Celebrating the LGBTIQA+ community
This month, IDEA News and Updates is dedicated to the celebration of Pride month, and to demonstrate solidarity and support for LGBTIQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and/or Questioning, and Asexual and/or Ally, plus any additional non-cisgender and non-straight identities which are not included in the acronym) community in the fundraising sector and beyond.

We encourage you to stand and celebrate with us by learning about the history of Pride and honoring the contributions and legacies of those who started the movement that continues today.
One impactful way to demonstrate your solidarity is to prioritize and center the voices and stories of the LGBTIQA+ community, not just during Pride month, but throughout the year. We encourage you to hear directly from our AFP and fundraising colleagues about their experiences and perspectives on fundraising as a self-identified member of the LGBTIQA+ community below.

Although much work remains to ensure equitable rights for the LGBTIQA+ community, we work in concert with other AFP chapters across the world to advance and promote inclusion, diversity, equity and access in support of our nonprofit partners and colleagues who identify and serve the LGBTIQA+ community through our activism, services, philanthropy, and allyship.
We are #OneAFP. 
Additional Resources for Reflection
To learn more about the acronyms used within the LGBTIQA+ community and how to appropriately use gender-neutral pronouns, we recommend the following resources for guidance and support:

Other Exciting News

In June, President Joe Biden signed a bill acknowledging Juneteenth a federal holiday in the United States!
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. (juneteenth.com)
With this recent affirming of history, we encourage you to start where you are at to learn more and reflect on the importance of Juneteenth, to determine how to honor this holiday in a respectful and compassionate way, going forward. Here’s some links/ways to get you started:

About the IDEA Committee

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee helps to set the tone and culture for AFP-GLAC and is responsible for creating and promoting safe spaces within the chapter for AFP-GLAC members, board leadership, program presenters, independent contractors and program content. It is comprised of board members and members who are committed to ensuring that the voices, perspectives and experiences of underrepresented groups are elevated, amplified and celebrated throughout the chapter and sector. 
Join Us

If you want to make an impact and promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and access through AFP-GLAC and in your own non-profit, join the I.D.E.A. Committee.
Please email  idea@afpglac.org for more information!
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