Pride is about more than partying. It’s about giving back.

By attending my Pride 2018 events over the past few months, you helped raise over $77k for TRUTH (TRans yoUTH), a youth-led partnership between the Transgender Law Center and the GSA Network amplifying the voices of trans and gender non-conforming young people, and creating safe spaces for them to share their struggles, learn empathy, and build public understanding.

Pride is the time of year when our city displays to the world – in its most extravagant way – just how fabulous our community really is. And while it’s important to live our best personal lives, I have always considered Pride an especially great opportunity to give back. I call on all of my friends and colleagues to take that opportunity going forward. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting these events.

TRUTH Organizers put it this way:

Pride began with the radical notion that the most marginalized had the power to speak up for justice and demand change. Today, the young activists of TRUTH continue to carry the legacies of people like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major, and so many others. Our work is supported by so many across the nation and powerful organizers like Juanita MORE! and her team. This year, after months of organizing and events, we are beyond honored to accept her team’s amazing donation of $77,000!

This is the largest donation our program has ever received and there is so much possibility that has been created. Young trans people will lead this revolution and we thank everyone who supports us.

Check out some of the highlights of my 2018 pride parties:

Photos courtesy of Juanita More!