The Center for Nonprofit Advancement celebrates Pride Month 2024 while recognizing the complex landscape of LGBTQ+ rights and representation in today’s world. 

As rainbow flags adorn storefronts and corporate logos, we must remember that Pride began as a protest. While increased visibility is positive, the commercialization of Pride often overshadows the ongoing struggles faced by the LGBTQ+ community. True allyship extends beyond a month of colorful marketing campaigns. 

Activists like Jennicet Gutiérrez continue to fight tirelessly for justice, particularly for often-overlooked groups like LGBTQ+ immigrants. Andrea Jenkins, as the first openly transgender Black woman elected to public office in the U.S., reminds us of the importance of diverse representation in politics and the ongoing work needed to achieve it. 

The intersectional advocacy of individuals such as Blair Imani highlights how LGBTQ+ rights intersect with racial justice and religious freedom. Alok Vaid-Menon’s art challenges us to think beyond binary concepts of gender and sexuality, pushing for a more nuanced understanding of identity. 

We’d like to contribute to the call for sustainable allyship – a year-round commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ rights and individuals. This means: 

  1. Supporting LGBTQ+-owned businesses beyond June 
  1. Advocating for inclusive policies in workplaces and communities 
  1. Amplifying LGBTQ+ voices, especially those from marginalized groups 
  1. Educating ourselves and others about LGBTQ+ history and current issues 
  1. Challenging discriminatory practices and legislation 

As Raquel Willis reminds us, “There is no liberation for some of us without liberation for all of us.” To protect the progress made and continue moving forward, we must commit to ongoing, meaningful action. As this year’s Pride Month comes to an end, let’s celebrate achievements while rededicating ourselves to the work that remains. True pride is found in sustained commitment to equality and justice for all LGBTQ+ individuals, every day of the year. 

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