GLSEN Pittsburgh Withdraws from Pittsburgh Pridefest

I’m just publishing the statements by the groups as I receive them ~ Sue


 

GLSEN Pittsburgh

GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) Pittsburgh stands in solidarity with Roots Pride Pittsburgh and the many people and organizations who are opposed to the actions of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, who booked Iggy Azalea as the headline performer of Pittsburgh Pride 2015. As an organization working to create safe school environments for LGBTQ youth, we work to address the needs of individuals at the intersections of their identities. GLSEN,  in our mission to create safe schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, is dedicated to fostering a work environment and designing programs and resources that are inclusive and celebratory of diversity, and sensitive to the role of power and privilege in society. The Delta Foundation’s irresponsible choice of a headliner whose past actions and statements express positions that are abhorrent to many members of our community represents leadership who is out of touch with the realities of many in the LGBT community.  We are disappointed by Delta’s failure to consider the needs of the entire LGBT community in making their decision, which was clearly demonstrated in their Facebook response to the controversy this choice has created.

GLSEN Pittsburgh has decided that it best for us to show our solidarity to the LGBT community, particularly the trans communities and people of color, by withdrawing from Pittsburgh Pride events.  GLSEN Pittsburgh will not be marching in this year’s Pride Awareness March and we are encouraging others to stand up with us and withdraw their support of the Delta Foundation’s Pittsburgh Pride.

GLSEN Pittsburgh will instead be supporting the efforts of the following organizations, who are creating Pride events in Pittsburgh for the entire community:

Roots Pride

TransPride Pittsburgh,

Cafe Con Leche ORGULLO! Pittsburgh Latin@ LGBTQ Pride,

Pittsburgh Black Pride

Pittsburgh Dyke Trans March

Sue Kerr has created this calendar where all Pride events can be publicly listed.

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