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Our content creation team works to improve the ways we tell stories so that we can best connect with our communities. We sat down with Shannon Green, Sr. Multimedia Producer (Podcast) who has been a part of this important team since 2009. Shannon oversees the collaboration strategies for our podcasts and shared some of the methods...

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"Being an ally has many meanings to me. I believe "Being an ally has many meanings to me. I believe that when it is time to stand up for the LGBTQA+ community, an ally should be there. When someone puts down the community in any fashion, I believe it’s important to say, 'I’m an ally, I support their community and what you’re saying is not okay.'
I also think it’s taking the time to say, 'I’m an ally. I don’t know everything within the community but I’m here to learn so I can support to the best of my ability.' Being an ally is always remaining open to learning how I can continuously be a better person and support system." - Raquel

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This is one of the most famous quotes to come out This is one of the most famous quotes to come out of the Stonewall Riots. Uttered by Latina LGBTQ activist Sylvia Rivera, this statement served as a rallying cry for many who were afraid of the violence that occurred at Stonewall. Rivera knew the dangers, but also knew that the risk was worth the potential reward. She knew that the queer community had been put down for long enough and was ready to fight for their rights and for their voice. Participating in the riots at only 17 years old, Rivera was an inspiration to many.

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"I have been a PROUD ally of the LGBTQ+ community "I have been a PROUD ally of the LGBTQ+ community since my best friend came out to me in high school. I take PRIDE in being a safe person to come out to, talk to, or confide in." - Aimee (She/Her)

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Chaz Salvatore Bono is an American writer, musicia Chaz Salvatore Bono is an American writer, musician and actor. His parents are entertainers Sonny Bono and Cher, and he became widely known in appearances as a child on their television show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. 

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Christine Jorgensen was one of the first people to Christine Jorgensen was one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery, and the first to publicly speak about the process. While many decried her decision as unnatural, she made the bold assertion that nature was wrong in putting her into a man’s body, and that the reassignment surgery made things right. Her advocacy aimed to normalize transgenderism and allow those who identified as trans to understand and accept themselves for who they truly are.

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"Pride Month gives me the ability and space to loo "Pride Month gives me the ability and space to look back and see how far we have come as LGBTQ+ people but also sit and dream of what is yet to come on this continued fight for equality." - Kevin H
Baldwin's greatest achievement as a writer was his Baldwin's greatest achievement as a writer was his ability to address American race relations from a psychological perspective. In his essays and fiction he explored the implications of racism for both the oppressed and the oppressor, suggesting repeatedly that all people suffer in a racist climate. His intersectional identity as a black gay man contributed to his profound and highly admired perspectives.

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"Pride is standing in your own shoes, and loving t "Pride is standing in your own shoes, and loving the person and journey that those shoes bear witness to." - Jackie 

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Audre Lorde described herself as a “black, lesbi Audre Lorde described herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” In her writing, she frequently expressed her anger at the treatment of people of color, women, and LGBTQ folk. In the above quotation, she calls for others to express their anger. To many in the queer community, staying silent and in the closet felt like a safety blanket. However, Lorde encouraged them to step out into the light, telling them that the only true safety is in making yourself known and demanding the acceptance and respect that is your right.

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"There will be people who read this and feel they "There will be people who read this and feel they aren’t strong enough to live their truth, to be themselves. Look. You’re already you. The question is how long you can live pretending to be only half of you, or to be someone else altogether. I will never again define my life choices by someone else’s shame. That is pride. " - Duante (He/Him)

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DaShanne Stokes is an author, sociologist, public DaShanne Stokes is an author, sociologist, public speaker and pundit. He speaks on politics, culture, and civil rights and is known as a progressive activist. 

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"Be you. The world will adjust. (And forever with "Be you. The world will adjust. (And forever with her ❤️)" - Erin (She/Her)

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The President signed bipartisan legislation to rep The President signed bipartisan legislation to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell on December 22, 2010, allowing gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans to serve openly in the Armed Forces without fear of being dismissed from service because of who they are and who they love, putting in motion the end of a discriminatory policy that ran counter to American values.

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"PRIDE to me means remembering the beautiful souls "PRIDE to me means remembering the beautiful souls who have crossed my life's path, like my friend Donathyn J. Rodgers (killed in Cleveland, OH, 11/15/2005), and celebrating their life while honoring their memory." Evan (he/him)

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If you aren’t familiar with the name “Bayard R If you aren’t familiar with the name “Bayard Rustin,” you may recognize one of his closest associates: Martin Luther King Jr. Rustin was an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement, fighting not only for the rights of African Americans, but for the LGBTQ community as well. Rustin urged the disenfranchised to engage in civil disobedience to get their points across to the majority, encouraging those who wanted to fight for their rights to be unafraid to speak up and act out to demand them.

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