Celebrating Pride Month with Point Of Pride – A Nonprofit Empowering the LGBTQ+ Community Through Health Facilities
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) takes place in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and to promote equal justice and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. Patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City organized an uprising in June 1969 to protest the widespread police harassment and persecution of LGBTQ+ Americans. This rebellion started a campaign to repeal discriminatory laws and policies against LGBT people in the United States.
Pride parades, picnics, parties, conferences, symposia, and concerts are among the events held during LGBT Pride Month, which draws millions of people from all over the world. During this month, memorials are organized for community members who have died as a result of hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The commemoration month’s goal is to honor the impact that LGBTQ+ people have had on history on a local, national, and worldwide level.
In our conversation with Jeff Main, secretary, and co-founder of Point of Pride, we learned many undiscovered facts regarding the transgender and broader LGBTQ+ community. Point of Pride provides powerful affirmation for the people they serve. Their equity-based processes seek to address the failures of disparate levels of privilege and access. With so many narratives and stories around trans hardship, they work to foster trans joy instead.
In your opinion, why is there a need to celebrate Pride Month?
Jeff Main: In the United States, lawmakers all over the country have introduced many pieces of anti-transgender legislation. In fact, there’s more legislation that’s been proposed in the last 1-2 years than the previous ten years combined. At present, 35 states have either proposed or already passed anti-trans legislation. For me, celebrating pride month feels necessary to carve out a space where we can focus on the joy, love, and support that we see every day within our community. Pride month is a time to celebrate our diversity and the LGBTQ+ community’s resilience because these qualities have allowed us to thrive in challenging times.
How does your organization help the LGBTQ+ community?
Jeff Main: Trans youth and adults face unique challenges and discrimination and cannot afford or access their health care needs. We provide direct financial assistance to trans folks who can’t otherwise obtain necessary health care. We’ve actually raised over half a million dollars for financial aid and then used that for gender-affirming surgery, permanent hair removal services, and access to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). These types of healthcare all empower trans folks to be able to live their lives more safely and authentically. Our organization has also donated over 13,000 chest binders and femme shapewear garments to trans youth and adults in all 50 states and around the world. We’ve served trans and non-binary people in 90 countries.
How can people help Point of Pride?
Jeff Main: People can help in significant ways. One way is through writing letters to trans people who need support: Folks can learn more and get involved here. It’s an excellent personal way that you can have a profound impact on a person, and all it takes is some time, effort, and creativity. You can also support us through monetary donations. Point of Pride is completely volunteer-operated, and more than 95 cents of every dollar we receive as a donation goes straight into the programs and services we run.
Many national advocates and other groups are paying more attention to LGBTQ youth in their work, and federal and local policies and practices are increasingly acknowledging and focusing on them. Communities, schools, and other settings will become safer and better places for all youth by encouraging greater acceptance and support, including those who are or are believed to be LGBTQ. Come, and celebrate the extraordinary diversity with us. Gain access to the world of corporate volunteers. Get in touch with our team and share your Impact Story on our platform.