As Oregon’s Oldest LGBTQ+ organization, the roots of Pride are something the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court would like to acknowledge as being a catalyst for our existence. At the forefront of these riots were trans women of color like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, pride itself owes its very existence to a riot.

With the murders of so many black people in America we recognize that now is a time for action. George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Andre Emmett, and many others all deserve to have justice. We are at a time where we recognize that our black community needs to be heard, respected, listened to and elevated.

We implore all our members to get involved directly to help. We ask that you help us stand up against racism, if you can donate monetarily, do so. We recommend The Black Resilience Fund or the local NAACP Chapter. Please consider joining our black brothers and sisters at the protests. We also encourage all our members to fundraiser for black specific organizations as they are hurting right now and need our help.

We also recognize that we are not perfect, that we have struggled to help and that we have plenty of room for growth. The Rose Court has always valued diversity. To continue our growth we have chosen to enroll ourselves in diversity, equity and inclusion training. This training will be mandatory for all board members and strongly encouraged for the rest of our organization. It is our hope that we will be able to recognize where we have faltered before and to build a new foundation of diversity where our BIPOC brothers and sisters can have a seat at the table, and have a platform to excel and shine.
We know that we have not done the best, but we are committed more than ever to stand up against racism and help our black brothers and sisters. We encourage all of you to take the stand with us.

#BlackLivesMatter

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