As we take time during Pride Month to affirm our support for and celebrate the diversity of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming (LGBTQ+) staff, clients, and community partners, let’s first please take a moment to remember the lives of those lost one year ago today in the terror attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Let us also reflect on the oppression faced by these communities.
Many of our LGBTQ+ clients who come from low-income communities and communities of color often live at the intersections of these multiple oppressions, which easily makes them more vulnerable. It is because of these injustices that we, at The Legal Aid Society, will remain committed to raising awareness of intersectionality, the overlapping of social identities and how discrimination against one ultimately represents discrimination against all.
We are proud of our commitment to increase our cultural humility as it relates to sexual orientation and gender identity and, as such, we are committed in all ways possible to fight to eliminate the many disparities experienced by the LGBTQ+ communities.
This month, we will again be conducting community outreach at this year's annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Heritage PRIDE March (June 25), as well as the 12th Annual Trans Day of Action (June 23), and we will have an internal evening event (June 29). We ask that you Save the Date for all events.
The annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Heritage PRIDE March is on Sunday, June 25th. Later in the month, we will have a staff event with various great speakers who will discuss the work they have done within the LGBTGNC communities.
Participating in the March and any other event is both a celebration of LGBTQ+ diversity among our clients and colleagues and a valuable opportunity to message our commitment to fighting LGBTQ+ oppression and advancing the rights of these communities.
If you have any questions, please email Jasmina Chuck, of the LGBT Law and Policy Initiative, who is organizing the Society's participation.
Meanwhile, please visit our events and information page where you can find work we have done at the Society, reading materials, videos, and historical background. This informational page is the first of many more to come each time we have a special month to highlight.