On a hot June night in 1969, police raids began at the historic Stonewall Inn — a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. As Stonewall Inn patrons were being unjustly arrested, a crowd gathered and nearby onlookers became increasingly upset at the brutal use of force and treatment of patrons by police, thus erupting into a riot. The following year, a march was held in the spirit of the resistance to the homophobia displayed during the Stonewall Uprising, with the theme of Gay Pride being the center of the historic protest. Today, Pride is often viewed as a party — and while Pride is very much a celebration of the LGBTQ community and history, it is first and foremost an expression of speech and protest against a long history of political attacks on the queer community, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of such attacks on human rights still taking place today.
Unfortunately, Pride has become commercialized and exploited by many corporations and companies. While you may have the best intentions when supporting a company that appears to be an LGBTQ ally, not all brands are actually working towards bettering the lives and protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community. The Real Deal is highlighting just a few of the many amazing organizations dedicated to creating change and becoming a positive force in everyday lives. You may donate directly to these nonprofits as well as support collaborations between brands that have partnered with nonprofits to make a difference.
The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project provides life-saving counseling, support and mental health services to LGBTQ+ youths (ages 25 and under) across the country. According to The Trevor Project’s research team, an alarming 1.8 millions LGBTQ teens and young adults consider suicide each year and LGBTQ youths are four times more likely to commit suicide. Focusing on the lack of resources for LGBTQ teens and young adults, The Trevor Project advocates for adolescents through crisis intervention and suicide prevention work, receiving around 100,000 crisis line calls per year. In addition to providing teens and young adults with multiple outlets to talk to counselors — TrevorLifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorText — The Trevor Project fosters a community of support through social networking platform TrevorSpace, nationwide ambassador programs and educational resources to further aid teens and young adults.
GLAAD is a non-governmental media monitoring organization that aims to reshape how the LGBTQ community is portrayed across media, while also creating a platform to share individual stories and experiences. GLAAD was founded by a group of journalists in response to defamatory coverage of the LGBTQ community during the HIV and AIDS crisis. Since 1985, GLAAD has championed inclusive media coverage of the LGBTQ community and gay culture by challenging anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and culture bias as seen in movies, print, television and more. Through media education programs such as transgender media and Spanish-language media, GLAAD works to ensure diverse and quality representation of the LGBTQ community in all forms of media to promote acceptance and inclusion.
If you would like to directly support GLAAD while also rocking sweet Pride merch, look no further. Additionally, you can directly donate to GLAAD below.
The Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is dedicated to the fight for equal rights and fair treatment of the LGBTQ community. For more than four decades, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has been a voice for the silenced and marginalized, people of color, trans people and those who are HIV+. To ensure that members of the LGBTQ community are able to openly live their lives without discrimination, HRC works to mobilize community action around the world regarding anti-LGBTQ legislation, workplace equality, transgender rights, HIV awareness and healthcare, religion and more through educational programs, campaigns and research.
Since 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has worked to ensure the rights of everyone are protected and have advocated for LGBTQ equal rights since 1936 — when the ACLU filed its first case challenging LGBTQ discrimination. Today, the ACLU files more cases regarding LGBTQ rights than any other organization in the country and is actively lobbying, organizing and providing public education on LGBTQ rights and discrimination in every state. Regardless of sex or income, the ACLU is committed to fighting for the equal treatment of all, protecting the right to body autonomy and advocating for the right to live a full and open life without discrimination or violence.
Founded by a group of teachers in 1990, GLSEN focus is to create a supportive and affirming environment for LGBTQ youth (grades K-12). GLSEN advises and advocates for the protection of and inclusion of LGBTQ youth in the public school system through acts such as the Student Non-discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act. The school system plays an integral part in the development of a child and GLSEN recognizes the impact that educators and fellow students can have on LGBTQ youth. Through their education and activism, GLSEN is spreading their message of inclusion, anti-bullying and acceptance in 30 states with a nationwide network of 1.5 million advocates.
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