In 2011, BRO’s Racial Justice Program volunteers started engaging community leaders to take a public stance in support of LGBT families of color in Oregon through ‘Come Out For Our Families.’ In just three years ‘Come Out For Our Families’ has more than tripled!
‘Come Out For Our Families’ is a series of ads published in local ethnic media throughout the state on National Coming Out Day. They feature straight leaders of color and organizations that work in communities of color – publicly supporting that communities are strongest when all families – extended families, multi-generational families, single-parent families and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families – have the resources, respect, and love they need to thrive. In just three years, over 140 leaders and organizations have signed on.
“In order to grow, and support a healthy and tolerant community, the Eugene/Springfield branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recognizes the need to advocate and support strong and unified LGBT families of color. Through unity comes strength.” –Eric Richardson, President NAACP Eugene/Springfield
There have been tremendous shifts in attitudes and perceptions towards LGBT families. Over 140 leaders have come out to share that they and the organizations they lead, fully support LGBT families of color. The ads will be released in the October publications of the Asian Reporter, Confederated Umatilla Journal, El Hispanic News, The Portland Observer, PQ Monthly, and The Skanner. Look for these ads to share widely and to raise awareness and build acceptance for all families.
This work is led by Our Families the Racial Justice program’s education and advocacy volunteer team who works to raise the visibility, experiences and public support of LGBT families of color within predominately straight communities of color, and within racial justice and LGBT movements.
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Please check out these local events recognizing National Coming Out Day: