I grew up in rural North Carolina, where my closest neighbors were chicken houses and school was a 40-minute bus ride away. It was the 1980s, and not an easy time or place to be a gay kid. At the age of 14, my mother left me behind to fend for myself. In that instant, everything changed.
The Idaho Legislature is currently considering an “American and Idaho Laws for Idaho Courts” bill, which its sponsor, Rep. Eric Redman (R-Athol) claims to be necessary to regulate Idaho courts’ use and recognition of foreign law. This is the third consecutive year Redman has introduced this bill in Idaho, which is rooted in the unfounded idea that Muslims seek to impose Islamic Sharia law on U.S. courts. Even though the bill avoids direct reference to Sharia law, its intent is widely seen as an effort to target only one religious group—people of the Muslim faith. On February 15th, 2018, Steve Martin, Pride Foundation Regional Philanthropy Officer in Idaho, gave testimony against this bill.
In a massive state with such a small population, the reality of Pride Foundation’s work in Alaska is unique from other places in our region. First, the sheer size of the state means that there are more rural and remote communities than anywhere else in the country. On top of this, there are few, if any, LGBTQ-specific organizations in the state that have paid staff. Despite these challenges, one thing remains true about our work in Alaska—real solutions for our community are at our fingertips, and often just a phone call or lunch away.
Last week, the Washington State Department of Health released a new rule that adds a 3rd non-binary gender marker to birth certificates. I sat down with TRANSform WA Project Director and WA SAFE Alliance Coordinator, Jeremiah Allen, to learn more about the change.
Johnny* and his parents are migrant workers in rural Southeastern Idaho. As a 19-year-old undocumented Latino gay man, Johnny and his family long dreamt of the day when they would become U.S. citizens. For years, Johnny and his family tried repeatedly to earn their citizenship, but with no success. Even though the uncertainty of having
Doctors looked Alex in the eyes and explained that depression and anxiety were just passing phases. Teachers dismissed Alex as an overly emotional teen. Even a desperate suicide note to Alex’s high school English teacher was chalked up as insincere dramatics. “I felt like I was crying for help my whole life,” said Alex, who
Waking up to ashes from forest fires covering the kitchen table this morning was like an ominous metaphor for a world that feels like it is burning down around us. This morning, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, removing legal protections for 800,000 young people who registered their information
Pride Foundation recently made the decision to add staff members’ pronouns to our website and our individual email signatures. While this may seem like a small logistical addition, it reinforces key aspects of our vision, values, and social justice philanthropy. Gunner Scott, our Director of Programs (he, him) and Katie Carter, our Acting CEO in
You don’t have to look far to see the continued relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peaceful protesters marching in the streets from Ferguson, to New York, to Seattle are a visual reminder of Dr. King’s legacy of using nonviolent protest to demand change. Calling for criminal justice reform and police accountability, people from
When Pride Foundation scholar Carmel Aronson was in first grade, she dropped her lunchbox during Passover—spilling her matzah and charoset onto the floor. The smell and appearance of her food was strange to her young classmates, whose lunches looked drastically different. Reflecting back on that moment, Carmel said, “My difference was so obvious that nobody