This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and our wedding date, June 26th, is the 5th year anniversary of marriage equality in America. While this progress has been achieved, the LGBTQIA+ community still has work to do to dismantle systemic racism, end police brutality, and fight for restorative justice. Pride would not exist without trans people of color and in many ways we owe our ability to live out and proud to the Black and Latinx activists who have put their bodies on the line over the years. Violence against Black and Latinx trans bodies has to change. Change is catalyzed by movements like we are seeing now. Out of pain and anger Pride is what emerges and out of that Pride comes progress.
Therefore, in celebration of our wedding and in honor of the Black and Latinx trans women who we owe so much to, we are asking our friends and family to donate to the Oakland LGBT Center. It is important to us to directly impact the community we live in and the center is Black led. It provides necessary medical and housing services to fellow LGBTQIA+ Oaklanders, many of whom are disproportionately affected by the Bay Area housing crisis.