June 1st is the beginning of Pride Month where we celebrate the progress, diversity and individuality of the LGBTQ+ community. Now, more than ever, we must remember that Pride started as protest against police brutality, injustice and marginalization. Today, we see the struggle continue in our community, in communities of color and in communities of faith, all overlapping much more than we may realize.
We mourn and stand with those from Masjid-E-Noor. As they celebrated one of their holiest days, they were attacked.
We mourn and stand with Indy10 and the larger Black Lives Matter movement. For weeks, they have protested the murders of many in their community by those in uniform and civilians.
As LGBTQ+ folks whose Pride movement was born out of protest, rioting, and looting, we stand with you. We hear your pain, your rage, and your anger. Our community stands with you in protest and we offer our support as we strive for equality.
For those wondering how to support, we offer the following:
- Show up to protests and support those on the frontline.
- Listen with an intention to empathize and understand responses to violence by those directly effected.
- Donate to organizations like Black Lives Matter and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana as their important work is heightened during these times.
- Ask these organizations how you can be most helpful and follow through when they respond with requests for support.
- Silence racism and other forms of bigotry in your sphere of influence.
We cannot celebrate Pride without standing with those fighting for justice and equality in our city, state, nation, and world.