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Pride Month should last all year

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Keep celebrating Pride Month all year by learning more and supporting our local communities.

June 2020 has come to an end. While Pride is usually celebrated throughout the whole month,  our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) communities are too fabulous to only be honored just thirty days of the year. Keep learning and be inspired year-round with information and resources organized by this acrostic poem. 

P = “Progress” Pride flag:

The "Progress" Pride flag features the traditional six-color rainbow flag in horizontal stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet, overlaid with chevron stripes in white, light pink, light blue, brown, and black stripes, to indicate colors of the trans pride flag and communities of color.

The “Progress” Pride flag, designed by Portland-based artist Daniel Quasar, features the traditional six-color rainbow flag, overlaid with chevron stripes in white, light pink, light blue, brown, and black stripes, to indicate colors of the trans pride flag and communities of color. 

The original gay pride flag, designed by Gilbert Baker, first flew at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade celebration in 1978. See how the pride flag has changed over time, and what designs and colors represent different parts of the queer community in this guide written by Ariel Sobel.   

R = Remembrance

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York. And earlier this month marked the 50th anniversary of the first organized Pride march, the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade, to honor what happened at Stonewall and what the LGBTQ+ movement was–and still is–fighting for: equal rights, justice, and freedom to live openly and free from harm. 
Portland Pride turned 40 in 2015. A June 2015 issue of Portland Monthly looked back on four decades of local courage, progress, and good times.  

I = Inspiration 

Queer Heroes of the Pacific NW - 2020 edition 

The Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN) curates a list of regional heroes every June as part of their Pride month celebrations. Each year since 2012, members of the queer community and their straight allies are recognized for contributions to the LGBTQ+ community. Find out who from our local communities is taking a stand for transgender issues, civil rights protections, or founded one of the oldest LGBTQ+ -identified theaters in the United States. 

D = Diversity

The LGBTQ+ community is beautifully diverse, and expands far beyond any acronyms. LGBTQ+, while often used as an umbrella term, can be under-representative of people identifying outside of those labels. 

In an effort to become more inclusive, what started with the four letters LGBT has expanded to LGBTQ2IA+ (also 2S LQBTQIA+ to lead with two spirit), and continues to transform and grow along with their communities.  

Here are the ABCs of what each letter has come to represent (note that these may not be all-encompassing!): 

L: Lesbian 

G: Gay 

B: Bisexual 

T: Transgender (an additional T can also represent Transsexual) 

Q: Queer (an additional Q often means Questioning) 

2: Two spirit or twin spirit 

I: Intersex 

A: Asexual (an additional A can also be included for Allies) 

+: Intended to be representative of the larger community; Agender, Genderqueer, Pansexual, fluid, and beyond 

We would also be remiss not to mention that the LGBTQ+ rights movement ignited at the 1969 Stonewall Riots with the help of two self-identified drag queens of color, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Pride celebrations wouldn’t be what they are today without their activism.

E = Education 

Learn more about Pride and its history with some of these opportunities for reading and watching: 

Additional Resources

24/7 Crisis Support Hotlines:

Crisis Text Line. Text LGBTQ or HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor 

Trans Lifeline. Connecting trans people to community, support, and resources. Hotline: 877-565-8860 

The Trevor Project. Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth. 866-488-7386 

SAGE. Advocacy and services for LGBTQ+ elders. Hotline: 877-360-5428 (LGBT) 

Local organizations for volunteering or support:

Basic Rights Oregon 

Cascade AIDS Project 

NAMI Oregon: Culturally-specific Services 

Q Center 

TransActive Gender Project at Lewis & Clark 

Article Sources: 

And thanks to Stacy Brewster for excerpts from our PBOT employee newsletter!