Buddies Cares Pride Initiative

#LoveisLove

As a continuation of the Buddies Cares program, we partnered with organizations making a difference in the day-to-day lives of LGBTQ+ and marginalized communities on a local level, across the West Coast.

The LGBTQ+ movement owes the Pride we have today to lovers and fighters like Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman, and her Latinx trans friend, Sylvia Rivera.  These women took a stand on the frontlines of protests against oppressive policing in the 1960s, the height of the gay liberation movement and the civil rights movement. Johnson and Rivera went on to establish Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a street activist organization that also provided safe places and spaces to queer youth and sex workers experiencing homelessness.

Systemic racism, individual racism, and intentionally-embedded disparities in society make basic human rights and needs less accessible. Marginalized communities deserve the right and reach to safe spaces and places; The right and reach to fresh food and clean water; The right and reach to healing, healthcare, opportunities, transportation, living wages, voting, and education; The right and reach to love; The right and reach to live.

To truly live, we must be free to be ourselves. To truly be ourselves, we must be free to live.

We at Buddies Brand™ condemn racism in all its forms, individual and systemic. Violence, bigotry and prejudice have no place in our society. Lasting, meaningful change is long overdue. We firmly stand in solidarity with all those who seek to inspire this change.

You mattered then. You matter now.

To commemorate Pride month, we coordinated with nonprofit organizations offering a wide range of support to marginalized communities. Buddies Brand is contributing a portion of the sales of a curated selection of Liquid Diamonds™ strains to these efforts. Our goal is to collectively contribute $10,000 to these causes.

We encourage all of our Buddies Brand™ family to take a moment to look over the meritorious history of the organizations we’ve aligned with. If you have the means to contribute towards these fundraising efforts directly, you’ll be contributing towards worthy causes.

 

Oregon 

The Equi Institute

The Equi Institute’s mission is to enrich the health of the transgender, queer, gender expansive and intersex communities with trauma-informed care, gender-affirming services and social justice advocacy. We believe access to healthcare is a basic human right. Over the past four years we have provided life-saving, gender-affirming services to over 800 members of the LGBTQAI2S+ community. These services included primary care, gender-affirming surgery referrals, sexual health and wellness, patient advocacy, acupuncture, massage, counseling and trans health education. Over 85% of our patients are low income and over 35% of them have unstable or no housing. They are at the sharpest intersections of marginalization and often have the least access to medical care due to systemic oppression.

In the wake of the pandemic, we have pivoted to provide emergency COVID response efforts through the Creating Conscious Communities with People Outside Coalition. This unprecedented coalition between the City of Portland, JOIN office of houseless services, nonprofit organizations, grassroots groups and individual volunteers is coordinating three temporary tent villages for houseless Portlanders. Equi has been coordinating an equitable intake process for the tent villages to ensure that the most at-risk for COVID and the most marginalized members of our community are prioritized. That includes LGBTQAI2S+ folks, women, people over 50, Black/Indigenous people of color, people with high medical risk and people with disabilities. 

A partnership with Buddies is a big deal for this small, grassroots organization. We have largely done our work quietly in the background with very little access to funding and resources. A quiet, but large, impact. However, without community support like this, we would not be able to expand the services we provide or serve more people. Thank you, Buddies, for believing in our mission!” 

— Katie Cox, COO, The Equi Institute

 

California 

Project Q

“ProjectQ is a non-profit organization founded by Madin Lopez to help LGBTQIA+ homeless youth combat bullying, develop self-esteem, and find an identity for themselves through hair styling and self empowerment! While we serve all LGBTQIA+ homeless youth, we do prioritize black transgender youth. We do this because they are the most marginalized people within the LGBTQIA+ community and have higher rates of death, suicide, and family abandonment. 

Our goal is to use hair as a form of social justice and create a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth to find their identity. We want to help create a generation of youth that love themselves. We provide free gender affirming haircuts, self empowering workshops, gender affirming clothing, art therapy group, internships, menstrual products, hygiene kits, job placement, to LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness.

In direct response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have also created and distributed Food & Hygiene Boxes to LGBTQIA+ homeless youth as well as low income families.

We’re excited about partnering with Buddies because we believe in the partnership of larger companies and grassroots organizations like ProjectQ. It’s important to raise the awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues during the month of Pride and everyday before and after. We’re grateful that Buddies is using the platform they have to shed light on the issues that face the LGBTQIA+ community.” 

— Madin Lopez, Founder & Executive Director; Sabine Lopez, Director of Programs

Here’s a video highlighting what Project Q does.

 

Washington 

Peer Spokane / Seattle

Our Mission

“Peer Seattle is a non-profit corporation that cultivates powerful, healthy lives by providing peer emotional support and development services to the LGBTQ community and their allies embracing issues of mental health, chemical, and behavioral addiction, and chronic illness.”

Our Vision

“Peer Seattle envisions individuals in communities connected by the shared values of health and well-being, personal development, and compassionate support of one another.”

  – Joshua A. Wallace, Executive Director, Peer Seattle

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