This week, shortly after the heartbreaking, violating attack on Latinx and black LGBTQ people at Orlando’s gay club Pulse, those of us who make up the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund want to share the following messages of solidarity.
Our thoughts and spirits are with all the loved ones of the people who were killed on June 12 and 13 and all those who were injured and are dealing with trauma, survivorhood, and grief. Our empathy and solidarity is with LGBTQ Latinx communities in Central Florida.
While there was one individual who killed and injured 100 people, our community members at Pulse were also victims of violent misogyny, anti-LGBTQ hatred, and conservatism. These forms of ideology are all too common in the US, and cause damage in our communities every day. Sunday was a particularly horrifying example. The murder of two (more) young, black, trans/gender non-conforming people in New Orleans, Devin Diamond and Erica “E” Davis, in just the past few weeks is another example. Too many examples abound.
We at the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund, a collaboration between the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Arcus Foundation, Calamus Foundation, Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, Laughing Gull Foundation, and an anonymous donor, call on our fellow funders to devote more resources, more support, and more understanding to organizing by LGBTQ communities of color, particularly in the U.S. South, where we focus our support. LGBTQ communities of color face particular and deep struggles and have creative and complex solutions for change. We must listen better and make relationships with more organizations led by LGBTQ people of color.
And we must support movements for cultural change. Groups that build bridges with non-LGBTQ people of color, with people of faith, with our immigrant kin, with our brethren in environmental justice movements, workers rights struggles, with reproductive justice activists. All of us working together: we are the ones who fight conservatism and hatred. We hold the line against Islamophobia, xenophobia, increased policing and militarism, and imperialism.
The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund was started by queer women of color who wanted to address the many intersecting forms of inequality that LGBTQ communities of color face. We invite you to join us, and to continue your hard work for gender, racial, economic, and all other forms of social justice. We stand with our community in Orlando.
We will also work with partners, with our grantees, and with allies to respond to work being done on the ground. We invite you to be in touch on ways we can work together.
The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund
All of us working together: we are the ones who fight conservatism and hatred. We hold the line against Islamophobia, xenophobia, increased policing and militarism, and imperialism.
Top photo: GetEQUAL, June 21, 2016