Announcing Our New Director of Programs!

I am so excited to share with you that after an extensive search, we have found our new Director of Programs: Jeremiah J. Allen! Many of you know Jeremiah from his time working with Pride Foundation from 2015 – 2018. As Project Director of TRANSform Washington, Pride Foundation’s public education project, Jeremiah worked to uphold

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Opening Doors for LGBTQ+ Latinx Students

Growing up in rural Yakima Valley in Central Washington, Kris Gonzalez remembers her father and his family working in fields cutting turnips, asparagus, grapes, and the toll this labor took on them. “My grandparents were immigrants from Mexico who faced a lot of hardships. Growing up, there were a lot of doors that were not

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Open To All: Businesses Driving Change in Montana

When Erica Brubaker lived in Colorado, she canvassed door-to-door to fight for the issues and causes she cared about most. Now, as the owner of Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot in Bozeman, Montana, she takes a different tactic. “I get to create change right in my business,” Erica explains. “It’s a new and productive way I

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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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