What we say NO to!
- NO policing of LGBTQI bodies
- NO rainbow capitalism
- NO normalizing of white gay cis identity at the expense of Black and Brown LBQTI folks
- NO depoliticization of our causes
- NO homogenization of our identities and struggles
- NO exclusion of bi/pan, asexual, intersex, trans, and others
From the time of Stonewall, LGBTQ patrons of the Stonewall Inn—fed up with being harassed and targeted, who were predominantly People of Color—fought back against the police. Today, we know that Pride activities and marches in many parts of the United States and around the world are still spaces of resistance. Oftentimes, these spaces and the LGBTQI people who participate in them are criminalized, discriminated against and/or face violence and backlash.
Pride marches often include a heavy police presence, which can be triggering and unsafe, particularly for QTPOC. Police and law enforcement have a history of violence against LGBTQI communities, which continues into the present in many contexts, making Pride marches violent and dangerous for some members of the LGBTQ community.
Putting Pride in the context of remembering Stonewall 50 years on, we acknowledge this is a year where in the U.S anti-LGBTQI violence is escalating, particularly the anti-trans actions introduced—from trying to ban trans people from the military, to rescinding Obama-era memos that protected trans workers and students from discrimination. Just as of June 15, 2019, four trans women have been reported murdered during this Pride Month, and 10 have been reported murdered overall in 2019.
What we say YES to!
- We want a Pride that is truly inclusive and leans into the LGBTQI grassroots visions for where our movements are headed. We’re holding both the accomplishments we are proud of, as well as shining a spotlight on the many political, social, and cultural battles still ongoing around the world.
- We commit to engaging around the problematic politics of corporate Pride rather than being complicit or silent around these issues. We say yes to queer liberation and not rainbow capitalism.
- We take care of and are joyous in our communities, while we keep fighting for justice. LGBTQI grassroots activism has always combined struggle with celebration. Pride can and should be both celebratory and healing, and heavy and political.
- We call for a Pride that is centered around highlighting and protecting self-determination, bodily autonomy, gender justice, diverse gender identities and sexualities, and rejecting violence, discrimination, and gender-based oppression. We see our role as uplifting the tremendous work of our grantee partners, and the work that we are proud of having done.
- We acknowledge that as a philanthropic institution with power and resources, we have a particular responsibility to amplify those communities who are not always heard during Pride month or at all, as well as to call out efforts to corporatize and homonormalize Pride.
- We uplift Pride actions around the world that are truly radical, political and liberatory. Some examples include: Annual NYC Dyke March // Trans Day of Action // Queer Liberation March // Soweto Pride
What we’re PROUD of:
- Our 40+ year history of resistance through lesbian feminist philanthropy— read our Feminist Funding Principles here
- Supporting grassroots organizations and leadership around the world that center LGBTQI people
- Our commitment to centering the leadership of queer, trans, & GNC People of Color in the U.S.—over 99% of our grantee partner organizations in the U.S. are POC-led
- Healing Justice practices as a response to generational trauma, policing, and surveillance—read our Healing Justice Report here
- Uplifiting queer digital activism and holistic security for organizers and activists
- Our overt support of intersex activism and global local organizing—read more about our Intersex Human Rights Fund here
- Teen Vogue – Why Police Aren’t Welcome at Pride
- Current Affairs, Yasmin Nair – “A diversity agenda is morally meaningless unless we examine the institutions we are diversifying”
- NBC News – ‘Queer Liberation March’ sets stage for dueling NYC gay pride events
- Them. – No Corporate Floats Allowed: The Dyke March is still a radical pride protest
- Out Magazine – OpEd: 50 years later, pride month is a disgrace to our ancestors
- NYTimes – Where Are the Statues of L.G.B.T.Q. Pioneers? Here Are 11 Worthy New Yorkers
- NYTimes – Two Transgender Activists Are Getting a Monument in New York
- Them.us – Phoenix Activists Are Creating a More Inclusive Pride for Undocumented People
- Astraea Foundation – Black Lesbian Visibility Matters!