Before it was a parade, Pride was a fight for justice! Countless laws have been passed and are pending to revoke LGBTQ+ rights. Allies, let us respond!

Let’s Shop Black® Products at Black LGBTQ+ Businesses This Pride Month!

The current challenge

He human rights campaign reports: “So far this year, we have seen more than 400 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in states across the country,” a disturbing wave of efforts to strip the community of various basic rights.

In the past 5 years, “More than 100 anti-LGBTQ+ laws have been passed, half of them this year,” according to fivethirtyeight.

Many companies have pulled back on their Pride campaigns and commitments to support the LGBTQ+ community after bullying by anti-wake advocates this year.

Additionally, corporations historically known for funding Pride initiatives that boost LGBTQ+ employment and income during the critical month of June have withdrawn their financial support and focused elsewhere.

LGBTQ+ culture, especially black queer culture, has reached its maximum exposure in current music trends, in social media timelines, and through cultural references. This avid reception, however, often dismisses history, glosses over current threats, and symbolizes the community.

The origin and legacy of pride

Pride is held in June as a form of celebration, acknowledging its origins in the Stonewall riots of 1969. Marsha P. Johnson, Senior Miss Griffin-Gracyand the black trans community spearheaded these protests, sparking the contemporary LGBTQ+ rights movement.

the legacy of Bayard Rustin teaches us that at the center of LGBTQ+ activism is economic justice! Help lead the March on Washington for jobs and freedom Over 50 years ago, Bayard led the conversation on full social integration through economic inclusion.

The list goes on and on; Lucy Hicks Anderson is a pioneer in marriage equalitypauli murray building legal foundations for the civil rights and women’s rights movements, and Khan-Cullers, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza founded the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Several American liberties exist thanks to Black LGBTQ+ activists. The same community that has fought for our rights is now under attack and requires our support!

Your dollar in action

Calling allies to buy black and counteract injustice with our dollars! We can make sure Black LGBTQ+ owned businesses are supported this Pride month.

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Make a donation to help spread the fight for what’s right!

  • For the Gworlds – A black trans led collective that raises funds to directly support the community in the US and around the world.
  • National Black Justice Coalition – A civil rights group committed to the empowerment of black LGBTQ and same-gender lovers (SGL).
  • My sister’s house – While the organization primarily focuses on providing safe and reliable housing and resources for LGBTQ+ people, they also help with bail bond assistance, license reinstatement, resume training, and more.
  • For additional organizations supporting the intersections of Blackness and queerness, see The Center’s list of organizations.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s wise words, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” remind us that our struggles for rights are intertwined. Just as other rights can be revoked, ours can be revoked as well. let’s show solidarity with the Black LGBTQ+ community and BuyBlack!

Power to pride!

The Power to Pride: BuyBlack in Solidarity publication first appeared on OneUnited Bank.

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