Pride and Protest
June 2020 marks WJCS Center Lane’s 25th anniversary and the celebration of Pride Month, a declaration and demonstration of solidarity for the LGBTQ+ community. From its inception, the Pride Movement represented a true cross-section of humanity. Trans and Cis people of all races, backgrounds, and ages, marched and worked together with the common goal of affirming the humanity of LGBTQ+ people and our fundamental right to live freely and without fear of violence from our neighbors or our government.
The first Pride March took place in 1970. It started as a protest against targeting, arrest, exploitation, and violence against the LGBTQ+ community by police. This year we protest again. All around us we see the struggle for equality continue. The need is apparent in the disproportionate impact the current pandemic has had on the Black, Indigenous, and non-white community, people living in poverty, and LGBTQ+ people. It is demonstrated in the stark reality that Black people are policed with more suspicion, more violence, and more impunity than others. It is obvious in the shocking images and videos of peaceful protesters being met with arrest, tear gas, rubber bullets and death.
Until every person has the full ability to not just survive, but thrive, our work continues. We walk in the footsteps of giants like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and Stormé DeLarverie, and continue their focus on the members of our LGBTQ+ community who have the least access and are most impacted by the injustices in our world.
We will celebrate Pride as an affirmation of our right to exist and our responsibility to fight for the rights of all in our LGBTQ+ community and beyond. We look forward to your participation, your support, and your solidarity.
Happy Pride from Center Lane!
Lisa Scott, Center Lane Director
If you’re interested in learning more about LGBTQ+ history, culture and their intersections, check out these podcasts:
Code Switch Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on, providing the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch
Hoodrat to Headwrap A Decolonized Podcast for lovers on the margins, join your resident sexuality educator Ericka Hart and Deep East Oakland's very own Ebony Donnley, as we game give, dismantle white supremacy and kiki in the cosmos somewhere between radical hood epistemological black queer love ethics, pop culture, house plants and a sea of books. https://soundcloud.com/user-501838661
Making Gay History is a treasure of interviews from the people who pioneered the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movements. Hear history come alive in the voices of people who started organizations like ACT UP, the Daughters of Bilitis, the Mattachine Society, and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR). https://makinggayhistory.org/
Nancy is a critically-acclaimed podcast featuring queer stories and conversations, and hosted by two best friends, neither of whom are named Nancy. It’s a podcast about how we define ourselves, and the journey it takes to get there: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/nancy
Looking for support for LGBTQ+ youth in Westchester County?
WJCS Center Lane is where LGBTQ+ youth create community, connect with culture, and contribute to the world! For 25 years, we have been the only program in Westchester County dedicated exclusively to serving LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-21 by providing psychoeducational programming in welcoming spaces facilitated by caring and supportive adult experts. At Center Lane programs, youth make friends, discuss issues that are important to them, problem-solve with the help of their peers, and engage as leaders. In 2019, WJCS Center Lane served a total of 2,581 people, including 1,155 youth and 1,426 adults who participated in Center Lane trainings, presentations, programming, and events throughout Westchester County. www.centerlaneny.org
The Trevor Project – www.thetrevorproject.org
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25 through hotline and text support.
Children’s Village operates The Sanctuary, a warm, inviting alternative to frightening and dangerous nights on the streets. Youth ages 12 and 17 can come to the shelters any time day or night, call the hotlines, speak to a Street Outreach worker, or ask for help from a police officer, guidance counselor, or other professional.
My Sisters' Place – www.mspny.org
My Sisters’ Place strives to end domestic violence and human trafficking by providing free, confidential supportive and legal services, education, and outreach throughout Westchester.
Planned Parenthood - https://www.plannedparenthood.org/
Planned Parenthood is committed to personal, sexual, reproductive, and gender-affirming health care. They find ways to get care and information to the people who need it most — going over, under, and through barriers to get there.
The LOFT: The LGBT Community Center of the Lower Hudson Valley http://www.loftgaycenter.org/
The LOFT provides a safe gathering place for the LGBTQ and supportive community of the Lower Hudson Valley, facilitating a wide range of educational, health, social service, and recreational programs for people 18 and over.