It’s only the beginning of 2020 and we already know the road ahead of us this year will be a challenging one, to say the least. We’re living through a hyperpolarized time that has us witnessing a rise in fear, hateful rhetoric, and an increase of violent hate crimes. Too often our differences are used as divisive weapons, but what keeps me hopeful is the resiliency of our community and nation made stronger by our diversity.
We know that people in the LGBTQ community come from all walks of life. We are youth, parents, and seniors. We are every color, body type, gender, and faith. We are indigenous, immigrants, and asylum seekers. We are anti-war veterans and active-duty service members. The LGBTQ community is truly as diverse as humanity itself. That inspires me.
We, the LGTBQ community, have a power gifted to us by the insights of our lives that rest on the intersection of multiple identities. We can see the common root causes of oppression and discrimination. It is incumbent upon us to use that insight as our moral compass to help guide the world around us to a more equitable and just future.
It is with that charge in mind that we are proud to announce that our Pride theme for 2020 is “Together We Rise.” This year we will focus on calls for collaborative social justice. As some seek to divide us, we will help to shed light on intersectional ways we can address the issues impacting our community, region, and movement and ask you to join in on that work alongside us as Together We Rise.
P.S. If you haven’t already done so, please register to volunteer with Pride and learn about opportunities to engage with us through the year.