On behalf of The Pride Tree, I would like to thank everyone that participated in our “30 days of Pride '' events and activities. While this was our first year, we're already excited for next year's 30 Days of Pride! Some significant highlights this month for me were our LGBTQ+ roundtable with Susie Lee, watching videos from honorees and raising awareness of Pride Tree through building relationships. I also enjoyed growing our social media, and of course, fundraising to meet our long-term goals as an organization.
Our next event is our July Back to School fundraiser. Our goal is to raise $4,800 by August 1, 2021. It cost $400 to send one student to camp. Your donations help us create inclusive and accessible programming for LGBTQ+ youth and allies. Cost for campers covers campground fees, food, insurance, supplies, transportation, etc. While it costs $400 to send one child to Camp Pride Tree, we strive to make all our programming 100% free for our youth participants and are grateful for your support!
Our goal is to raise $35,000 by summer 2022, to have a successful Camp Pride Tree experience for our LGBTQ+ youth and allies. We are asking for support in every way, whether volunteering, donating, following, sharing, and being open to new conversations and ideas. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday!
Director of Fundraising
Pride Month is a month of celebrating and highlighting LGBTQ+ culture and voices. It is also a month to commemorate the struggle for respect and equality while acknowledging the battles for justice that have been won. This month of celebration has always been heavily influenced by activism and commemoration of lives that have been lost within the community.
Pride Month is typically celebrated in June to ensure we remember the events of Stonewall, the gay club raided by police that led to massive unrest in New York. Today, as there is nationwide critique of the policies and laws that continue to oppress a myriad of communities, it is especially important to dissect and address the challenges of every member of the LGBTQ+ community. Progress in our community has not been felt equally by all members. There is still work to be done. More importantly, it is paramount to acknowledge how those in our community who are the most impacted by -isms risk the most in being visible, active, and steadfast. While we are a community, it would be ingenuous to say the consequences of being visible, active, and steadfast are equally distributed. This month as we highlight the progress of the LGBTQ+ movement, we also acknowledge the issues that still need to be tackled in moving towards ensuring a more inclusive future. This translates to learning about and leveraging the privileges one may have, creating truly collaborative spaces, and minding how the definition of allyship changes in response to our dynamic world.
With these thoughts in mind, enjoy the parades. Take part in the celebrations and lively events that make June so colorful. Pride Month is a reminder of how to practice self care and continuing to build on the progress made so far. Pride Tree’s 30 Days of Pride kicks off with our Visit with an Artist event, a fun, interactive program led by local artists. We will also be hosting an online discussion of The Prom, a 2020 musical comedy about Broadway stars who befriend a young teen who wants to go to prom with her girlfriend. Throughout the month you can participate in our Fun Run, a virtual 5k, by signing up and participating or by donating to a runners’ page.
Having a safe and inclusive community brings a togetherness that benefits mental health and increases a sense of belonging. We are actively creating the community we want to see.
Plant your roots, and stay connected with our community: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
-Angelique Burton, Director of Advocacy
As we enter May, we are fast approaching the end of the academic school year. For many students, families, and educators, this year has been one of the most, if not THE most, challenging educational experience of their lifetime. The hardships of the pandemic were felt in classrooms throughout the world, both virtual and in person.
The year 2020 was filled with a tremendous amount of social change and upheaval. Over the course of days, Las Vegas schools, hotels, and businesses closed their doors and entered a period of great uncertainty. As the world adjusted to the “new normal,” the world also began reflecting on the ways in which the “old normal” could be improved.