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HAPPY PRIDE MONTH

We’re highlighting organizations that specifically center the Black LGBTQ+ community

LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated every June in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which is considered the turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S. We at Cassandra proudly celebrate Pride and stand with the LGBTQ+ community, and to both honor this month as well as continue to inform readers of crucial social justice initiatives (especially in light of the current Black Lives Matter civic movement), we’re highlighting organizations that are specifically centering the Black LGBTQ+ community. We encourage readers to visit each organization’s links to learn more and follow them for continued updates. In addition, we’ve added direct links for those who are interested in donating to these initiatives.

THE OKRA PROJECT

According to its website, “The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.” The Okra Project pays Black Trans chefs to go into the homes of Black Trans people to cook them a healthy and home-cooked meal “at absolutely no cost to our Black TGNC siblings” via individual donations. What’s more, The Okra Project addresses additional community needs under its #FeedTheSoul body of work: for example, they’ve developed the #ByOkra series, which consists of monthly Affinity and Wellness spaces for Black Trans people. The #ByOkraSeries, inspired by the sculptural installation Black Power Naps, serves to reclaim laziness, idleness, and luxury as power for a community of people whose bodies are traumatized by simply existing in the world today.

Donate to The Okra Project here.

THE MARSHA P. JOHNSON INSTITUTE

According to its website, “The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. We do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power. (...) Marsha P. Johnson was an activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor. She was a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Marsha went by 'Black Marsha' before settling on Marsha P. Johnson. The 'P' stood for 'Pay It No Mind,' which is what Marsha would say in response to questions about her gender. It is the consideration of who 'Black Marsha' was that inspired The Marsha P. Johnson Institute.”

Donate to The MPJI here.

THE AUDRE LORDE PROJECT

According to its website, “the Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.” This Friday, June 19th, the Audre Lorde Project is hosting an evening to remember and honor HIV and AIDS organizers, organizing work, and people living with HIV and AIDs, while building resiliency and connection. This event, called POZitively Resilient, will be held on Zoom on June 19, 2020 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST. (Click to RSVP here).

Donate to the Audre Lorde Project here.