Today is the last-ever GiveBig! Every gift made to Pride Foundation before midnight tonight will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
40% of youth experiencing homelessness in the United States identify as LGBTQ. The most commonly cited reason for this? Family rejection. This is a statistic many of us have heard regularly over the past few years, but attempting to fully understand the reality of this figure—the individuals and the stories behind the number, and the true impact on the lives of so many young people in our community—can be daunting and overwhelming.
Early last year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $33 million in funding to ten communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)—a multi-year program intended to help communities reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. Of the 130 cities across the country that submitted applications, Seattle/King County and Anchorage were 2 of the 10 selected communities. Since then, Pride Foundation staff have been fortunate enough to support both of these efforts.
I was born and raised here in Helena, Montana. I grew up playing sports, spending time with friends, running up the big hill behind our house, and enjoying everything Montana has to offer with my family. We went camping, hiking, and I tried fishing with my dad (and quickly learned it wasn’t my thing). Like many of my chosen family in the LGBTQ community, I knew something about myself long before I came to terms with it.
This International Women’s Day, we hope you will join us in lifting up the voices and stories of the incredible women who have made such significant impacts on our communities.
In June 2017, we were thrilled to announce that Pride Foundation would be partnering with filmmaker Jesse Ayala Jr. of Fovrth Studio on creating a Virtual Reality (VR) film as part of Oculus’s VR for Good Creators Lab. This recently established project pairs filmmakers and nonprofits to make great VR in the name of social good.
Throughout 2017 and into this year, this Administration has rolled out anti-immigrant measures that threaten the lives and livelihoods of so many within our communities. While many of these actions have been and are continuing to be actively challenged in courts, legislation, and through direct action, the impact on the communities targeted has been dire.
As we have been honoring Black History Month throughout February at Pride Foundation, I have been reflecting on this moment we are in—and what “this moment” actually signifies. For some of us, especially those of us who are white, this moment has been an awakening to the realities of racism across the United States—a heightened awareness that white supremacist beliefs and actions are thriving, and that they permeate our structures, institutions, and interpersonal relationships.
As I write this, Alaska Family Council President Jim Minnery is leading an effort to repeal portions of Anchorage’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance. This is a highly discriminatory, anti-trans measure that will effectively strip transgender and gender diverse people of their rights and protections to live free from discrimination.