We’ve made it into to June, which means summer has finally arrived in Maine and Pride month is upon us. In these busy, warm days, Portland Outright is making art, planning events, and dreaming up a world in which we’re all free. June means heightened visibility for LGBTQ+ issues across the country, and we know that Pride means more than rainbow merch and targeted ads.
This June marks the 50th anniversary of the anti-police violence protests at the Stonewall Inn in NYC, the event credited with catalyzing the modern gay rights movement. At Outright, we know and honor the trans women of color like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera who were leaders of this queer liberation movement. They fought for dignity and survival at Stonewall and founded the radical political collective, STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), which supported homeless queer, trans and gender-nonconforming youth and built power through the collective.
Portland Outright exists within this legacy of radical queer youth organizing, led by young people experiencing many of the same issues that spurred the Stonewall riots in 1969. Despite 50 years of progress, poverty, homelessness and incarceration continue to affect queer and trans youth disproportionately. But much like our heroes of the movement, Outright’s youth leaders and members draw power from working as a collective, choosing each other as family and fighting for our shared liberation. Outright’s vision of freedom includes a world where young people experience care instead of punishment, connection instead of isolation, and home instead of prison or the street.
But we cannot achieve this vision alone. Portland Outright’s youth leaders, youth members, volunteers, staff, and advisory board members invite you, our community of adult allies, to join us. We invite you to join us as Solidarity Members of the movement.
Solidarity Members are adults who want to support the work of Portland Outright’s queer and trans youth leadership. Solidarity Members contribute a monthly donation ($1-$50, sliding-scale) to help create the abundance our movement needs to thrive. Solidarity Members show up for queer and trans youth -- attending events, lending skills, and amplifying youth voices. In exchange, Solidarity Members receive regular updates and a formal role in the work.
>>>Become at Solidarity Member today at portlandoutright.org/solidarity<<<
Your tax-deductible donations will support stipends to compensate youth members for their labor and leadership and will help cover costs of travel, art supplies, snacks, and other basic operating expenses. (If you are already a monthly donor, thank you! We could not do this work without your loyal grassroots support; you are our first Solidarity Members and we hope you will share this call to action with your communities!) Any questions about Solidarity Membership can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is our goal: in honor of 50 years since the first brick was thrown at Stonewall, we want 50 new Solidarity Members to join our ranks by June 28 2019, the anniversary of the uprising.
Join the movement today and share with your communities!
Together, we will continue the fight for queer and trans liberation in honor of the visionaries who began the rebellion 50 years ago. We’ll see you in the streets and at our Pride month events.