Over the month of June, we celebrated Pride here at Substantial. We collected household goods for Out of the Closet, donations for PrideFest, made march-ready t-shirts that extended on our Love is Action campaign, put together safer sex kits, and as is tradition, had a delightful cake to celebrate.
We also took time each week and invited representatives from a variety of organizations come talk to us about what they are doing to support the LGBTQIA community. These organizations are doing great work here in our own city, and we wanted to share them with you.
Seattle PrideFest’s mission is to honor the past, celebrate Pride in the present, and help prepare for the battles our community will have to fight in the future. They raise money for community non-profits and help feature them at the festival in unique ways to enable them to better do the work they do in the community.
Entre Hermanos works to promote the health and well being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.
Since 1995, Gay City has been providing innovative community-driven programming that is frank, bold and reflective of contemporary LGBTQ culture. From HIV testing, to arts programming, to resource referrals, their wellness programs engage the LGBTQ community on multiple levels.
Gender Justice League
GJL’s mission is to empower trans activists and our allies to fight oppression based on gender & sexuality in Washington state and to create a community where trans people can live their lives safely, true to themselves, and free from discrimination.
Seattle Public Library
The Seattle Public Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. The library works to celebrate Seattle’s diversity and strives to ensure that all people feel welcome in the Library. They strive to meet the needs and expectations of every Library patron. The Seattle Public Library actively supports efforts that combat prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. Jared Mills, the library representative, told us about programs like Banned! Books in Drag, Drag Story Time, and the Legendary Children parties and how they fit in with the library’s greater mission.