As the rainbow flags are raised, the parades and special events return, and the world celebrates #Pride2021, we are reminded how much there still is to do to ensure that our region is a place that is safe, welcoming, and equitable for ALL people, including our LGBTQIA+ community.
Recognizing that the best way to move forward together is by honoring the inherent value of diverse experiences, we are committed to working through the process on our individual and collective learning journeys and inviting our friends and colleagues to do the same through the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Program, Catalysts for Change Leadership Program, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action (IDEA) Resource Hub, and 21 Day Equity Challenge.
We look forward to continuing to cultivate, nurture and grow these important relationships as we work together to promote diversity, equity and inclusion through our actions.
In honor of #Pride2021 we are proud to post this flag, designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018. This flag is meant to promote inclusion and spread awareness of communities that have been faced with stigma and oppression. The flag adds new stripes to highlight LGBTQIA+ people of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, and those people living with or lost to HIV/AIDS.
Thank you to our local organizations for providing essential services to the LGBTQIA+ community: Alliance for Positive Health, GLSEN – Upstate New York, In Our Own Voices, Pride Center of the Capital Region, the Albany Damien Center, Rainbow Access Initiative, INC and Safe Haven LGBTQ Inc.