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Global Pride amplifies Black voices during 24-hour virtual event

Laverne Cox, Alicia Garza among participants



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Laverne Cox (Photo courtesy Netflix)

Celebrities, politicians and activists on Saturday united with Global Pride 2020, a 24-hour virtual event created in light of widespread cancellations of Pride events and festivals due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event celebrated LGBTQ progress thus far and drew attention to the violence and oppression that Black LGBTQ and transgender individuals endure around the world. Global Pride organizers also collaborated with the founders of Black Lives Matter to amplify Black LGBTQ voices.

Musical acts, dance routines and speeches by drag queens, LGBTQ artists and allies filled the 24-hour special, as well as history lessons on past Pride festivals around the world and the foundations of the LGBTQ rights movement. Testimonials, performances and speeches were submitted by individuals and organizations from 91 countries, with 1,500 entries in total.

Laverne Cox, Olivia Newton-John, Kesha, Adam Lambert, Pabllo Vittar, Deborah Cox, Pussy Riot, the Village People and Ahmed Umar and many other celebrities were featured at the event as performers, speakers and educators. Todrick Hall, an LGBTQ singer, songwriter, producer and YouTube star hosted the event.

“For many of us in the world, Pride is the only time we can visible,” said Hall. “Its the only time we can celebrate as one big glorious LGBTQIA+ family. For all of you, this is your Pride, this is your moment.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Luxembourgish Prime Minister Xavier Bettel were some of the event’s featured politicians and global leaders.

Many headliners referenced worldwide protests against the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other victims of police brutality in the U.S. This event took place about month after Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died in police custody when a then-Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Alicia Garza, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, said “it is more important than ever to fight for all Black lives.” Although there have been countless protests and marches, there is still work to be done, she said.

“We don’t want Black lives to only matter when we die,” added Garza. “We want Black lives to matter when we are alive. Black trans lives matter now, not just when Black trans people are murdered”

Many global leaders acknowledged these sentiments: That Pride should act as a platform to continue the fight against systemic oppression and racism, in addition to being a time of celebration.

“This year’s Pride looks different than the Prides of yesteryear,” said Cox. “Let’s not forget the main reason we commemorate Pride. We fight oppression, violence and discrimination … We stand united on a global stage. We make space to advocate, educate and celebrate.”

Biden said this event is a chance to “return to the true roots of Pride.”

“The fight for LGBTQ equality is all our fight,” he said. “We have a responsibility to create a world where who you are or who you love is celebrated, not denigrated. Embraced, not delegitimized.”

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke on how Pride began as a protest for silenced voices to be heard. Whitmer added at least 172 trans and gender non-conforming individuals have been killed in the U.S. since 2013, with 73 percent of them Black.  

Pelosi added Black trans women disproportionately endure higher rates of homelessness, violence and murder.     

“It is an annual reminder of the struggle and violence that the LGBTQ+ community has endured for years,” Whitmer said. “That struggle is undoubtedly, disproportionately impacted Black and Brown people in the LGBTQ+ community.”

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.), the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Kansas, also noted how the “fight for equality is far from over,” with many LGBTQ individuals of color and Black trans women still being subject to violence on a daily basis.

Bettel, who is Luxembourg’s first openly gay prime minister, spoke on the need to eradicate hate speech against LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities. Bettel in September 2019 spoke about LGBTQ- specific issues at a U.N. General Assembly, the first person to do so.

“We cannot accept that being a member of a community means to be condemned,” Bettel said.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in his Global Pride video noted he signed the Virginia Values Act, which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to his state’s nondiscrimination law. The law takes effect on July 1.

“This victory shows the world that with grit, determination, heart and purpose, we can achieve the civil rights that LGBTQ people need and deserve,” Northam said.

Global Pride headliners and organizers encouraged users to donate to the COVID-19 Pride Relief Fund, which will be used to provide immediate relief to Pride organizations in financial distress due to the coronavirus, assist global Pride organizations with specific work that addresses inequities and systemic oppression, and help fund Pride events in underserved regions. Global Pride also provided resources and tips for watching the program safely for those who face dangers of entrapment or discrimination based on their identities, like using ad blocker software and private browsing tools.

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Anti-LGBTQ religious extremist celebrates death at Wilton Manors Pride

Mehta points out this type of rhetoric is quite likely to inspire violence against the LGBTQ community by one of Shelley’s followers



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HURST, Tx. – The pastor of a fundamentalist Baptist Church in this suburban Fort Worth, Texas city took to his pulpit to celebrate the death of an attendee at the Wilton Manors, Florida Pride parade this past weekend.

Pastor Jonathan Shelley, whose church is affiliated with infamous “death to gays” Pastor Steven Anderson in Phoenix, Arizona is quoted by Patheos writer and progressive blogger Hemant Mehta saying; […]”I hope they all die! I would love it if every fag would die right now.” […]

Mehta, who runs the heavily trafficked The Friendly Atheist, also noted that Shelley told his congregants; “And, you know, it’s great when trucks accidentally go through those, you know, parades. I think only one person died. So hopefully we can hope for more in the future.”

Mehta noted that the video of Shelley’s hate-filled remarks on this and other anti-LGBTQ vitriol is still accessible on Shelley’s YouTube Channel. He also points out this type of rhetoric is quite likely to inspire violence against the LGBTQ community by one of Shelley’s followers.

The Blade has reached out to YouTube Tuesday for comment but has yet to receive a response.

Editor’s note; The language used in the video in the embedded tweet below is uncensored hate speech:

In a related update from the Daily Beast, Fred Johnson Jr., who was named by Wilton Manors police as the driver of the vehicle that veered out of control killing one person and injuring two others at Saturday’s Stonewall Pride Parade has offered his “sincere regrets to all those who were impacted by this tragic event.”

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California’s LGBTQ Pride week 2021, Capitol Lighting

The building will be illuminated for the week, marking just the second time in California’s history that Pride colors have donned the dome



California Capitol Building illuminated for Pride 2021 (Photo by Nune Garipian 2021)

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus and partner organizations held a press event and lighting ceremony, Monday, June 21, for the illumination of the California State Capitol Dome in rainbow colors to kick off a weeklong recognition of Pride Month.

The building will remain illuminated for the entire week, marking just the second time in California’s history that Pride colors have donned the dome. The first lighting occurred after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage equality.

The ceremony is part of a citywide initiative to put light installations at additional Sacramento landmarks, including City Hall, Sutter’s Fort, and the Museum of Science and Curiosity. The lighting initiative is the brainchild of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and the first of its kind for the region.

Speakers and participants included Assemblymember Evan Low, Chair of the CA Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, Senator Scott Wiener, former Chair of the CA Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman, Vice Chair of the CA Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, California’s Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, Senator John Laird, Alexis Sanchez, Director of Advocacy for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, Tony Hoang, Executive Director-designate for Equality California, Tami Martin, External Affairs Director for the Capitol LGBTQ Association and Legislative LGBTQ Caucus members and community stakeholders.

Editor’s note: The Los Angeles Blade thanks the efforts of the event’s photographer, Nune Garipian, who is responsible for covering the event on behalf of the Blade. All photographs are [Copyright Garipian 2021] and are used by permission.

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FUVADIS y Red Somos en Colombia apoyarán en el prerregistro virtual del ETPV a migrantes trans y LGBTQ

Grupos trabajan en Bogotá y Barranquilla



(Captura de pantalla) es el medio socio del Los Angeles Blade en Colombia. Este anuncio salió en su portal el 18 de junio.

BOGOTÁ — En conjunto a la corporación Red Somos, en Bogotá, la fundación FUVADIS en Barranquilla abrió un registro virtual mediante el cual las personas venezolanas con experiencia de vida trans podrán inscribirse desde cualquier parte de Colombia, para recibir asistencia con el acceso efectivo al Estatuto Temporal de Protección con su nombre y género que se identifiquen, de acuerdo con el título V, artículo 36 de la resolución 0971 del ETPV.

Ambas organizaciones brindarán a esta población el registro asistido del RUMV, acompañamiento jurídico en la constitución de una escritura pública donde manifieste su deseo a tener el nombre y género con el que se identifica y orientación a sus rutas de atención.

Así lo explica Luis Meneses, presidente y representante legal de Fuvadis, quien colocó a disposición el link con el formulario donde las personas interesadas desde cualquier parte del país podrán dejar sus datos para acceder a este proceso de forma gratuita.

Asimismo, la corporación Red Somos ya ha venido adelantando este proceso de acompañamiento para el prerregistro virtual desde el pasado mes de mayo, con el que han asesorado a más de 300 personas en las ciudades de Bogotá y Soacha, afirmó el director ejecutivo de la organización, José Guillén.

Las personas LGBTI que deseen ser apoyadas en la capital colombiana pueden agendarse a través del ciber educador (+57) 3004105915.

Población migrante general

Por otra parte, FUVADIS estará brindando atención y orientación a población general en la fase 1 del Registro Único de Migrantes Venezolanos (RUMV), específicamente en el proceso del prerregistro virtual asistido a partir de julio

El propósito es poder asistir a la ciudadanía venezolana que viva en Barranquilla y su área metropolitana, que aún no haya podido realizar o completar este primer paso para avanzar hacia la solicitud de su Permiso por Protección Temporal que otorgará el gobierno colombiano con vigencia de 10 años.

Luis Meneses destacó que esperan brindar asistencia y orientación a una gran cantidad de migrantes, a través de un equipo voluntario especializado.

Las jornadas para el prerregistro asistido estarán apoyadas por organizaciones de cooperación internacional como la Agencia de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR) la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (FUPAD), el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (UNICEF), y la Gerencia de Fronteras de la Presidencia de la República de Colombia.

Se habilitarán líneas de atención telefónica y la página web de la fundación para que las personas puedan agendar su cita, cuidando así los aforos permitidos y guardando las medidas de bioseguridad.


La fundación de atención inclusiva, social y humana, FUVADIS, es una de las cuatro organizaciones de la sociedad civil en Barranquilla que trabaja para población proveniente de Venezuela. Es una organización sin ánimo de lucro, con carácter social y de promoción de los derechos humanos que nace el 15 de agosto de 2018 e inicia su proceso de constitución legal en Colombia, teniendo su personería jurídica ante la Cámara de Comercio de Barranquilla el 1 de noviembre del 2019.

FUVADIS contribuye a la atención integral de la población refugiada y migrante venezolana, colombiana retornada, con énfasis en la población LGBTI, personas diagnosticadas con VIH, niños, niñas y adolescentes, gestantes y lactantes, hombres y mujeres que ejercen el trabajo sexual por supervivencia; a través de la ruta de atención establecida bajo la normativa del gobierno colombiano, así mismo acompañamiento psicosocial, participación en jornadas de salud, articulación a rutas de atención, entre otras.

Sus líneas de contacto en Barranquilla son 3006605350 y 035-3323062. Y sus redes sociales @fuvadisddhh en Twitter, @fuvadisinternacional en Facebook, Instagram  y YouTube.


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