June 7, 2023 In the News

Pride and LGBTQIA+ Solidarity

When we think of pride, we think of confetti. We think of smiles from ear to ear. We think of the strength of the many stilettoes which carried countless trans women of color across our history to ensure our right to love and live in the bodies we’ve always dreamed of. This is what we think when we think of pride and June.

Queer Rights Today

In recent years, hate groups targeting the LGBTQIA+ community have multiplied, 556 pieces of anti-trans legislation have been introduced in 49 states this year alone, and there’s been a growing effort to erase queer history, education, and rhetoric from schools and institutions throughout our nation.

Amidst this backdrop, the LGBTQIA+ community continues to face an alarming level of violence, particularly in the form of gun-related incidents. A study released by HRC demonstrates the magnitude that violent acts have on the transgender community, especially against Black and Latinx women.

The impact of gun violence extends beyond hate crimes. It encompasses mass shootings and other acts of aggression specifically targeting the LGBTQIA+ community. Tragic incidents like the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016 and the attack at Club Q just last year perpetuate the truth that we are not safe. That our community is actively under attack. Some of our most vulnerable spaces have been permanently stained by gun violence and it is unacceptable.

LGBTQIA+ Solidarity

Despite recent movements to push out and silence the queer community, the Alliance supports, celebrates, and stands with the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole. We are raising awareness about the disproportionate impact of firearms violence on this community and actively ensuring legislation is passed to limit it here in the Pacific North West. We have called upon lawmakers to take meaningful action and have made considerable strides in protecting our most vulnerable communities. BUT, the fight isn’t over yet. We will continue to endorse our legislative champions, offer community support, and show up for those in need so long as violence continues to occur.

We believe in the safety of all. We believe in love.

If you or someone you know is in need of resources, we urge you to connect with one of these incredible national partners:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 Press 1 for the Veterans Helpline.

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860 (United States) / 1-877-330-6366 (Canada)

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988

— The Alliance Team