June is nationally recognized as Pride Month, a celebration of and dedication to the necessary and ongoing work to achieve equal justice, rights, and opportunity for the LGBTQIA+ community. In Washington, Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Asexual, Aromantic, Queer, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary, and Intersex Pride Month, encouraging Washingtonians from across the state to root out discrimination and promote equal protection under the law.
This recognition and support is as important as it has ever been, particularly in light of the record-breaking number of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced by state legislatures across the United States this year.
June is a celebratory month, but advocacy and allyship efforts are essential year-round to promote diversity, inclusion, and support of the LGBTQIA+ community. In Pierce County, there are a number of organizations to volunteer with and donate to in furtherance of equal rights and opportunities for the LGBTQIA+ community, including:
Rainbow Center expands resources and safe spaces for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-spirit, and allied (LGBTQ2SA) community in the South Puget Sound. The organization also works to advance civil rights, expand inclusive and affirming policies and legislation, and end discrimination.
Oasis Youth Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe place for LGBTQ and questioning youth in Pierce County to learn, connect, and thrive.
PFLAG Tacoma is the local chapter of PFLAG, a national organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for the LGBTQ community and their families.