June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! At Peer Health Exchange we celebrate, show up for and support LGBTQ+ young people year round—but this month is a special time to honor and reflect upon the progress we’ve made as a nation—and the work still to come—thanks to the contributions of many LGBTQ+ community leaders and advocates.
Here are a few special moments that happened in the month of June at Peer Health Exchange:
- Peer Health Exchange Volunteers Danielle Grub, Audrey Chapman, and Brennan O’Rourke shared their proud moments in this month’s Volunteer Voices blog series. Click on the links to read more.
- Peer Health Exchange NYC staff and volunteers marched for the first time in New York City’s Pride March, Sunday, June 24, 2018. The five-hour Parade began at 16th Street and Seventh Avenue, walked down to Christopher Street, then continued up Fifth Avenue to 29th Street. It was an incredible moment of solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities and affirming their rights to exist in a society that sees, acknowledges, and celebrates them.
- Chicago Executive Director Danya Rosen was featured in Chicago Foundation for Women’s June newsletter, highlighting her work as Chair of their LBTQ Giving Council—the first grantmaking entity in the city of Chicago to provide grants exclusively to lesbian communities—which has now grown to serve the bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning communities.
- Nominated by Senator Ricardo Lara (Vice Chair of the LGBT Caucus), Los Angeles Executive Director LaDawn Best received special recognition by the California State Legislature along with several other people making a difference in the LGBTQ+ community.
@peerhealthexchange LA Executive Director, @phe_ladawn, recently received recognition from the state legislature for #PrideMonth. The event was hosted by the LGBT Caucus and honored several people who are making a difference in the LGBT community like Susan Dunlap, the CEO of @PlannedParenthood LA, Justice Humes, the first openly gay appellate judge in CA, and Kate Kendell, Executive Director, of the @nclrights. LaDawn was also honored for her leadership at Peer Health Exchange LA by the Association of Cooperate Council and ALSTON & BIRD Law firm who made a gift of $1,000. #Pride
How are you celebrating Pride Month? Share your proud moments and tag us on social media! Please join us to make sure that your community, your schools, and your family show up for and support LGBTQ+ youth every day.