Fireside at Five presents, Pride 2020: Community

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Facilitator: Johnny Humphrey - Director of Inclusivity Services, The Center on Colfax
Co-Facilitator/Notes: Kai Walsh


  • Introductions: (name, pronouns, what you do, what do you want to get out of this call/what is your WHY?)
  • Discussion Questions:
    • What does the Pride Movement mean to you?
    • What has your experience been finding queer community in your city?
      • Has it been easy or difficult finding community? What difficulties and obstacles have you encountered? 
      • What would you like to see more of in the queer community? How can we make a more inclusive, welcoming community?
      • Do you find community online, offline, or both?
    • In what ways can we, the queer consumers, be more cognizant of our spending habits? 
      • What can we do to support our queer-owned and queer-friendly spaces? (Spending money? Bumping them on social media? Writing reviews?)
      • The queer buying power was $3.7 trillion globally in 2019 – where we spend our money matters
        • How can we be sure we’re putting our dollars behind other people with the same motives and agenda?
    • How can we hold larger corporations accountable that “cash out” on pride every year? 
    • How can we bridge the gaps that exist within the queer community? How can we diversify and be more inclusive/welcoming to everyone - including allies?
    • How can we ensure that everyone in our society has the equal opportunity to succeed, no matter who they are?
    • Anti-trans stigma, denial of opportunity, and increased risk factors are all intertwined issues and exacerbated by racism and sexism 
      • While solutions to these issues aren’t easy, what are ways we can participate and elevate marginalized voices in Black and African American communities, as well as the silenced and invisible identities within the queer community? 
  • We’ve made progress in the US, but there’s still so much change that needs to happen 
    • What can we actively do to support the Pride Movement nationally, and internationally?

Articles to Help Prompt Thought:


  • How the Pride March Made History 
    • Jericho Brown, Carmen Maria Machado and Thomas Page McBee on What Pride Means Now 
        • Pride was a protest. Many people have said it, and they are right. It began as a police riot, violence against queer bodies, the bravery of activists like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, and it has since lost its way
        • José Esteban Muñoz, a queer Latinx academic, called queerness “that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing.” If only the queer community’s most privileged citizens — white queers, cis queers — saw their queerness as the call to action it has always been.
  • People are protesting a society that does not value black lives, a government that lets one group of citizens murder another group of citizens with near-impunity, a nation that would rather cede its power to a white-supremacist police force than hold itself accountable.
  • It feels important, somehow, that a pandemic abolished the old Pride — the one boasting corporate floats and swag and friendly police officers, the one with a schedule and a permit — and gave us a call to action: room to reimagine what it means to be queer, and to act accordingly.
  • Positive Or 'Pinkwashing'? What Do LGBTQ People Think About Pride Products?
      • ‘Brands have a role to play – but only if they are driving genuine change beneath the publicity’
      • ‘The power of corporations can be a force for good’



  • Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules
      • Until Monday’s decision, it was legal in more than half of the states to fire workers for being gay, bisexual or transgender
      • The Trump administration had urged the court to rule against gay and transgender workers, and it has barred most transgender people from serving in the military. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation on Friday that undid protections for transgender patients against discrimination by doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies.


  • Ways You Can Support the Black LGBTQ+ Community
    • There’s no Pride for some of us without liberation for all of us, which is why the Cut has pulled together a list of intersectional organizations and Pride events that focus on the struggles of Black Americans, especially within the queer community. (Coined by civil-rights activist and scholar Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in 1989, the term “intersectionality” describes when people experience oppression on multiple, “intersecting” fronts.)
    • Black trans people in particular need our support right now; despite progress in the fight for gay rights, they continue to suffer the potentially lethal consequences of racism and sexism.
    • Redirect your resources, Show up for the community, Participate in a virtual event, Educate yourself on intersectionality