At HMI, we celebrate Pride every day. Our staff and volunteers embolden youth members to be their authentic selves and unapologetically proclaim they’re #ProudToBe Queer All Year. It’s especially important now, in this time of crisis, when an increasing number of LGBTQ+ young people are experiencing higher levels of isolation and abandonment, simply because of who they are.
Because we’re unable to gather together in person for Pride this year, it’s ever so vital that our young people know they are loved and not alone – absent of our annual Pride celebrations when they get to experience the love and joy of our community firsthand. To this end, there are two ways to demonstrate support and “virtually” spread the love.
SHOW YOU CARE
Help us raise $250,000 for the month of June to show our young people that there is a community out there who cares and wants to see them continue receiving the support and services they deserve. With the cancellation of our Pride festivities this year, we are largely relying on donations to raise money to ensure continuity of services.
Also , our longtime partner PARC Foundation will match all June donations dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000 during Pride month.
Reassure LGBTQ youth that it’s okay to be Queer All Year by sharing what makes YOU #ProudToBe who you are. Download any of the images at the bottom of this page and proudly display them on social media. What a beautiful gift of virtual love and reassurance we can demonstrate by flooding the digital landscape with these powerful, yet simple, messages.
MAKE THIS PRIDE COUNT
The LGBTQ+ community always comes together, in both the best of times and the more difficult ones like many are experiencing today. Now is the time to rally together in support of one another, especially those who are most vulnerable such as our underserved, at-risk youth. Please consider making a difference in a young person’s life today and making this year’s PRIDE count even more!
HEAR FROM OUR YOUTH ADVOCATES