June 15, 2020

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride

We celebrate today’s major victory in the fight for civil rights for the LGBTQ community. This is an overdue Federal ruling—one that prohibits workplace discrimination against LGBTQ people—and one we support proudly and wholeheartedly.

We also want to take a moment to reflect on the importance of Pride month—especially as Black communities continue to be subjected to injustice and inequality.

Pride month started as a protest, not as a parade.

The first marches were held in June, 1970 to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots—an uprising led by Black and Latinx trans women and the LGBTQ community after police raided the Stonewall Inn. These marches galvanized the community and its allies, paving the way for the LGBTQ rights movement.

Today’s historic ruling shows what can happen when people come together to push for progress and change. And as we celebrate this victory for LGBTQ rights, we maintain committed to helping Black communities as they continue pushing for the equality and justice they deserve.

On behalf of CannonDesign’s Diversity + Inclusion Council, we want to celebrate this year’s Pride month by drawing attention to organizations propelling progress, not just now, but every day—specifically organizations supporting Black LGBTQ individuals.

We encourage you to take some time to get to know these organizations. There is still work to do to overcome injustices and achieve equality—but these organizations (and many more) are helping lead the way.

  • Center for Black Equity – An organization committed to providing information and resources to educate, engage and empower the black LGBTQ community in its fight for equity.
  • National Black Justice Coalition – A civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ people with the mission of ending racism and stigma.
  • The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition – A national organization led by Black trans people to collectively address the inequities faced in the Black transgender human experience.
  • Marsha P. Johnson Institute – An organization protecting and defending the human rights of Black transgender people.
  • LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund – A Black-led organization that posts bail for LGBTQ people held in jail or immigrant detention and raises awareness of the epidemic of LGBTQ overincarceration.
  • Black AIDS Institute – An organization working to end the Black HIV epidemic through policy, advocacy and high-quality direct HIV services.
  • Brave Space Alliance – Black- and trans-led LGBTQ center on the South Side of Chicago dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals.