are some of the groceries I shopped for and delivered this week to a family of five, whose parents had both recently lost their jobs due to layoffs. The mutual aid group I volunteer with connected us because Gloria and her family live just five minutes away from

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What Happened Next

In 2008, just weeks after relocating to Portland from the Midwest, I was hired into my dream job at the time as co-director of a nonprofit feminist community center. But less than three months into my new role, a number of factors coalesced at once—on top of the devastating impact of the 2008 recession—and it

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Rural, Nonbinary, and Diabetic in the Age of COVID-19

Growing up and living with Type 1 Diabetes, I have felt my resilience and resolve tested more times than I care to remember. However, one of the greatest moments of fear I have felt as a person living with an immunocompromised condition, was the moment I learned of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in

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Showing Up for Our Fellow Alaskans

Alaskans have always been resilient. Be it dangerously inhospitable weather, geographic isolation, and most recently, the 2018 earthquake—we have always overcome adversities sent our way by banding together. As a community, we have stayed strong. As a community, we have rebuilt and repaired. As a community, we have answered the call to help those in

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In Support of Yakima Pride: Our Open Letter to Yakima City Council

PRIDE FOUNDATION STANDS BEHIND YAKIMA PRIDE, DENOUNCES YAKIMA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JASON WHITE’S DEHUMANIZING AND PERSONAL ATTACKS This morning, Pride Foundation leadership sent a letter to Yakima City Council Members and city leadership, and we are proud to share broadly and voice our support for our grantee and community partner, Yakima Pride (Read/watch Yakima Pride’s original statement).

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Building Stronger Networks at the Speed of Trust

As the Director of TRANSform Washington, a program of Pride Foundation, I was excited to come together with more than 20 trans and gender diverse leaders from across Washington at our first-ever statewide convening on nonbinary messaging and strategy. At the beginning of March—what felt like mere moments before the world shut down—we had this

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Staff Self Care and Community Care Favorites!

Oh, how the meaning of “Get Involved” has changed! This month, we’re talking about all of the ways we’ve gotten creative with our self care and community care in the age of COVID-19 and quarantining. We want to hear from you!  How are you engaging with yourself and your community right now?   Staff Self

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Building Community in the Face of Anti-Trans Legislation

In my role as Pride Foundation’s regional officer in Idaho over the last decade, I’ve attended and testified many times at the Idaho Legislature, championing LGBTQ+ equity in this state. Never in my tenure have I witnessed a legislative year as profoundly anti-LGBTQ+ as the 2020 session, and specifically, so much legislation targeted against transgender

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