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Black Lives Matter. Our Center stands in solidarity with the Black community. 
 
As Pride month begins, we remember that LGBTQ+ history is firmly rooted in protesting against police violence and abuse, which was led by transgender and queer people of color. The Stonewall Uprising started on June 28, 1969, when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City. The raid turned into six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement. It seeded the modern-day gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. Last year, we marked the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. However, many in our community and our allies are still not treated equally. 
 
We cannot forget that Pride is not just a celebration, but an ongoing protest that we will not stand silently and allow inequality to continue for anyone. Without supporting all faced with the challenge, we should spread the meaning of Pride to ensure that all groups are afforded their civil rights, so that none of us have to live in fear of leaving our homes.
 
We understand what it means to have to fight against a culture that tells us we are less than equal. However, we acknowledge that many of us do not fully understand what our Black community members must face on a daily basis. While Our Center and other LGBTQ+ organizations have made progress in committing to being more equitable, diverse, and inclusive, we recognize that to fully support the Black Lives Matter movement we must do more.
 
While awareness is important, it is not a substitute for action. We will use our resources and networks to support Black organizations and fight to root out racist and marginalizing policies within our local governments and institutions. We must stand in solidarity with communities of color and engage in activism that will bring change. We must provide space for change.
 
Protests are just the start. They can be a powerful way to be heard, but we have an opportunity and an obligation to take additional action by voting for lawmakers who support equality and fight against racism at the national, state, and local levels. Each level of government has significant impact on the daily lives of those in their respective jurisdictions. To move our country forward and bring lasting change, it is vital that we raise awareness in the streets and cast our ballots at the polls.
 
We consider this year to be a year of change. The current climate means that Northern Nevada Pride and similar events around the world have been postponed or altered in format. This is our opportunity to focus that would-be energy and effort to supporting the ongoing fight against racism.
 
We want all to know that our space is available for your needs to assemble, organize, and gather in safety. We know we need to do better. We will use our resources to fight to end racism and provide support for our Black community members and organizations. We invite you all to stand in solidarity with those across the country seeking justice and an end to police brutality. 
 

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