Racism & Oppression Awareness Program (ROAP)
As Pride organizers, racism and oppression is an issue we have to deal with regularly. The question is, how do we identify this, and what are the potential solutions?
Additionally, many may still be unclear about what constitutes racism, unconscious bias, prejudice, micro-aggression, oppression, colorism, colonialism, and how these are all interconnected. The ability to understand and learn about these will help us become inclusive leaders while creating a safer space for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities.
Racial justice issues are fundamental to InterPride, and we have been working very hard to ensure we are communicating this as a priority.
With this in mind, we are launching our first ever Racism & Oppression Awareness Program (ROAP) in October 2021. We will organize a series of initiatives that would include:
- InterPride Anti-Racism statement (see below)
- Launch Event of ROAP (see details below)
- Webinars and Ted-Talks style live sessions
- Reading materials, list of trainers, and other resources on InterPride’s website
- Social media posts with stories, videos, resources, and other reading materials
Some of the issues we plan to discuss:
- Understanding racism and oppression around the world - What can Pride organizers do?
- Violence faced by transgender and gender-nonconforming people of color
- Immigrants in the European Union
- Colorism, the caste system, and discrimination in Asia
- Working with Indigenous Communities
- Police brutality and police engagement - What can Pride organizers do?
- Working towards more inclusive leadership on the Boards of Pride organizations
- How can Pride organizers be at the forefront of racial justice, inclusion, and creating a safe space for BIPOC individuals?
We recognize that education and advocacy of racism and oppression is a 365-day effort. As such, we will be launching various programs throughout the year to raise awareness and educate Pride organizers worldwide. These initiatives will be promoted on our website and social media platforms.
Through these efforts, we hope that we can help contribute towards the much needed progressive change within the global LGBTQI+ community.
If you are interested in contributing content for the ROAP initiative please complete the form below:
If you have more questions or would like to be involved in any of the ROAP initiatives, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
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InterPride Anti-Racism Statement
As an organization representing the global LGBTQIA+ Pride movement, InterPride acknowledges that our community is no stranger to the systemic racism against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, shown starkly through some forms of violence in their daily lives.
Over the last 50 years of the LGBTQIA+ movement-building, the violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color - especially Black trans women - undeniably demonstrates ongoing structural systems of oppression and racism added to the unjust police brutality, reminding us that our work is far from done.
InterPride is committed to supporting the global Black Lives Matter movement during this critical time and doing the hard work required to address all marginalized people's injustices within our organization and communities face. To make these actions concrete with long-term impacts that will bring change within our organization and beyond, we will launch our Racism and Oppression Awareness Program in November. Additionally, we have committed to direct donations received through Global Pride 2020 to support anti-racism programs by Pride organizations worldwide.
We all understand that we need to be part of the solution. As we continue to work toward our vision of a world where there is full cultural, social, and legal equality, we believe this moment is especially critical. We must form broad coalitions committed to addressing the deep forms of structural racism that persistently manifest as forms of violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
We hold our entire Board accountable and urge every member of our committees to take concrete actions by building and setting up anti-racism, anti-oppression, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion training and educational resources. We commit to providing education to our membership organizations, partner organizations, friends, families, and communities about unconscious bias and institutionalized racism. We will persistently be the people in the room that call attention to issues of social injustice.
We call Pride organizations worldwide to join this movement and take the steps needed to end systemic racism.
Leave no one behind!