In February 2018, Liberty Hill partnered with the Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network of Southern California—one of our grantees fighting to empower and train young LGBTQ leaders—to call on Los Angeles County elected officials to address issues of disproportionate criminalization and abusive treatment of LGBTQ youth of color.
With June being Pride Month, it's the perfect time to shine a light on the progressive work being birthed out of a continued fight for equity and liberation in this space.
It was the kind of warm and sunny winter’s day that makes L.A. feel truly special. But for the donor activists and foundation partners attending Liberty Hill’s Queer Youth Power van tour, the day was about celebrating another side of Los Angeles: its powerful, and often pioneering, legacy as a launch pad for LGBTQ liberation.
A resilient multiracial, Black and Ingenious Trans-Gender-Non-Conforming femme youth of color and advocate.
Mayor Garcetti made Shane and her wife Monica the first gay couple to get married in the city of Los Angeles.
Liberty Hill's Queer Youth Fund Announces 2012 Grants of $500,000 To Advance Safety, Self-Determination Queer Youth Fund Announces 2012 and Justice for LGBTQ Youth
Moments ago, I saw a tweet that said: “PROPOSITION 8 FOUND UNCONSTITUTIONAL.” At first, I didn’t believe it. Seconds later, I saw other tweets that filled in more of the story. I shared the good news with my colleagues, and Liberty Hill’s offices were filled with shrieks of joy, high fives, and genuine excitement.
I thought of my grandmother.
Earlier this week, she asked me when I was going to get married. I told her that first I needed to find someone suitable to marry, and second, Proposition 8 needed to be repealed. She said that she’d gladly tell the powers that be to repeal Prop 8 but didn’t think they’d listen to an old Black woman. I thanked her and told her not to underestimate her power. In the mean time, she said she’d be on the lookout for a suitable husband.
I am terribly troubled--and you probably are too--by the intolerance and outright hatred we're seeing manifested throughout our society today.
Tomorrow, Liberty Hill will launch a custom track of its Wally Marks Leadership Institute.
Today's L.A. Times has a story about a new school for LGBT teens. Many of our grantee partners who have worked to end harassment of LGBT teens don't see isolating young people as the solution. That's why Liberty Hill has invested in AB537 and other protections designed to protect all students, straight, questioning or queer in every school in California. What do you think? Leave a comment below.