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A Message to White Gays:

This Pride season we need to band together to stop authoritarianism.

“White queers: the first Pride was a riot. We love the slogan on the T-shirt. We love the signs and the parties and the parades. I love being queer because we’re fighters. Today, we need all of showing up to fight the forces against us. Those in power have made us targets, just like they have made communities of color targets for generations. The anti-trans and antigay legislation passed by far-right legislatures in states across the country are heinous, and I’m ready to fight back. I bet you are too. We’re at another political crossroads with attacks on communities of color coming from the same well-funded enemies attacking queer and trans people. Which side are we on? What will be our legacy?” – Erin Heaney, SURJ’s Executive Director, wrote this Pride Month in The Advocate about the role of white people in fighting rising authoritarianism in this political moment.

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