As this Pride month comes to an end, YWCA National Capital Area wants to take a moment to honor our LGBTQIA+ community and their continued fight for justice. The freedom to thrive and be one’s true authentic self should be afforded to all people, not just some.
Pride began as a riot, with Black and Brown women–as they so often do–leading the fight for liberation. Yet, more than 50 years after the Stonewall uprisings, the LGBTQIA+ community continues to face discrimination in the workforce, in housing, in healthcare, and in our community at large.
We know that no one is free until we all are and that celebrating LGBTQIA+ people shouldn’t be limited to a singular month. The hard work of building a more equitable, just and compassionate society takes all of us. We affirm and support the LGBTQIA+ community every day. Hate has no place here.
If you are able, we invite you to support LGBTQIA+ serving organizations today. Here are some suggestions:
- The DC Center for the LGBT Community educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
- Center for Black Equity whose mission is to to promote a multinational LGBTQ+ network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility, and self-determination.
- Casa Ruby is a multicultural LGBT organization providing educational, health, housing and social services to individuals facing poverty In the nation’s capital.
- SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy.