PFLAG NYC Unites with LGBTQ Organizations in Condemning Racist Violence

Open Letter from LGBTQ Organizations Condemning Racist Violence

On the eve of Pride Month, we prepare to mark the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that are a key mile-marker in the struggle to claim full equality and civil rights for LGBTQ+ people. As we know and acknowledge from our own community’s experience, in the face of systemic violence and oppression not all progress is or should be peaceful.

In 2017, PFLAG NYC affirmed the Unity and Inclusion Policy of PFLAG National, committing our movement of families and allies united with LGBTQ+ people to strive to uphold the human dignity of all people and to fight discrimination and bigotry in any form so that all families can live free of fear.

Today PFLAG NYC signed on to the following joint letter of LGBTQ organizations condemning racist violence. We affirm that PFLAG NYC will be fully engaged with our movement partners in making “explicit commitments to embrace anti-racism and end white supremacy, not as necessary corollaries to our mission, but as integral to the objective of full equality for LGBTQ people.”

  

LGBTQ Organizations Unite to Combat Racial Violence

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Those words, written over 30 years ago by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, remind us that indifference can never bridge the divide of hate. And, today, they should serve as a call to action to all of us, and to the Movement for LGBTQ equality.

  • This spring has been a stark and stinging reminder that racism, and its strategic objective, white supremacy, is as defining a characteristic of the American experience as those ideals upon which we claim to hold our democracy — justice, equality, liberty.
  • We listened to the haunting pleas of George Floyd for the most basic of human needs — simply, breath — as a Minneapolis police officer kneeled with cruel indifference on his neck.
  • We felt the pain of Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend as he called 9-1-1 after plainclothes Louisville police kicked down the door of their home and shot her eight times as she slept in her bed.
  • We watched the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery by white vigilantes in Brunswick, GA, aware that they evaded the consequence of their actions until the video surfaced and sparked national outrage.
  • We saw the weaponizing of race by a white woman who pantomimed fear in calling the police on Christian Cooper, a Black gay man bird-watching in Central Park.
  • We have heard and read about the killings of transgender people — Black transgender women in particular — with such regularity, it is no exaggeration to describe it as a epidemic of violence. This year alone, we have lost at least 12 members of our community: Dustin Parker, Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, Yampi Méndez Arocho, Monika Diamond, Lexi, Johanna Metzger, Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, Layla Pelaez Sánchez, Penélope Díaz Ramírez, Nina Pop, Helle Jae O’Regan, and Tony McDade.

All of these incidents are stark reminders of why we must speak out when hate, violence, and systemic racism claim — too often with impunity — Black Lives.

The LGBTQ Movement’s work has earned significant victories in expanding the civil rights of LGBTQ people. But what good are civil rights without the freedom to enjoy them?
Many of our organizations have made progress in adopting intersectionality as a core value and have committed to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. But this moment requires that we go further — that we make explicit commitments to embrace anti-racism and end white supremacy, not as necessary corollaries to our mission, but as integral to the objective of full equality for LGBTQ people.

We, the undersigned, recognize we cannot remain neutral, nor will awareness substitute for action. The LGBTQ community knows about the work of resisting police brutality and violence. We celebrate June as Pride Month, because it commemorates, in part, our resisting police harassment and brutality at Stonewall in New York City, and earlier in California, when such violence was common and expected. We remember it as a breakthrough moment when we refused to accept humiliation and fear as the price of living fully, freely, and authentically.

We understand what it means to rise up and push back against a culture that tells us we are less than, that our lives don’t matter. Today, we join together again to say #BlackLivesMatter and commit ourselves to the action those words require.

  

A Safe Ace Place, Administration Team, Collectively
A Wider Bridge, Alan Schwartz, CEO & Board Chair
A.H. of Monroe County, Inc., Scott Pridgen, Executive Director
Aadya Rising, Susan Byers, Director
African American Office of Gay Concerns, Gary Paul Wright, Executive Director
African Human Rights Coalition, Melanie Nathan, Executive Director
Aggie Allies, TAMU, Jennifer Bradford, Vice-President
AIDS Action Baltimore, Jeffrey Grabelle, Chief Operating Officer
AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Aisha N. Davis, Director of Policy
Alaskans Together For Equality, Elias Rojas, Board President
Ali Forney Center, Tyler Neasloney, Special Events & Communications
Alianza de Comercio LGBTTQ+ de Puerto Rico, Joey Pons, Executive Director
All Rainbow and Allied Youth Inc., Hal Trejo, Board President
Alphawood Foundation, Jim McDonough, Executive Director
ALSO Youth, James Robinson, Executive Director
Altrusa International of Los Angeles, Aggie Kurzyna, President and Founder
American Association of University Women (AAUW), Kim Churches, CEO
American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Micah Kubic, Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union, Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director
American Institute of Bisexuality, Ian Lawrence-Tourinho, Executive Director
Annapolis Pride, Jeremy Browning, Founder & Chair
APAIT, Jury Candelario, Director
APLA Health, Craig E. Thompson, CEO
Aqua Foundation For Women, Yolanda Flores, Chairwoman
Arianna’s Center, Arianna Lint, CEO
Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaborative, Tonya Estell, Board of Directors
Aromantic-spectrum Union for Recognition, Education, and Advocacy, Abhainn Raymond, Resource Manager
Asexual Outreach, Brian Langevin, Executive Director
Asexual singles, Stephanie de Blaauw, Miss
Asexuales México y América Latina, Anahi Charles - Erik Mata - Citlally Villarejo., Chief Activists
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Carole Treston, Executive Director
AsylumConnect, Katie Sgarro, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Atheist Community of Polk County, Rachele McCullough, Director
Athlete Ally, Hudson Taylor, Executive Director
Atlanta Pride Committee, Jamie Fergerson , Executive Director
Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, Sharon daVanport, Executive Director
AVEN - Asexual Visibility and Education Network , Diana Abinader, Board of Directors member
AVOL Kentucky, Jon Parker, Executive Director
Awf Magazine, Ryan Leach & Griffin Leeds, Executive Editors
BAGLY, Inc. (Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth), Grace Sterling Stowell, Executive Director
Basic Rights Oregon, Nancy Haque, Executive Director
Baton Rouge Pride, Christopher Bradford, Chairman
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), Jeffrey Kosbie, Co-Chair
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, Robt Seda-Schreiber, Chief Activist
Bayard Rustin Coalition, Lawrence Shine, Co-Chair
Being Alive Los Angeles, Carla Ford, President, Board of Directors
Beloved Arise, Jun Young, Director
Bet Mishpachah, Rabbi Singer-Beilin, Rabbi
Beth Chayim Chadashim, Juval Porat, Cantor
Bi Women Quarterly, Robyn Ochs, Editor
Bi+ Georgia, Dan Wilson, Lead Organizer
Bi+ Pride Milwaukee, Amy Luettgen, Organizer
Big Apple Performing Arts/New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Lisa Reilly, Executive Director
BiLaw, Nancy Marcus, Co-Founder
Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center, Gabrielle Antolovich, Board President
BiPOL San Francisco, Lani Ka’ahumanu, Co-Founder
Bisexual Organizing Project - BOP, Leah Yoemans, Chair
Bisexual Resource Center, Belle Haggett Silverman , President - Board of Directors
Body Euphoria Inclusive Massage Therapy, Eli Shumaker, CEO
Born Perfect, Mathew Shurka, Co-Founder
Boston Pride Committee, Reina Ysaguirre-Boersma, Dir. of Outreach & Development
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Adrian Shanker, Executive Director
Brave Space Alliance, LaSaia Wade, Executive Director
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Tom Viola, Executive Director
Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Floyd Rumohr, CEO
Broward House, Inc, Stacy Hyde, CEO
Cache Pride Center, Cassandra Seikkula, Program Director
California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network, Amanda McAllister-Wallner, Director
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Wendy Stark, Executive Director
CAMP Rehoboth, David Mariner, Executive Director
Campaign for Southern Equality, Adam Polaski, Communications Director
Campus Pride, Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director
Capital City Pride, Natalie Coblentz, Production Manager
Capital Pride Alliance, Ryan Bos, Executive Director
Care Resource Community Health Centers, Inc. , Rick Siclari, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Cascade AIDS Project, Tyler TerMeer, PhD, CEO
Cathedral Of Hope UCC, Rev. Dr. Neil G Thomas, Senior Pastor
Center for Black Equity, Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO
Center for Health Justice, Cajetan Luna, Executive Director
Center for Immigrant Protection/The LGBT Asylum Project, Kenan Arun, Director of Operations
Center on Halsted, Modesto Valle, CEO
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Denise Spivak, CEO
Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band & Color Guard Corp., Chelsey Carrigan, Director of Communications
Central Outreach Wellness, Stacy Lane DO, Medical Director
Centre communautaire LGBTQ+ de Montréal, Christian Tanguay, Directeur général
Citrus Pride, Chuck Higgins , President
City of Holyoke, Andres Villada, Mayoral Aide & President of Holyoke Pride
Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, Dara Adkison, President
Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic, Anne S. De Groot MD, Medical Director
CNY Aces, Aley, Founder
Collidescope, VA, Liz Cervantes, Co-founder
Colorado Springs Breaking Boundaries, Joseph Shelton, Vice President
Colors+, Kristen Pepera, Executive director
Come Out With Pride Orlando , Tatiana Quiroga, Board Member- Secretary
Community Education Group, A. Toni Young, Founder & Executive Director
Compass LGBTQ Community Center, Julie Seaver, Executive Director
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Sharon Kleinbaum, Senior Rabbi
Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, Mychal Copeland, Rabbi
Contigo Fund, Marco Antonio Quiroga, Director
Corktown Health Center, Teresa Roscoe, Chief Operating Officer
CrescentCare, Noel Twilbeck, CEO
Curve Magazine, Merryn Johns, Editor-in-Chief
Dansby Photography and Multimedia, Sherry Dansby, Owner
DC Black Pride, Kenya Hutton, Director
Deaf Queer Resource Center, Drago Renteria, Executive Director
Desert AIDS Project, Carl Baker, Director of Legal & Legislative Affairs
DignityUSA, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director
Diocese of Southern Ohio, Rev deniray mueller, Legislative Liaison
Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance - AllianceQ, Melissa Guthrie Loy, Rev.
Diversity Center, Santa Cruz County, Sharon Esther Papo, Executive Director
Drag Story Hour Arizona, David Boyles, Board Member
East Bay Getting to Zero, Sophy S. Wong, MD, Director
East Los Angeles Women’s Center, Thelma Garcia, Director of HIV Prevention services
elizabeth f schwartz, p.a., elizabeth f schwartz, attorney & activist
End Hep C SF, Joanne Kay, Program Coordinator
Epilepsy Awareness In The Entertainment Industry, Sherry Dansby, Founder
Equality Arizona, Michael Soto, Executive Director
Equality Business Alliance, Eddie Reynoso, Executive Director
Equality California, Rick Chavez Zbur, Executive Director
Equality Delaware, Mark Purpura, Director
Equality Federation, Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director
Equality Florida, Nadine Smith, Executive Director
Equality Illinois, Bob Chikos, Community Advisory Group Member
Equality Illinois, Brian Johnson, CEO
Equality Michigan, Erin Knott, Executive Director
Equality NC, Kendra R Johnson, Executive Director
Equality Nevada, Chris Davin, President
Equality New Mexico, Adrian N. Carver, Executive Director
Equality New York, Amanda Babine, Executive Director
Equality Ohio, Alana Jochum, Executive Director
Equality Texas, Ricardo Martinez, CEO
Equality Utah, Troy Williams, Executive Director
Equality Virginia, Vee Lamneck, Executive Director
EqualityMaine, Matt Moonen, Executive Director
Equitas Health, Daphne Kackloudis, Chief Public Policy & Strategy Officer
Essex County, NJ LGBTQ Advisory Board, Kathy Ahearn-O’Brien, Co-Chair
Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program, Northwestern University, Gregory Phillips II, Director and Assistant Professor
Fair Wisconsin, Megin McDonell, Executive Director
Fairness Campaign, Tamara Russell, Board Member
Fairness West Virginia, Andrew Schneider, Executive Director
Faith in Public Life, Joey McKinnon, Florida Director
Faith Tapestry Community Church, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rodriguez Schlorff, Pastor
Family Equality, Denise Brogan-Kator, Chief Policy Officer
Fenway Health, Ellen LaPointe, CEO
Fierté Fredericton Pride, Amelia Thorpe, Co-Chair
Fijate Bien/MPact Global Action, Angel C Fabian, MD MNA, Advocacy Coordinator
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Marguerite Felice, board secretary , UUYO
Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Laura Hernandez, Legislative Manager
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nik Harris, LGBTQ Consumer Advocate
Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, Stephen Gaskill, President
Florida NOW (National Organization for Women), Kim Porteous, President of Florida NOW
Florida Trans Proud Inc, Denise Johnson, President/CEO
Fluid Array Foundation, Gregory, Ward
FORGE, Inc., Loree Cook-Daniels, Policy and Program Director
Forum for Equality, SarahJane Guidry, Executive Director
Foundation for the AIDS Monument, Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director
Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center, Jennifer Stucka-Benally, ED
Frank Harr Foundation, Shelly O’Rourke, Executive Director
Free Mom Hugs, Katrina Kalb, Executive Director
Freedom for All Americans, Kasey Suffredini, CEO & National Campaign Director
Freedom Oklahoma, Allie Shinn, Executive Director
Freedom Through Healing, Aquilah Varela-Williams, Director
FreeState Justice, Mark Procopio, Executive Director
Friendly House Inc/ SAGE Metro Portland, Max Micozzi, Manager
GAAMC, Gordon Sauer, President
GAPIMNY—Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders, Jason Wu, Political Chair
Garden State Equality, Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director
Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center, Fred Swanson, Executive Director
Gay For Good, Anne Friedman, Executive Director
Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles (GFBLA), David Doan, President
GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON, DC, JUSTIN FYALA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Gay Resources of the Ozarks, LLC, Brian C. Vega, LPC, NCC, Owner
Gay USA TV, Ann Northrop and Andy Humm, Co-Hosts
GAYLANDIA U.S.A., Michael H. Martinez, Communication Director
Gender Identity Network Alliance (GNA), Michelle Fox-Phillips, Executive Director
Gender Rights Maryland, Sharon Brackett, Board Chair
Gender Spectrum, Joel Baum, Senior Director
Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network), Geoffrey Winder & Ginna Brelsford, Co-Executive Directors
Georgia Equality, Jeff Graham, Executive Director
Get The Vote Out, Brad Henry, Founder
GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO
GLBT Alliance of Santa Cruz, Gloria Nieto, Board member
GLBT Historical Society, Terry Beswick, Executive Director
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Janson Wu, Executive Director
GLIDE, Wesley Saver, Policy Manager
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, Hector Vargas, Executive Director
GLSEN Central New Jersey, Alex Lawrence, Co-Chair
GLSEN Southern Nevada, Trevor Harder, Co- Chair
GLSEN, Eliza Byard, Executive Director
GLYS Western New York, Inc., Robert Roush, Executive Director
GMHC, Kelsey Louie, CEO
GO Magazine, Dayna Troisi, Managing Editor
God’s Love We Deliver, Karen Pearl, President & CEO
Grand Rapids Pride Center, Thomas Pierce, Executive Director
Greater Boston PFLAG, Sunnie Kaufmann-Paulman, Executive Director
GSAFE, Brian Juchens, Co-Director
GSBA: Washington’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, Louise Chernin, President & CEO
Hampton Roads Pride, Cole Werkheiser, President
Harm Reduction Coalition of San Diego County, Tara Stamos-Buesig, Founding Director
Harvey Milk Festival, Inc, Shannon Fortner, Executive Director
Harvey Milk Foundation, Julie Stern, Partnership Coordinator
Have A Gay Day, Michael Knote, Executive Director
Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights, Joshua Cooper, Executive Director
He She Ze and We, Shannon McKay, President
Health Emergency Lifeline Programs, Teresa Roscoe, Chief Operating Officer
HealthHIV, Brian Hujdich, Executive Director
Heart of Art, Kenia Gutierrez, Owner
Heartland Equality, Dustin Havens, Director of Operations
Hearts on a Wire, Adrian Lowe, member
Helping Hand Counseling Center, Sandy Piacente, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Henderson Equality Center, Chris Davin, Executive Director
Hetrick-Martin Institute, Thomas Krever, CEO
Hetrick-Martin Institute: New Jersey, Lillian Rivera, Executive Director
HIV Medicine Association , Andrea Weddle, Executive Director
Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council, Jeffrey Oliverio, Founding Member and Treasurer
Holyoke Pride, Andres Villada, Organizer
Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc., Joshua J Myers, Development and Communications Director
Hope in a Box, Inc, Joe English, Executive Director
Horizons Foundation, Roger Doughty, President
House of Colors LGBTQ Youth Center, Micah Katz-Zeiger, Youth Program Coordinator
Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Mike Webb, President
Howard Brown Health, Andie Baker, VP, Center for Education, Research and Advocacy
Hudson Pride Center, Elizabeth Schedl, Chief Operations Officer
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Jeff Rindler-Jordan, Executive Director
Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation, Sarah Rosso, Executive Director
Human Rights Alliance - Santa Fe, NM, Kevin A. Bowen, President
Human Rights Campaign - Columbus Steering Committee, Stefani Borg, National Board of Governor
Human Rights Campaign Greater Philadelphia, Liz Balcom and Tom Rogers, Co-chairs
Human Rights Campaign, Alphonso David, President
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, Kathy Ahearn-O’Brien, Executive Director
Identity, Inc., Joey Agloinga-Keeney, Board Chair
Immigration Equality, Aaron C. Morris, Executive Director
Inclusive Justice of Michigan, Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, Board President
Ingersoll Gender Center, Karter Booher, Executive Director
Inside Out Youth Services, Jessie Pocock, Executive Director
International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, Jose M Zuniga, President
InterPride, Andrew Baker, Co-President
Intersex Campaign for Equality, Hida Viloria, Founder and Executive Director
It Gets Better Project, Brian Wenke, Executive Director
Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services, Luca Maurer, Director
Jackson Pride Center, Karyl L Baker, Chair
Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Inc., Randi Adler, Program Director, LGBT+ Services
John Snow, Inc., Stewart Landers, Director, U.S. Health Service, Boston Office
Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Erin Upchurch, MSSA, LISW-S, Executive Director
Kappa Xi Omega Sorority, Incorporated, Brandynicole Brooks, National President/CEO
Keshet, Idit Klein, President & CEO
Key of Q: LGBTQ & Allied Singers of the Hudson Valley, Jim Fish, Co-Founder & President
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, Melissa Terrell, Chair, Board of Directors
Lambda Legal, Kevin Jennings , CEO
Latino LinQ, Humberto Orozco, Board President
Left of Center Productions, Linda Lewis, Entertainment Agent
Legacy Community Health, Lindsay Lanagan, Director, Government Relations
Lesbian Health Initiative Houston, Inc., Ann J. Robison, PhD, Executive Director
Lesbians of Color Symposium Collective, Inc., Shaunya Thomas, Co - Founder / President
Lesbians Who Tech, Leanne Pittsford, Founder & CEO
Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, Laura Raicovich, Interim Director
LGBT Bar Association of New York, Eric Lesh, Executive Director
LGBT Caucus of the California Democratic Party, Tiffany Woods and Lester Aponte, Co-Chairs
LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Jerome’ Holston, Director
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland , Phyllis Seven Harris, Executive Director
LGBT Community Center of the Desert, Mike Thompson, CEO
LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County, Don Davis, President
LGBT Life Center, Stacie Walls, CEO
LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc., George Wallace, Executive Director
LGBTQ Advocate, Charlotte Clymer, Writer
LGBTQ Caucus, League of CA Cities, Helyne Meshar, Administrator
LGBTQ Center OC, Peg Corley, Executive Director
LGBTQ Center of Bay County Inc., Cindy Wilker, President
LGBTQ Community Center of Southern Nevada, John Waldron, CEO
LGBTQ Victory Fund & LGBTQ Victory Institute , Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO
LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund Advisory Board, Karin Uhlich, Advisory Board Chair
LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County, Betty Jacobs, Founder/Executive Director
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, Robert Vitelli, Executive VP/COO
Long Island LGBT Center, Lauren Corcoran-Doolin, Vice-President, External Affairs
Lorain County LGBTQ+ and Allies Task Force, Kei Graves, Board President
Los Angeles Bi Task Force, Mimi Hoang, Co-Founder
Los Angeles LGBT Center, Lorri L. Jean, CEO
Louisiana Trans Advocates, Peyton Rose Michelle, Director of Operations
Louisville Youth Group Inc., Jason Peno, Executive Director
Lower Columbia Q Center, Tessa James Scheller, President/Chair
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Tre’Andre Valentine, Executive Director
MassEquality, Tanya V. Neslusan, Executive Director
Math4cure, Karen Young, Executive Director
Matthew Shepard Foundation, Jason Marsden, Executive Vice President
Mazzoni Center, Thomas Ude, Legal and Public Policy Director
MC FILM MEDIA, Mark Bias, President
Me Too Springfield, Jordan Harris, President of Me Too Springfield
Media for the Public Good, Inc. / OutCasting Media, Marc Sophos, Executive Director
Meroe & Wellness, LLC, Maudisa Meroe, CEO
Methodist Federation for Social Action , Bridget Cabrera, Executive Director
Metro Inclusive Health, Cole Foust, LGBTQ+ Division Manager
Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches, Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey, Senior Pastor
Miami-Dade LGBTA Democratic Caucus, Eddie De La Vega, President
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Amy Orta, Executive Director
MoPride, Inc., Veronica Ambrose, Central Valley Pride Center Director
More Light Presbyterians, Alex Patchin McNeill, Executive Director
Movement Advancement Project, Ineke Mushovic, Executive Director
Nashville Pride, Phil Cobucci, Community Affairs
National AIDS Memorial, John Cunningham, Executive Director
National Black Justice Coalition , David Johns, Executive Director
National Center for Lesbian Rights, Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director
National Center for Transgender Equality, Mara Keisling, Executive Director
National Coalition for LGBT Health, Brian Hujdicch, Executive Director
National Coalition of STD Directors, Taryn Couture, Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations
National Equality Action Team (NEAT), Brian Silva, Founder & Executive Director
National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation, D’Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director
National LGBT Cancer Network, NFN Scout, Deputy Director
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Justin G. Nelson and Sabrina G. Kent, Co-Founder & President / Senior Vice President
National LGBTQ Task Force, Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP), Rochelle Diamond, Chair
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), Glenn D. Magpantay, Executive Director
National Trans Visibility March, Apyphanie Barnhill, Asst. National Strategy Director
National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment, Jowharah Sanders, Executive Director
National Working Positive Coalition, Mark Misrok, National Working Positive Coalition
New England Aces, Julia Gilstein, Lead Organizer
New Mexico GSA Network, Karen Dugas, Program Manager
New York City AIDS Memorial, Dave Harper, Executive Director
New York City Anti-Violence Project, Beverly Tillery, Executive Director
New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Lisa Reilly, Executive Director
New York LGBT Network, David Kilmnick, President/CEO
NGPA- The Worldwide LGBT Aviation Community, Brian Gambino, President
NMAC, Paul Kawata, ED
North Carolina AIDS Action Network , Lee Storrow, Executive Director
North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, Barry Nelson, Organizer
North Jersey Pride, C.J. Prince, Executive Director
North Shore Alliance of GLBT Youth, Stephen Harrington, Executive Director
Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc., Joseph Porter, President, Board of Directors
Oakland LGBTQ Community Ctr., Joe Hawkins , CEO
Oasis Legal Services, Ari Jones, Staff Attorney and Outreach Coordinator
OCTOPUS LLC (Organizing Communities Transgender Outreach Promoting United Support), Kimberly Sue Griffiths, Executive Director
Oklahomans for Equality, Toby Jenkins, CEO
One Colorado, Daniel Ramos, Executive Director
One Iowa, Courtney Reyes, Executive Director
One Orlando Alliance , Jennifer Foster, Executive Director
One-n-ten, Nate Rhoton, Executive Director
onePULSE Foundation, Barbara Poma, CEO
Openhouse, Karyn Skultety, Executive Director
ORAM - Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration, Steve Roth, Executive Director
Orange County Equality Coalition, Dannie Cesena, Co-Chair
Our Family Coalition, Sam Ames, Interim Executive Director
Our Fund Foundation, David Jobin, President & CEO
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Erin Uritus, CEO
Out Boulder County, Mardi Moore, Executive Director
OUT Georgia Business Alliance, Chris Lugo, Executive Director
Out in STEM, Cortland Russell, President & CEO
Out in the Open, HB Lozito, Executive Director
Out Leadership, Todd Sears, Founder & CEO
Out on Film LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Craig Hardesty and Jim Farmer, Board Chair and Festival Director
Out2Enroll, Katie Keith, Steering Committee Member
OutCenter of Southwest Michigan, MaryJo Schnell, Executive Director
Outfest, Damien S. Navarro, Executive Director
OutFront Kalamazoo, Amy Hunter, Executive Director
OutFront Minnesota, Monica Meyer, Executive Director
OutNebraska, Abbi Swatsworth, Executive Director
OutRight Action International, Daina Rudusa, Senior Communications Manager
Outright Vermont, Dana Kaplan, Executive Director
OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Victor Gimenez, Executive Director
OUTspoken Leaders, Jacob Kniep, Executive Director
Overnight Prod./This Way Out Radio, Brian DeShazor, CEO and Board Chair
Pacific Center for Human Growth, Michelle Gonzalez, Executive Director
Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, Rand Hoch, President and Founder
Partnership Project, Julia Lager-Mesulam, Director
Peer Support Space, Dani, Dandelion Hill, Director of Peer Services
Peoria Proud, Nicole Livsey, President
Perceptions, Scott Ellis, Executive Director
PFLAG Birmingham, Amanda Wilson, Executive Director
PFLAG Blairsville, Penny Connell, President
PFLAG Boulder County, Tobi J Cahill, President
PFLAG Charlotte, Karen Graci, President
PFLAG Cleveland, Tom Falcone, President
PFLAG Columbus (OH), Jaron Terry, MS, APR, President of the Board
PFLAG Crown Point Northwest Indiana, Elisabeth Menning, President
PFLAG Door County, Beth Mitchell
PFLAG Los Angeles, Steve Krantz, Vice President
PFLAG Nashville, Kathy Halbrooks, Co-Chair
PFLAG National, Brian K. Bond, Executive Director
PFLAG New Hampshire, Erica Allen, President
PFLAG Newport Beach California, Angela Samaan, Dr
PFLAG Newport Beach, Jessica Herthel, Co-President
PFLAG NYC, Drew Tagliabue, Executive Director
PFLAG Salisbury Inc., Michele Schlehofer, Executive Director
PFLAG Seattle, Deb Dahrling, Board president
PFLAG South Miami, Jennifer Solomon, President PFLAG South Miami Chapter
PFLAG Spartanburg, Debra Foreman , President
PFLAG Tampa, John Desmond, Director
PFLAG, Catherine Trejo, Dr
Philadelphia Family Pride, Stephanie Haynes, Executive Director
Philanthrofund Foundation, A Charlene Leach, Executive Director
Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus , Brandon Sours , Chorus President
Phoenix Pride Foundation, Michael Fornelli, Executive Director
Planned Parenthood Keystone (The Spectrum, The Curve, The RainbowRoom), Amber Brown, Dir.of Training, Community Outreach, and Education
PleasePrEPMe.org, Laura Lazar, Manager
Plexus LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Amanda Cole , Executive Director
Point Foundation, Jorge Valencia, Executive Director & CEO
Point Source Youth, Larry Cohen, Executive Director
Positive Women’s Network-USA, naina khanna, executive director
PRC, Brett Andrews, CEO
Pride Action Tank, Kim L. Hunt, Executive Director
Pride at Work, Jerame Davis, Executive Director
Pride Center of the Capital Region , Martha Harvey , Executive Director
Pride Center Of Vermont, Mike Bensel , Executive Director
Pride Community Center, Inc, Katrina, Stewart
Pride Community Services Organization, Carmen Wampler-Collins, Executive Director
Pride Fund 1, Densil R Porteous, CEO
Pride Media, Diane Anderson-Minshall, CEO
Pride Northwest Inc, Debra Porta, Executive Director
Pride St. Louis, Jordan Braxton , Director of Public Relations
Pridelines, Miami’s LGBTQ Community Center, Victor Diaz-Herman, Chief Executive Officer
Prism Foundation Inc, Timothy J Dean, President and CEO
Project MORE Foundation, Nathan Svoboda, President/COO
Project No Labels, CLAIRE ELISAN, Founder / CEO
Project PRIDE Sarasota, Joshua Beadle, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Project Pride Srq, Katie McCurry, Co-Founder
PROMO, Stephen Eisele, Executive Director
Proud Haven Inc, Debbie Scotto, Co-Founder
Q Center, James K. Phelps, ACFRE, Interim Executive Director
Q CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Bukola Landis-Aina, Executive Director
QLatinx, Christopher J. Cuevas, Executive Director
QLaw Foundation of Washington, Denise Diskin, Executive Director
QUA - LGBTQ UKRAINIANS IN AMERICA, Bogdan Globa, President
Queens LGBT Center (QCenter), JR Cehonski, Director of Programs
Queer Connect, Inc., Lisa Carton, Director
Queering Boston, Shannon McLean, Co-founder
Queerocracy, Jason Walker, Executive Director
Radiant Health Centers, Philip Yaeger, CEO
Rainbow Cafe LGBTQ Center, Tara Bell, Board Chair
Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County, Kiku Johnson, Executive Director
Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton, Jerry Mallicoat, Board Chair
Rainbow Mobile, Bryan Fuenmayor, Executive Director
Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance, Benita Annette Ramsey, Executive Director
Rainbow Resource Centre, Noreen Mian, Executive Director
Rainbow World Fund, Jeffrey Cotter, Executive Director
Reading Pride Celebration, Enrique Castro Jr., Vice President
Reconciling Ministries Network, Jan Lawrence, Executive Director
Reformed Catholic Church, Chris Carpenter, Presiding Bishop
Renaissance City Choir, Morgan Hawkins, Board President
Renovus, Ory Cook, Executive Director
Resource Center, Cece Cox, CEO
Ring of Keys, Andrea Prestinario, Executive Director
Roanoke Pride Inc, Timothy J Dean, Chief Operations Officer
Rockland County Pride Center, Brooke Malloy, Executive Director
Rose Dynasty Foundation, Inc., Jason DeShazo, President
Rural Women’s Health Project, Robin, Lewy
RUSA LGBT, Yelena Goltsman, Founder and Co-President
Ruth Ellis Center, Inc., Jerry Peterson, Executive Director
Sacramento LGBT Community Center, David Heitstuman, CEO
Safe Place International, Justin Hilton, Founder
Safe Schools Action Network, Shannon Cuttle, Director
Safe Schools South Florida, Scott Galvin, Executive Director
SAGE Hudson Valley, Amanda Norton, Director, Programs and Services
SAGE Jersey City, Gordon Sauer, Affiliate Leader
SAGE Metro Detroit, Angie Perone, Executive Director
SAGE New Orleans - NOAGE, Jim Meadows, Executive Director
SAGE of the Bluegrass, Maggie Carnes, Organizer
SAGE Upstate, Kim Dill, Executive Director
SAGE: Advocacy and Services for GLBT Elders, Michael Adams, CEO
Salisbury Pride, Mark DeLancey, Lead Organizer
San Diego Pride, fernando@sdpride.org, Executive Director
San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Joe Hollendoner, CEO
San Francisco Community Health Center, Lance Toma, Chief Executive Officer
San Francisco Dykes on Bikes® Women’s Motorcycle Contingent, Kate Brown, President
San Francisco Hepatitis C Task Force, Robin Roth, Co-chair
San José State University PRIDE Center & Gender Equity Center, Bonnie Sugiyama, Director
Sandhills PRIDE, Michael Bleggi, Executive Director
SAVE - Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, Orlando Gonzales, Executive Director
Seattle Aces and Aros, Sara Darlington, Co-Organizer
Seneca Proud, Brian Young, Co-director and Co-founder
Sero Project, Sean Strub, Executive Director
SF LGBT Center, Rebecca Rolfe, Executive Director
Shenandoah LGBTQ Center, Emily Sproul, Executive director
Side by Side VA, Inc., Ted Lewis, Executive Director
Silver State Equality, André C. Wade, State Director
SOJOURN, Rebecca Stapel-Wax, Executive Director
Solano Pride Center, Jonathan Cook, Executive Director
Somos Familia, Joshua Delfin, Board Member
South Florida Afro Pride Federation, Donald Gunder, CEO
South Orange Middle School, Johanna Barnhart, Dr.
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), Patti Caldwell, Interim Executive Director
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, AJ Tiedeman, Program Manager
Southern Poverty Law Center, Margaret Huang, President & CEO
Southwest Center, Dolph Goldenburg, Interim Executive Director
SpeakOUT Boston, Ellyn Ruthstrom, Executive Director
Spectrum Center Spokane, SR Ross, Education Director
St Pete Pride, Chrys Bundy, President
St. John’s United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN, Mimi White, Associate Pastor
Stanislaus LGBTQ+ Collaborative 4/ Well Being, John Aguirre, Coordinator
Still Bisexual, Nicole Kristal, President
Stonewall Alliance & Stonewall Sports Pittsburgh, Rob Anderson, Executive Director
Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol, Sean Redmond, Executive Director
Stonewall Columbus, Gerry Rodriguez, President of the Board of Trustees
Stonewall Democratic Club, Drexel Heard II, Community Vice-President
Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio, Stella Shaw, President
Stonewall National Museum & Archives, Hunter O’Hanian, Executive Director
Stonewall Sports - Columbus, Robert Leis, President
Stonewall Sports - New Orleans, Alexander W. Kuehr, Commissioner
Stonewall Sports - Raleigh, NC, Davey Goodhart, National Board Representative
Stonewall Sports Cleveland, Patty Hace, Board Chair
Stonewall Sports Kansas City, Jared Horman, Commissioner
Stonewall Sports Philadelphia, Matt Forrest, Commissioner
Stonewall Sports, Inc, Andy Palermo, President
SunServe, Shelley Goren, Interim Executive Director
Survivors’ Pathway, Francesco Duberli, Chief executive Officer
Tallahassee Gay Athletic Associate, Mark Barr, Executive Director
Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber, Justice Gennari, President & CEO
TAMPA PRIDE, INC, CARRIE West, President
TargetCue, Cathy Renna, Principal
TBuddy, Dani Farrell, Founder & CEO
Team DC, Brent Minor, Executive Director
Temple Emanuel, Mark H Levine, Director of Congregational Learning
Tennessee Equality Project, Chris Sanders, executive director
Texas Pride Impact Funds, Ron Guillard, Board President
The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth, Pauline Green, Executive Director
The AMAAD Institute (Arming Minorities Against Addiction & Disease), Carl Highshaw, Executive Director
The Box Gallery, Rolando Barrero, LGBTQ+ Business Owner
The Bros in Convo Initiative, Daniel J. Downer, Executive Director
The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Rehana Mohammed, Board Chair
The Diversity Center, Sharon E Papo, Executive Director
The Dolphin Democrats - Broward County, Alfredo Olvera, President
The Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment, Lydia X. Z. Brown, Founder and Volunteer Director
The Gala Pride and Diversity Center, Michelle Call, Executive Director
The Gender & Family Project of the Ackerman Institute, Jean Malpas, Executive Director
The GenderCool Project, Jen Grosshandler , Co-Founder
The Great Griffon, David Beck, Founder, Artistic Director
The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston, Joan Ilacqua, Executive Director
The Karpel Group, Craig Karpel, President
The Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (NY), Glennda Testone, Executive Director
The LGBT Bar Association of New York, Eric Leah, Executive Director
The LGBT Center of Greater Reading, Michelle Dech, Executive Director
The LGBT Center, NYC, Reg Calcagno, Senior Director of Government Affairs
The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, Raul Rodriguez, Community Engagement
The LGBT Pink Panthers Movement, Faith Alastair, President
The LGBTQ Center in South Bend, IN, H.R. Jung, Executive Director
The LGBTQ Center Long Beach, Porter Gilberg, Executive Director
The LOFT LGBT Community Services Center, Judy Troilo, Executive Director
The Montrose Center, Ann J. Robison, PhD, Executive Director
The OUT Foundation, John Valdez, Executive Director
The Pride Center at Equality Park, Robert Boo, CEO
The Pride Center of Maryland, Mimi Demissew, Executive Director
The Pride Network, Jacob Rudolph, Executive Director
The San Diego LGBT Community Center, Cara Dessert, CEO
The Source LGBT+ Center, Brian Poth, Executive Director
The Spahr Center, Dana Van Gorder, Executive Director
the Stonewall Chorale, Michael Conwill, President
The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative , Stacy Lentz , CEO
The TransLatin@ Coalition, Bamby Salcedo, President/CEO
The Trevor Project, Amit Paley, CEO
The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Jocelyn Samuels, Executive Director
Thrive LGBTQ+, Randy Thomas, Executive Director
Thrive Youth Center, Greg Casillas, Assistant Director & Life Skills Program Manager
TPAN, Julie Supple, Interim CEO/Director of Client Services
Trans Can Work, Allison VanKuiken, Executive Director
Trans In Color, Dani Farrell, Founder & CEO
Trans Pride March @ St Pete Pride, Nathan Bruemmer, Founder
Trans Research Lab—University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stephanie Budge, Associate Professor
TransFamily Support Services , Kathie Moehlig, Executive Director
Transgender Children’s Legal Defense Fund, Benjamin Cooper, President of the Board
Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT), Emmett Schelling, Executive Director
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), Andy Marra, Executive Director
Transgender Michigan, Susan Crocker, Operations Director
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, Adrien Lawyer, Co-Director
Transgender Training Institute, Eli R. Green, Founder
TransInclusive Group, Inc, Tatiana Williams, Executive Director
TransNewYork, Gennifer herley, Executive Director
TransOhio, James Knapp, Chair & Executive Director
Transpire Trainings & Consulting, LLC, Landon (LJ) Woolston, Founder
TransPonder, Oblio Z Stroyman, Interim Executive Director
TriVersity Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Steven Teague, Executive Director
True Colors United, Gregory Lewis, Executive Director & CEO
True Colors, Inc., Robin McHaelen, Executive Director
Truth Wins Out, Wayne Besen, Executive Director
UFCW OUTreach, Michele Kessler, Chair
Under The Arc, Arthur Dawkins, Founder
Union des personnes luttant contre la discrimination et la stigmatisation, Museau, Muler
Unity Coalition|Coalicion unida, Herb Sosa, director & CEO
Unity Fellowship Social Justice Center, Rev Benita Ramsey, Senior Pastor
Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance (UGLA), Carl Matthes, President
Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce, Tracey Dean , President
Utah Pride Center, Robert Moolman, Executive Director
Valley Community Healthcare, Kevin Weiler, Director
Values Into Action, Marian Frattarola-Saulino, Co-Founder and CEO
Virtual Arizona Pride, David Boyles, Co-Founder
Visuality, Inc., Arlene Goldberg, Vice President, Board of DIrectors
Voices4, Oliver Fuhrmann, Lead Organizer
Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Inc., Kathy Cameron, Executive Director
Watermark Publishing Group, Rick Claggett, Owner/Publisher
Waves Ahead & SAGE PR, Wilfred Labiosa, Executive Director
WayOUT, Alexa Porges, Head of Impact
We Matter Winchester, William Wright, Administrator
Webster University - Main campus, Hemla D Singaravelu, Professor
Whatcom PFLAG, Diana Campbell, Co-chair Whatcom PFLAG
White Mountains Pride, Christopher Bellis, Acting President
Wild Geese Foundation, Susan Hyde, Executive Director
WildTinyProducitons, “WildTiny” Natalie Coblentz, Creative Director
William Way LGBT Community Center, Philadelphia, Chris Bartlett, Executive Director
Wilmington Transgender Supportive Services, Kendall Tidey, Transgender support group facilitator
Wilmington/Northern Delaware, Jim Bianchetta, President
Wisconsin Trans Health Coalition, Ben Andert, Core Team member
Woodhull Freedom Foundation, Ricci Levy, President & CEO
www.cybersynagogue.com, Stephanie Shore, Rabbi
Wynwood Pride, Anna Margarita Albelo, Executive Director
Wyoming Equality, Sara Burlingame, Executive Director
Yakima Pride, Joshua Hastings, Vice President
Yale GALA: Yale’s LGBT Alumni, Mickey Dobbs, Co-President
Young Democrats of Georgia LGBTQ+ Caucus, Matt Southwell, Secretary
Youth Outlook, Nancy Mullen, Executive Director
Youth Seen, Tara Jae, Executive Director
Zebra Coalition, Heather Wilkie, Executive Director

List of Signers updated to June 5, 2020