The theme for NYC Pride 2021 is “The Fight Continues” reflecting the multitude of battles we’ve been fighting as a country and as a city. With the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing, issues of police brutality, the alarming murder rate for trans POC, economic hardship, climate disasters, violent efforts to disenfranchise voters, our rights as a community being questioned at the level of the Supreme Court, and more, we are in the midst of many different fights.
The fight continuing is also something we are quite familiar with at Sylvia Rivera’s Place. Our work – and everything we do - is inspired by the life and advocacy of Sylvia Rivera, Stonewall Veteran and fierce defender of the rights of transgender and marginalized people. Sylvia fought so hard then, and we continue her fight now.
Sylvia’s Place has helped over 15,000 queer youth since it’s founding more than 15 years ago. The vast majority of those who have called Sylvia’s Place home over the years are people of color, and many are trans-identified. It was Sylvia’s passion that made Pride month happen, that started Sylvia’s Place Homeless Youth Shelter, which inspired so many to turn Sylvia Rivera’s Place into what it is today.
In addition to our fight for the LGBTQIA+ community, we are still facing the repercussions of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and the challenges it brought to our community, and food pantry. We still are seeing an increased demand and shortage of food distribution.
Please consider making a donation during this pride season to support the life changing work of Sylvia Rivera’s Place/MCCNY Charities! You can help us shape the future of our community.
Through your kindness today you’ll enable us to continue our work dedicated to Homeless Queer Youth and to expand our drop-in services. We are currently developing new programming and groups for Trans POC - to further Supplement our GenderPeople and Bread of Life programming.
**** Happy Pride and thank you for supporting our community!