Jeremy Pope Celebrates Pride Month by Helping LGBTQ+ Youth
The star of Netflix’s Hollywood revealed how he plans to fight to protect LGBTQ+ youth on June 5.
On Twitter, Pope reflected on how Pride Month 2020 felt different, describing it as “less like a celebration on the dance floor & more like a call to action.” With Pride parades canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the on-going protests against racial injustice sparked after the death of George Floyd, Pope’s words perfectly reflect the current climate.
this year’s #pride feels different. feels less like a celebration on the dance floor & more like a call to action. It’s up to our non black allies & supporters to protect the black & brown LGBTQ+ community as we to continue to demand justice against racial & gender inequalities.
— Jeremy Pope (@jrmypope) June 5, 2020
Due to this, Pope decided to celebrate Pride Month differently this year. On his Instagram, he announced he will be donating to True Colors United and Ali Forney Center. These organizations not only focus on advocating for LGBTQ+ rights but they also specifically work towards helping LGBTQ+ youth with issues regarding homelessness. According to True Colors United, LGBTQ+ youth is “120% more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers.”
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I am celebrating #pride🌈 by giving to @truecolorsunited & the @aliforneycenter both focused on protecting LGBTQ+ youth from the harms of homelessness. LGBTQ young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth. I am also joining @janetmock by giving to @transjusticefp which redirects funds directly to grassroots trans justice groups run by and for trans people. To our next generation of artist, activist, leaders & fighters. Keep pushing. Keep pressing. Forward
Pope will also join writer and director Janet Mock and donate to the Trans Justice Funding Project, a community-led organization that distributes funds to grassroots, trans justice groups. Since 2012, they have managed to raise over 2.7 million dollars to organizations that are run by and for trans people.
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Young, Gifted, and Black: We Fight Back! “It would be impossible for us as grantmakers to ignore what’s happening in the United States right now. There is no way to overstate how vital Black trans lives have been to the Trans Justice Funding Project, to the grassroots trans organizers we serve, to the trans justice movement as a whole. Unequivocally, absolutely, Black Lives Matter! TJFP is a Black, Brown, and Indigenous-led organization that has continuously prioritized moving resources across the country to support Black trans groups and organizations, while centering their experiences and leadership. It is an honor and a moral duty to do so.” Thank you @glorifice_ and @fwdtogether for this beautiful artwork! To view our full statement check the link in bio. #blacklivesmatter #transblacklivesmatter
You can also celebrate Pride Month by advocating for LGBTQ+ youth. Speak out, educate yourself, and donate to organizations if you can. If you need a place to start, you can click here to discover a list of LGBTQ+ organizations that are doing incredible work and that could use your help.