In the very early hours of June 28, 1969, a police raid began at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, NYC. The raid was by no means the first of its kind– effectively the culmination of years of discrimination, prejudice, hatred, and inequality. Stonewall is largely acknowledged as the catalyst that spurred the beginning of the gay rights movement in the US and beyond.
Today, in honor of the brave souls who stood up and said ENOUGH… in honor of those who fought against oppression leading up to that fateful night and for those who have continued to fight every single day since… To the entire LGBTQIA+ community… We see you. We thank you. We honor you.
There are so many stories… but those stories aren’t ours to tell. Today, we dedicate this space to education and would invite you to read, to listen, to explore, and to reflect.
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While we acknowledge that progress has been made, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done. There are countless amazing organizations worldwide who are doing that work and creating that needed space. As Aurifil USA is located in Chicago, IL, we’ve made a donation to the Brave Space Alliance. Their mission:
Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ+ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples.
We encourage you to check out their website to learn more about the work they are doing in the Chicago area. We’re including some other amazing organizations below, but there are so many! Research those working for change in your area and see what you can do to support, volunteer, contribute.
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We have shared articles and organizations that we found helpful, but understand that we’ve only just scraped the surface. What resources do you recommend? Which articles really made an impact on your own journey? We’d invite you to share links in the comments so that we and our full range of readers might find some new avenues for continued education.