"My heart goes out to those who were taken from us too soon and to their families, loved ones, and communities who are left to grieve. In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope. Hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves." - @ladygaga via @facebook and @cnn • The Ally Coalition family expresses great condolences to the lives of all those effected by these heinous acts. The #ElPaso, #Dayton and #Gilroy shootings are a grim reminder of the critically increasing and more terrifying nature of #gun #violence and #terrorism in the US. Our #solidarity as a #community, seen in how our artists and culture come together, is our beacon of hope! Facing #accountability as a nation and actively taking steps to ensure gun safety laws is our only option. For everyone, especially the 🏳️🌈 community, we need to do better! Learning from and supporting organizations like @everytown is a step in the right direction!
We're celebrating Queer Intentions, Amelia Abraham's new book! It unearths the cultural magnitude of the LGBTQ experience through a personal narrative. "Queer Intentions finds Abraham travelling to eight countries to survey a swath of our modern LGBTQ+ world, from a major drag convention in Los Angeles to underground queer clubs in Turkey to a slew of European Pride parades." Her self-reflective novel comes from confusion, stating "I felt so ambivalent about the various forms of progress I was seeing in terms of LGBTQ+ rights and visibility over the past five or so years; marriage equality, the popularization of drag, the corporatization of Pride, the sudden appearance of queer people on TV and in ad campaigns. On an intellectual level I was thinking, “at what cost does all this mainstreaming come to the cultures we have forged for ourselves — underground, subcultural, radical, community based, sexy…?” But on a personal level, and a privileged one, I was also thinking, “what do I want to do with all the rights I am now afforded as an LGBTQ+ person? Check it out via @them Magazine 📸: Courtesy of Amelia Abraham
Our partners at a @SafePlaceForYouth are doing amazing work helping end the homeless youth epidemic in Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority 2017 Youth Count report, there are approximately 5,979 homeless youth on the streets of LA County on any given night. Through street outreach, low barrier drop-in services, health and wellness programming, case management and education and employment services, they provide critical resources and empower young people to take control of their lives, supported by trauma-informed care, harm reduction, and positive youth development strategies in a safe, non-judgmental environment! Give them a shout out and support their healing community work on their platforms! 📸: @safeplaceforyouth
Poland's LGBT community is under attack! Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice party, calls the LGBT community a "threat to Polish identity, to our nation." His party colleague Elżbieta Kruk even said: "I think that Poland will be a region free from LGBT." But Poland is everyone's home! We will not back down and let politicians scapegoat the LGBT community by turning us into a fake "public enemy." Over the last few weeks: 1) around 30 Polish municipalities have declared themselves "LGBT-free zones"; 2) a newspaper distributed stickers with the same inflammatory slogan and a crossed-out Pride flag; 3) participants at a Pride march in the city of Białystok were attacked with stones and bottles by nationalist hooligans and far-right groups; 4) now, anti-LGBT+ groups are calling on Facebook to block another Pride march in the city of Płock this coming Saturday. Show your solidarity with Polish LGBT+ people by signing the @weareallout petition, on FB and Twitter or swipe up on our story today!
" As more people, like Taylor, are coming out as neither exclusively male nor female, they are fighting for recognition not just legally, but also socially — and research shows this can be especially challenging in the dating world. Not having a non-binary gender option on the drop-down menu “didn’t allow me to be upfront,” he said. “I was going to lose either way.” " Check it out via @nbcout 📸: Alexander August
This #TACxHistoryMonday, take at look at "The mysterious wedding photos of a gay couple were first printed in 1957 in a drug store in Philadelphia. Black and white images of this intimate wedding ceremony, held more than half a century ago, recently resurfaced online. The photos have piqued the interest of LGBTQ history buffs and those who want to find the couple, so the men can finally, six decades later, receive their wedding pictures."" The journey these images took and continue to take illustrate the history of violence, suppression and hate upon the LGBTQ community. The reality of LGBTQ space, that of constant invasion, illuminates the love and community present in queer spaces. The ability to facilitate culture and thrive illustrates the queer experience of the past while giving back the voices and histories of those unheard. Check out the full story on @abcnews
The U.S Women's National Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe ( @mrapinoe), who just won the World Cup, scores a book deal! "Rapinoe's activism dates back much earlier than this summer, when she became a household name across the country. In 2016, she took a knee to support former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's ( @kaepernick7) protest of racial injustice. And as an out lesbian, she has used her platform to pave the way for others to embrace themselves. This year, the LGBTQ advocate became the first openly gay woman to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue since the magazine's debut in 1964." Talk about a woman who knows "it’s so much more than soccer" Check out the @nbcout article here: http://ow.ly/nBS950vf7Y7 📸: Richard Heathcote / Getty Images
The upcoming season of @BachelorinParadise with Demi Burnett will include a same-sex romance, a first for the ABC dating show franchise! Though she isn't the first openly queer contestant, his is the first time the show has shown a same-sex love interest on screen. "Spoiler alert: I’m a queer queen," she wrote with the hashtag #BachelorInParadise. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2019/07/23/bachelor-franchise-feature-same-sex-romance-demi-burnett-comes-out/1802530001/ 📸: USA Today
We'd like to highlight our partners at The Persad Center! The Persad Center is a human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of #LGBTQ communities, and #HIV / #AIDS communities. #LGBTQ people are at a higher rate of #suicide, #depression, substance abuse, HIV amongst other STDs, #homelessness, and being the victims of violence. The Persad Center serves to provide awareness and accessibility to resources, training and advocacy as well as counseling. They serve across western Pennsylvania, with service centers in Pittsburgh and Washington, PA. Check our their website here: https://persadcenter.org/ 📸Persad Center
This #tbt we're going #Grammy Gold as we look back on our Empowered: LGBTQ+ Voices in Music Panel! In partnership with @recordingacademy, @GLAAD and @OUTMagazine, we gathered some phenomenally talented artists! Thank you to the Recording Academy Editor In Chief, Digital Content & Strategy Justin Joseph and Out Magazine's Entertainment and Culture Editor Tre’vell Anderson for moderating! Thank you to our featured seven musicians and panelists: @VINCINT, @iamsheadiamond, @reallindaperry, DJ Young1, @iamasiahn, @BrandonStansell and @DanReynolds (lead singer of @ImagineDragons)! 📸Courtesy of the Recording Academy™️/photo by Josh Blanchard, Getty Images ©️ 2019
The Ally Coalition has a unique mission tying music advocacy to support LGBTQ youth, so we’re always thrilled when folks want to support us in this work. This past June, several @etsy shops and small business banded together to raise funds for the youth we support and we could not be more grateful! Thank you for using your small biz platform for good 🌈
This #tbt we’re diving into the recent past of June 2019 by highlighting the Where to Now? panel we hosted in our #FeelThePride space with @microsoft to close off our #stonewall50 events. The evening was nothing short of electric and informative, as @angelicaross, @zeke_thomas, @truedsmith, @madamegandhi, and @katcunning shared their truth and spilled on what it’s like as a queer creator and what they want to see next in the industry as far as inclusion and breaking boundaries. Thank you to @st_vincent for the collaborative soundscape, @glaad for being our action partner, and to @microsoft for the AI. Here’s to the next 50 years! // 📸 by @shane_timm
6 Steps to Supporting the LGBTQ Community as an Ally After Pride Month // "A couple can get married on a Sunday, go to work the next day and be fired, kicked out of a restaurant and refused housing because of who they are,” The @allycoalition’s executive director Jeb Gutelius tells @billboard // Read the full story: Link in bio
Pride is everyday for the TAC team, but we’d be fooling ourselves if we didn’t acknowledge what an incredible #Pride month we had in June. To end the month, we partnered with @bombas on a float dedicated to the 40 percent of lgbtq youth who experience homelessness. For the month of June, Bombas donated 40 percent of all socks sold to these youth across our network of local partners who house, support, and feed this vulnerable group. In the spirit of celebration and solidarity, we gathered on the float with revealers and volunteers to pass out socks along the NYC parade route while dancing to the sounds of activist and DJ @zeke_thomas. 📸 All photos by @shane_timm.
It may be summer break, but #tacxhistorymonday is still in session! At the young age of 22, Texas-born @alvinailey, Jr found himself stepping into the role of artistic director of The Horton Dance Company. While he was gifted in movement, dance was something he hid from his family. By 1958 he could no longer hide, as his talent and activism led him to found his own company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ailey used his choreography to push modern dance forward, telling an inclusive and diverse story on stages across the world with a multicultural cast of brilliant dancers. The moves made famous by Ailey eclectically blended classic steps with African dance over soundtracks of blues, jazz, and other unique musical styles born out of the African-American experience. Ailey passed away in the 80s due to complication from AIDS, but his memory lives on through his still thriving dance school and touring company.
In honor of #sylviarivera and the #stonewall50 anniversary, we are sharing a quote from her speech at the first riot. We will never forget our trans sisters who came before us and fought for the rights we have the privilege to.
THE BOMBASxTHE ALLY COALITION FLOAT IS READY TO GO #worldpride #theallycoalition #NYCPride #bombas #TAC
Join us tonight as we ask “Where to now?” and explore the intersection of Art x Activism x Education in a conversation led by @poseonfx’s @angelicaross and featuring the voices of @zeke_thomas, @truedsmith, @madamegandhi, and @katcunning. 🌈 Tune in live from anywhere at 7pm EST: Livestream link in bio #Pride #worldpride2019
Today, we want to give praise to our partners over at @saclgbtcenter. The Sacramento LGBT Center has an emphasis on providing housing for homeless youth and creating programming that allows them to improve their wellbeing through workshops and leadership opportunities. They have a Youth Drop-In Center for all LGBTQ+-identifying youth between the ages of 13 and 24 that provides support groups, an LGBT library, clothing closet, free HIV testing, free counseling and more. Beyond their focus on supporting the local LGBT youth, their site lists plenty of available resources such as scholarships, volunteer opportunities, and even makes it possible to reserve space at the Center for organizing and group meetings. Be sure to check them out and get involved if possible!
Where to now? End #Pride on a high note of meaningful conversations and powerful questions hosted The @AllyCoalition and @Microsoft. Join us on June 28th for a panel on Activism, Art, and Technology led by @poseonfx’s @angelicaross and featuring the voices of @truedsmith, @katcunning, @zeke_thomas, and @madamegandhi. Doors at 6:30 pm. Panel starts at 7 pm. If you can’t join in person, join the livestream and submit your questions for the panelists in real time. RSVP now: link in bio
This Pride month, we want to remember the igniting force that began the Pride movement back in 1969. Although we often hear it was a queer woman of color who threw the first punch at Stonewall, we seldom hear her name. Her name was Stormé DeLarverie. She was born to a black mother and a white father, and identified as a lesbian. DeLarverie lived at the intersection of heightened awareness of her mixed race and sexual identity, and was an active performer in the drag community at the time. Following her involvement in the Stonewall uprisings, DeLarverie continued to be involved in activism to promote LGBTQ+ rights through patrolling New York bars and fighting back against any intolerance found there, whether driven by racist or homophobic intent. #TACxHistoryMonday
Today, we'd like to shout out our partners over at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. They promote the well-being of LGBTQ+ people in Las Vegas while helping shape narratives of advocacy around the community. Started in 1992 and originally holding meetings in a small conference room, The Center has now grown to house multiple meeting, convention and performance spaces, a library, and even a computer lab. It's known as the Best Full Service Community Center in Southern Nevada, and has plenty of programming devised for youth, seniors, families and more. Be sure to visit if you're in the area or get involved if possible. Their work is incredibly inspiring, and we're so thankful for their service to the community.
This month we’ve partnered with @walkthemoonband on an exclusive Pride tank that benefits the LGBTQ youth we support across the country. And today, we’re teaming up with WTM to give you one of your own! Here’s how to win this awesomely PROUD tank : 🏳️🌈 Follow The @allycoalition on IG 🏳️🌈 Follow @walkthemoonband on IG 🏳️🌈 Comment what your favorite Walk The Moon song below A winner will be chosen at random by 6/24/19 12am PST. Swipe to get a closer look. 🏳️🌈
Today from 10:45 am until 10 pm we invite you to join us and @chipotle in supporting at-risk LGBTQ youth across the country! Just place your order, show this photo at the register, and 33% of the proceeds will go to our network of local partners. Check out the list and find a partner in your area!🌯
Representation matters! Join us on 6/27 at #FeelThePride in Soho for an evening with @matthew.riemer and @brown.leighton, the duo behind @lgbt_history and “We Are Everywhere,” in conversation with author and activist @blairimani. All guests will receive a complimentary signed copy of each book. RSVP now: link in bio 🏳️🌈
Thank you to everyone who joined TAC for the opening night of #FeelThePride. The installation is open daily until June 30. Drop in, share what Pride means to you, and watch the space bring it to life with @microsoft AI and a soundscape by @st_vincent. 📸: @shane_timm
It's #TACxHistoryMonday! Nancy Cárdenas was a Mexican playwright, poet and director. She was the first publicly known lesbian in Mexico at the time of her coming out on national television in 1973. She wrote both plays and poetry that included themes about gay and lesbian identities, and worked in activism even beyond her writing. She founded the first gay organization in Mexico, the Mexican Homosexual Liberation Front, fronted the first gay pride march in Mexico and held many conferences and interviews to raise awareness of the subject.
Starting tomorrow, step into an immersive and responsive light and sound experience that tells your #pride story. Begin your #FeelThePride journey by sharing what #pride means to you with our hashtag—then watch it come to life in real-time with a soundscape scored by @st_vincent and amplified together with other proud voices. End the experience by taking action through education or volunteering with our exhibit partner, @glaad. Open daily from June 15 until June 30 from 11-8. Link in bio to learn more.
Today we're shining the spotlight on our new partners over at @southernequality. Campaign for Southern Equality works to create an atmosphere of LGBTQ equality in the South in both legal and social terms. Their Legal Equality Project works to tackle matters in the legal realm by promoting inclusive policies through litigation, organizing, voter registration and more. Their Community Health Program helps provide LGBTQ-friendly health care across the South, especially in areas where it may not be so readily accessible. They even have a fund called the Southern Equality Fund that provides funding for groups and individual leaders creating landmark changes in smaller hometowns that may not have access to support. This helps promote the process of activism and grassroots leadership to achieve equality in all areas, not just metropolitan areas. We're so thankful to get to partner with such an amazing organization providing aid to people across the South. Not only go follow them, but see how you can get involved!
We're excited to feature the @ctr4blackequity today. They are a DC-based organization that focuses on activism to achieve equality and justice for the black LGBT community. They do this through creating platforms to emphasize the significance of achieving Health Equity, Economic Equity and Social Equity for people of intersectional backgrounds, and they work to educate the general public about the unique struggles associated with intersectionality. They have a center based in Baltimore that provides programming to uplift the black LGBTQ+ community there through community engagement, education, personal development and coalition-building. Beyond that, they also put on the DC Black Pride and Philadelphia Black Gay Pride. Check out their website to learn more about what you can do to support intersectional equity.
Did yesterday's new OITNB video make anyone else remember the brilliance of its theme song? #TBT to our 5th Annual Talent Show at NYC's Town Hall with the supremely talented @reginaspektor
“Hope will never be silent.” #HarveyMilkDay
You may have heard her referred to as the "Mother of the LGBTQ Ally Movement." Jeanne Manford, a school teacher and mom, marched with her son in NYC's Pride March back in 1972 with a sign that read "Parents of Gays: Unite in Support for Our Children.” She became known as the first mom to openly support her gay son. Then, in 1973, she founded Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or @PFLAG, which started with 20 people and now hosts 200,000 members nationwide. She laid the blueprint for Allyship, and we're so incredibly thankful for her willingness to take a stand where others wouldn't.
The #EqualityAct passing in Congress marks a new day of LGBTQ rights and protections 🏳️🌈✨ We can’t think of better news than this to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Civil Rights are for all! #idahotb2019 #idahotb
Today, we want to give a shout out to the awesome team over at @MBLGTACC. The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference brings together LGBT-identifying college students across the Midwest to create a space that encourages connection, collaboration and empowerment for people that may not otherwise see themselves as widely represented in their college campuses. The conference's goal is to help inspire others by presenting stories from keynote speakers and hosting educational workshops.The 28th annual MBLGTACC will be on Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16, 2020 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mark your calendars and reach out now to see how you can get involved.
Our friends over at @active_minds are helping create change around the mental health conversation on college campuses. Since the original organization was founded at University of Pennsylvania in 2001, it has grown to 450 chapters across the country who are all seeking to end the stigma surrounding mental health through organizing campus events to increase awareness of suicide prevention, promoting counseling services and holding fundraising events. Be sure to check them out to learn more! We're excited to see them in action at the upcoming @losteveningsfest III!
We’re major admirers of the @lgbt_history account and are thrilled over the news that their new book “We Are Everywhere” is now available. In celebration and solidarity, were giving away five copies of this amazing visual account of Queer Liberation. To enter to win, follow these 2 steps: 1) Tag a friend below and tell us your favorite lgbtq history hero or moment 2) Follow @allycoalition and @lgbt_history US residents only. Contest closes 5/16/19 at 12 am PST. . Book is valued at $40. Photo credits below 📷
#TBT to 2015's Uncivil Union comedy show with W. Kamau Bell and Rachel Dratch. We had the most awesome audience of allies present to celebrate pride and help end discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in DC.
With @frankturner’s upcoming Boston @losteveningsfest sold out, we’re excited to announce Last Minutes! Four fun days of bonus programming featuring panels, workshops, open mics, and a special tattoo event benefiting TAC’s work with LGBTQ youth. Link in bio.
What are you doing for summer vacation? Why not spend it being an ally to LGBTQ youth while also learning about music advocacy! Apply now to be a TAC summer intern. Link in bio for full details and application deadline.
We can't talk about advocacy without mentionaing the modern-day legend that is @dansavage . In 2010 Dan and his husband Terry Miller founded the @itgetsbetter project to help prevent the suicide of LGBTQ youth. While this initiative is what Savage is most known for today, he first rose to prominence through his column Savage Love where he dished out inclusive sex and love advice. Dan continues to work restlessly in advocating for legislation to help benefit LGBTQ folx of all ages, as well as encouraging his readers and listeners to become involved with making the world a better, more inclusive place. #tacxhistorymonday
Today, for our partner spotlight, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of @oasiscenternashville. Oasis has served the youth of Nashville by providing them a second home and safe space. They do this through focusing on engagement, crisis, family, advocacy, social justice, college and career mentorship and much more. This has always been important for the LGBTQ youth of Tennessee, but now it's critical—as bills have advanced in the Tennessee state house panel that could legalize discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. These bills range from prohibiting transgender individual to use the public appropriate restrooms to placing restrictions on child adoption by same-sex couples. These are tactics in which lawmakers are looking to limit the lives and liberties of LGBTQ+ individuals in Tennessee, and the Oasis Center is one of the allies supporting the youth who could be most impacted. If you have ever dropped in to Oasis for support or volunteered with them, check the link in our bio to share your memories and stories with them. 50 years is a milestone and it's important not only to reflect on the past, but to hold vision for the next 50 years of an inclusive Tennessee.
Talented rockers @lovelytheband have kicked off their Finding it Hard to Smile tour and we couldn’t be more excited to share that were hitting the road with them and @oxfamamerica! At each show there’ll be a new lgbtq organization on hand for you to engage with and learn how to support after the show. Make sure to arrive a little early so you can say hi to these amazing organizations working locally to support lgbtq youth. Tickets in bio 💋
A man of protest, Gilbert Baker was an artist in every sense of the word—he just happened to put activism at the forefront of his designs. In 1978 he created the version of the rainbow flag that's come to represent the modern LGBTQIA+ movement. He created it at the request of colleague Harvey Milk. Up until he created the iconic rainbow flag, the symbol used to represent the LGBTQ community had been the pink triangle used during World War II to identify queer folx in concentration camps in Nazi Germany. By creating the rainbow flag, Baker helped form a stronger coalition united by a symbol that stood not for oppression, but for liberation. #TACxHistoryMonday