As you may know, June is Pride Month!
Regatta Dogs is proudly LGBTQ+ owned, and we want to use our platform to remind our community that among the celebration and rainbows is the fact that working class, trans women of color spearheaded the movement of LGBTQ+ rights, but they are underrepresented in our community.
Queer Trans People of Color, QTPOC, experience marginalization at the intersection of racism, ethnocentrism, xenophobia, queerphobia, and transphobia. As a result, QTPOC – especially youth – experience high rates of homelessness, poverty, and violence.
This month, we encourage our Regatta Dog family to support organizations which directly support the needs of QTPOC. Here are a few organizations we support to help jumpstart your research.
A community organizing center for LGBTQ+ people of color in NYC. Leadership development is among its guiding strategies and ALP aims to instill the basic principals of organizing in communities "as a strategic process for building people’s collective power to achieve self-determination and justice." ALP empowers LGBTQ POC communities to identify their issues, to come up with community-based solutions based on collective and direct action, and to coalition-build.
Named after Sylvia Rivera, a prominent a Latina American gay liberation and transgender rights activist - the SRLP "works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence." SRLP focuses on helping communities meet their survival needs such as improving access to social, health, and legal services.
An organization forcused on helping homeless LGBTQ+ youth, the Ali Forney Center assists "nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program."