Pride 2020: We Remember, We Honor and We Celebrate.
Members and Supporters
Six months ago…I thought I would be starting off our June newsletter celebrating Pride and highlighting what was to be our first Pride in Business Luncheon and biggest Chamber fundraiser of the year to celebrate the LGBTQ+ Business Community during Pride month. Two months ago, that changed with COVID.
One month ago…I thought I would be starting off our June newsletter celebrating Pride and acknowledging a very different Pride month for the LGBTQ community in light of COVID. Three weeks ago…that changed.
Two weeks ago…I worked with our board to pen our statement on the death of George Floyd to condemn the loss of his life others who have lost their lives to senseless violence that are repeatedly directed at the African American community, all communities of color and LGBTQ people. Enough is Enough . Read the Board’s full statement here .
We highlight the expanded rainbow flag above that recognizes inclusivity by including transgender representation and black and brown people of color representation. So, while we are celebrating a radically different Pride month this year, we hearken back to Stonewall Uprising, where a riot ensued over a half-century ago, and remember the courage and bravery of those individuals whose protests created the catalyst for the modern-day LGBTQ liberation movement.
And, last but not least, during PRIDE month, we reflect on the 49 lives lost in the Orlando PULSE nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016 exactly four years ago today. Our thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones during that tragic day and the 53 people who were wounded in this senseless act of hatred and violence against the LGBTQ community. #OrlandoStrong
With everything going on in our world, connection is important now more than ever. Check out the list of upcoming events including those with other LGBTQ Chambers across Texas to connect with members and supporters. Join us for an upcoming event…whether member or guest…we welcome you.
We remember, we honor and we celebrate.
Co-Founder and President & CEO