#YouAreMyPride is a collaborative campaign with PFLAG National to highlight the stories of LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous, people of color for Pride.
Tied to the global actions to end white supremacy, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who are more likely to experience loss of work, housing, education, and healthcare access. Additionally, we are confronted with increasing rates of discrimination and hate crimes targeting LGBTQ+ BIPOC.
Worldwide protests have erupted following the violent murders of Black people and Black LGBTQ+ folks, including George Floyd, Tony McDade, McKinsley LaKeith Lincoln, Ahmaud Aubery, and Breonna Taylor, as well as nearly a dozen protesters at the hands of police violence. Since January, at least 14 other trans people—most of whom were BIPOC—have also been harmed or murdered: Dustin Parker, Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, Yampi Méndez Arocho, Monika Diamond, Lexi, Johanna Metzger, Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, Layla Pelaez Sánchez, Penélope Díaz Ramírez, Nina Pop, Iyanna Dior, Helle Jae O’Regan, Riah Milton, and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells.
Rooted in Wear Your Voice’s mission to center and uplift BIPOC LGBTQIA+ voices and perspectives, we are delighted to announce our collaboration with PFLAG National and to launch #YouAreMyPride, a campaign to affirm the experiences and existence of our communities.
“‘You Are My Pride’ videos feature the affirming voices of LGBTQ+ community leaders and allies, as well as families, parents, and caretakers. This season has been exceptionally trying for all of us, but especially for queer and trans BIPOC,” said Ravneet Vohra, Founder, and CEO of Wear Your Voice. “Our hope is through these videos, we will be able to communicate just how loved we are, and proud we are of our BIPOC LGBTQ+ family. ”
Wear Your Voice and PFLAG share similar goals, and the national organization has always been dedicated to ensuring that LGBTQ+ communities are supported through education and advocacy. #YouAreMyPride uplifts and affirms our LGBTQ+ BIPOC loved ones as people whose courage, beauty, voice, and experience has always led on—and been a part of and important to—Pride.
On June 23, when we launch #YouAreMyPride, we encourage friends, families, and loved ones of LGBTQ+ communities to participate in the campaign by sharing their pride across social media channels with #YouAreMyPride.
“In a time of unrest and uncertainty, PFLAG National and Wear Your Voice want to empower families and allies of Black and Brown LGBTQ+ people to shower them with more love than ever before,” said PFLAG National board member Marilyn Devoe Willis, Ed.D. “Just in time for us to remember the roots of the movement, we are letting the world know that our children are our pride.”
PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. To learn more, visit pflag.org, like us on Facebook (/pflag), or follow us on Twitter (@pflag or Instagram (@pflag).
ABOUT WEAR YOUR VOICE
Wear Your Voice is a digital magazine for and by LGBTQIA+ Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) that publishes reported articles, features, personal essays, and critical analyses of current events, politics, entertainment, culture, sexuality, health, and more. The publication’s goal is to work towards liberation from all structures of power and oppression. We believe that education, the dissemination of information, and the witnessing and documenting of history from our queer, trans, BIPOC perspectives are essential to the process of liberation. To learn more about Wear Your Voice find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and read us wearyourvoicemag.com
Laura McGinnis, PFLAG National, (202-725-7571; 202-864-2247; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ravneet Vohra, Wear Your Voice, (415-471-0648; email@example.com)
“You Are My Pride” video produced by Hope Harris, written by Kenton Chen, and Hope Harris.
Talent: Melissa Harris-Perry, Ali Adler, Sawyer Gilbert-Adler, Rick Cosnett, Nisha Ganatra, Kim Hamilton, Raquel Willis, Dr. Marilyn D. Willis, Aruna Rao, Leela Rao, Leo Rao, Robert A. Marchman, Travis A. Marchman, Edith Guffey, Bryan Guffy, Marsha Aizumi, Aiden Takeo Aizumi, and Blanca Leos Leo Gamboa.
Music: I Already Love You – Instrumental Version x Joy Hanna
Images: (Photography and Video) Matt Thompson, Matt Law, Brandon Jones, Tanushree Rao, Brian Kyed, Sharon McCutcheon, Mick De Paola, Denin Lawley, Anna Elizabeth, @gebhartyler, Kristina Tripkovic, and Videvo.