This week we welcome UCLA Lambda LGBTQ+ Alumni Association Board Co-Chairs Jade Elyssa Rivera '20 (they/we) and Fabian Primera '19 (he/him) who share a message in recognition of Pride month and the thoughtful celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.
As we begin our Pride celebrations, we do well to remember that our movement for justice is built upon generations of leaders who came before us. Though significant strides have been made over the decades, the obscene developments of anti-trans legislation and spike in hate crimes across the United States remind us how critical our collective activism is.
Our work is rooted in abolition and justice, with emphasis given to the wellbeing of our queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of color siblings.
This year, and every year, we celebrate who we are, what we do, and one another — on our own terms. Community spaces, such as ours, ground us in the “why” of what we do. In the wise words of Patrisse Cullors '12, "I am forever indebted to the community of friends, family and loved ones I have created over the years to hold one another and call ourselves into our own collective humanity. I value this community, the people that I call my team."
Jade Elyssa Rivera '20 (they/we) and Fabian Primera '19 (he/him)
UCLA Lambda LGBTQ+ Alumni Association
Our collective activism can benefit from our own understanding of our positionality in the movements we support. On June 10, learn from George Chacon '10 as he reflects on his activism and navigating his Latinx identity while serving on the board of directors of the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association. Register for EmPower Hour.
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Airing from 1992 to 2012, "In the Life" was the first nationally broadcast LGBTQ+ newsmagazine on public television. Today you can watch "In the Life" through the UCLA Library Film & Television Archive, caretakers of the series' 208 episodes encompassing historic moments in LGBTQ+ history.
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