Centering Racial Justice in LGBTQ Equality
Since the Stonewall Riots, LGBTQ people of color have played leadership roles in the fight for LGBTQ equality, yet few LGBTQ-focused organizations centered the leadership of queer and transgender people of color. Basic Rights learned that by not having an authentic racial justice program, our opposition could divide LGBTQ communities and communities of color, further marginalizing those most impacted by racism and homophobia–LGBTQ people of color. For more information, visit our Resources page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In 2007, Basic Rights decided to tackle this issue head on by centering racial justice as a core program within the organization.
- In 2008 & 2014, Basic Rights took a public stance and played a behind-the-scenes role in mobilizing Oregonians to defeat anti-immigrant ballot measures.
- In 2010, Basic Rights launched Our Families, a leadership development program by and for LGBTQ and allied people of color. Our Families launched an eponymous public education campaign, including four videos featuring LGBT families of color, which have since received more than 25,000 views.
- In 2010, Basic Rights Oregon and Western States Center released the first edition of Standing Together: An Anti-Racist Organizational Development Toolkit for LGBT Equality Groups and Activists.
- In 2013, Our Families focused on building support for LGBTQ families of color through public forums and securing endorsements for the freedom to marry from more than 140 straight leaders of color.
- In 2015, the second edition of Coming Out for Racial Justice is released.
- In 2015, Basic Rights Oregon mobilized supporters to help coalition partners pass legislation to removes barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated people and to end profiling in Oregon–issues that disproportionately affect Queer and Transgender people of color.
Basic Rights Oregon’s Racial Justice and Alliance Building program has three main goals:
- Centralize the experiences and leadership of LGBTQ people of color.
- Take action as an organizational ally to do racial justice work.
- Educate Basic Rights Oregon’s base on the intersection(s) of LGBTQ equality and racial justice issues.
Our Power | Poder
Our Power|Poder is a QTPOC leadership development cohort for queer and trans people of color. This is a year-long program with 4 weekend retreats where cohort members will be able to select and develop their own community leadership projects while acquiring the skills necessary to execute them successfully.
Front & Center Call for Artists
Front & Center is our annual showcase of our state’s talented transgender artists of color. This year’s event is on Thursday, August 23rd at 7 pm, and we’re now accepting submissions to be in this year’s performance. The deadline to submit a piece for this year’s performance is Monday, July 24th at midnight, and we’ll be reviewing submissions on a rolling basis. Accepted performers will receive a stipend of $150. You can learn more about the submission process here. Fill out the form on our submission page to be considered for this year’s Front & Center.