The Stonewall Riots of ‘69 sparked the catalyst for change. Said to mark the beginning of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement and the reason why we’re able to celebrate Pride today. As we celebrate Pride month, it’s important to remember that it was Stormé DeLarverie (a Black lesbian), Marsha P. Johnson (a Black trans woman) and Sylvia Rivera (a Latinx trans woman) who were at the forefront of the movement. Without them, there would be no Pride month.
To show our support, we’re paying homage to the community with a collection in honour of flying the flag for love and acceptance. As well as donating to The Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co.) a Black trans led organization dedicated to transforming material realities for Black transgender people.
Pride is a celebration but also a reminder that the work is not over. Despite all efforts, it is the Black queer and trans folk that remain the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community.
If you’re able to, donate directly to charities that need funds to fight for the global movement towards equality and those that support the struggles faced by black and marginalised communities.
Amplify your voice and stand in solidarity with all members of the queer community. Whether this be via your social media platform or word of mouth to friends, family and the people you meet. Spreading awareness is key.
Find out what protests are happening near you and march to show your solidarity. Remember to keep practising safety precautions so wear a face mask and social distance for 7-14 days after attending any mass gathering.
We can always do better and be better. Endeavour to educate yourself fully by immersing yourself in books, podcasts, films and documentaries that focus on or are made by queer black folk.
There has never been a more important time to wear your rainbow colours and stand proud in support of yourself, friends, oved ones and more importantly the black queer community. Afterall, there is “no Pride for some of us without liberation for all of us” – Marsha P. Johnson
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