There is no denying it: We are going through a Civil Rights movement bigger than anything seen in recent times. The people’s demands, the protests, and the social media campaigns have shown that serious changes need to be made. We need a world filled with love and compassion rather than hate and division. Discrimination towards marginalized groups needs to stop. While raising awareness and demanding change is crucial to the movement, our actions are even more critical. At the end of the day, if we don’t make a change ourselves, then how can we have any expectations for everyone else?
Making a personal change is not hard to do. Like every other movement, the key component will be supporting each other, and the best way to do that is to help projects that are taking a stance against racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and every other form of discrimination that has plagued our communities for so long. Well, we have good news. By supporting Pride Palace, you have already been helping create change! In our effort to raise awareness and take personal steps toward change, Pride Palace has donated to different companies and nonprofits every month. And, by being a part of our community, you support them too! So without further ado, these are the organizations that we have and will continue to stand behind.
Black Visions Collective:
This powerful program dedicated to the Black Liberation Movement is working on several campaigns to create a thriving future where black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and oppression is ended. Their work in expanding the power of black people lies mainly in the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota. Their vision includes “delivering mobilization and action goals as part of a national coalition in which Black lives are centered, but it most often looks like visioning and leading targeted collaborative local campaigns that advance a concrete impact for people’s lives here, while also advancing a shift in public narrative that connects to transformative long-term change.”
The Pride Foundation:
The Proud Foundation has worked for more than 30 years on building a more equitable future for the LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities. One of their biggest impacts has been providing grants and scholarships to LGBTQ+, trans and gender diverse people, immigrants, and people of color.
“Every day, Pride Foundation grantees, scholars, and supporters are working to ensure every single person’s humanity is recognized, protected, and valued.”
Among other projects, they also partner with public officials, business partners, and religious leaders to address issues of discrimination in local communities, and have a public advocacy group that focuses on advancing legal equity through education, legislation, and ballot initiatives.
The Trevor Project
This particular initiative fills a uniquely important role within the LGBTQ+ community. Founded in 1998, they have become the leading national organization in providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people. This life-saving program also conducts research aimed at preventing suicide and offers programs for LGBTQ+ people under 25 who are in need of help.
This fun yet highly impactful startup is the only place where you will find cats speaking in solidarity and providing information about marginalized people. The organization makes use of cat animations represented by advocates and draws attention to key societal issues. Go check it out for yourself:
Pride Palace remains committed to amplifying the voices of marginalized individuals and organizations. We hope you will go check out these organizations to further learn how you can help create a more equitable future. Stay tuned for more articles!