On June 15, right in the middle of Pride Month, a landmark Supreme Court decision banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. While this decision is historic, there’s still much work to be done, advocates say.
Thirty-one states still permit discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people in public accommodation (meaning that businesses such as restaurants and retail stores can shut these customers out), hate crimes have claimed more victims, particularly in the transgender community, and the White House is considering rolling back health discrimination protections for transgender patients.
So while this Pride Month has ushered in unprecedented and positive workplace culture change, the urgent need to support many LGBTQIA+ organizations remains, especially those organizations that support LGBTQIA+ members of color.
Trans women of color led the fight
Pride’s origins are tightly interlocked with struggles for racial inequality and against police brutality. The first Pride happened because of the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Those riots and subsequent push for equal rights were led by trans women of color and without them, the LGBTQIA+ community would not have the same power and visibility as it does today.
To help support some of the most vulnerable members of the queer community, below are some resources for you to be aware of (and hopefully spread the word!) that could use some extra help during this time:
Here are nationwide groups that need your help:
- The Trevor Project is helping with resources specifically targets to black queer youth.
- The National LGBT Center Health Education Center has a similar area for queer POC (people of color),
- The Center for Black Equity is a national group supporting the needs of the queer black community.
- And others on this list.
You can also support groups helping underserved communities in your cities, for example:
- In New York, the Ali Forney Centre is specifically dedicated to aiding those in the queer community who are experiencing homelessness.
- In Chicago, the Center on Halsted has a variety of resources to support the queer community.
- In Los Angeles, the Liberty Hill Foundation empowers queer youth to advocate for social justice in their communities of color.
Please consider supporting these and other organizations not just in Pride Month, but in all months – continued support is a great way to show that you and your employers are genuine allies for people whose work to end discrimination still must go on.