Image: Quote credited to Marsha P. Johnson: "No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us."
We condemn the violent response to Black communities' expressions of grief over continued police brutality and other forms of systemic violence that have undermined their freedom for the duration of this country's existence. We affirm that Black Lives Matter, Black Trans Lives Matter, and that without Black Trans activism against white supremacy and police brutality around the country, we would not have an LGBTQ Pride Month to celebrate this June. Without Black-led activism and protest all over the country and here in North Carolina, we would not have many of the freedoms we now enjoy.
The lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Modesto Reyes, those before them, and those whose names we do not yet know, matter.
We cannot have equity for LGBTQIA+ communities without working to end police violence and anti-Black oppression. This Pride Month, we are sharing resources and events to help you understand, divest from, and oppose white supremacy and police brutality. We will also share resources and events to celebrate and learn more deeply about the common origins of the Black and LGBTQ civil rights movements in the United States.