As the queer community leans in to PRIDE Month, the strengthening global #BlackLivesMatter protests remind us of why we have our rights today. Pride is a time of coming together and reflection, so how can we celebrate, when so much of our community is hurting?
Pride’s timing with these global protests are an opportunity for our community to use our voices, platforms, and privileges to support those that gave us the rights that we have today. We have to remember the strength of Marsha P. Johnson and all of the other queer POC from the Stonewall Riots fifty-one years ago. It is our inherited legacy, and Project Claude chooses to stand with our brothers and sisters to stand-up and speak out.
It is our duty to:
- Amplify the voices of people of colour
- Educate ourselves and others
- Donate to relevant organisations (if you have the means)
- Speak out against racist behaviour
- Support black, indigenous, and POC businesses, work, art, and initiatives
Throughout June, Pride events are changing to address the current protests against police brutality against black, indigenous, and POC communities.
There will be protest across Australia on June 6 that highlights Aboriginal deaths in custody. We implore you to seek out your local rally or protest, making sure you observe social distancing measures where applicable. We have also attached a resource here that details how cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are transforming their Pride celebrations to address the current global protests against systemic racism and police brutality.
Our community has all the tools to be vocal, to show up, to support, to love, and we have to dig-deep. It can be hard, exhausting, or triggering talking about issues of oppression. However, having a voice or a platform is still a privilege. There is no time for complacency as we reflect on those that fought for us. Once more we have to fight back against systemic oppression and police brutality. Project Claude asks you to embrace the strength of our community to lift up those that have been on their knees for too long.
“A revolution has many lanes. Be kind to yourself and others who are travelling in the same direction, but don’t take your foot off of the gas.”