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In This Issue:
M4BL + #Pride + #ImmigrantHeritageMonth
Featuring several stars of RuPaul's Drag Race: Nina West, Jackie Cox, Brita Filter, and Jaida Essence Hall
Voting, like the art of drag, is a way to stand up and speak out about issues impacting our communities. We're proud to partner with Drag Out the Vote in this urgent moment to call for action and fight for LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice, education, and health care."
— Ambalika Williams, Planned Parenthood
We partnered with Drag Out the Vote to present "Sashay to the Polls," a virtual roundtable discussion featuring several stars of RuPaul's Drag Race: Nina West, Jackie Cox, Brita Filter, and Jaida Essence Hall. Watch the queens discuss the art and activism of drag, and why it's important to use their voices, their platforms, and their platform heels to get out the vote in 2020 and beyond.
Pride was born out of resistance and protest. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March, held in New York City on June 28, 1970, on the first anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. The Stonewall Uprising was led in part by transgender women of color in protest of state-sanctioned violence by police toward LGBTQ+ people, and sparked the modern LGBTQ+ movement. Despite the progress made in the years since Stonewall, this year's Pride Month comes at an explosive time.

We're still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the policing of Black bodies continues, and on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the Trump administration released a rule that removes health care protections for LGBTQ+ people, particularly transgender people.

While LGBTQ+ communities have historically shown us the power of resistance, their ability to access health care, raise their families, and live their most authentic lives is under continued attack. These attacks are heightened for Black LGBTQ+ people who still face oppression and violence at the intersections of racism, homophobia, and transphobia. We've seen examples of this in recent weeks as America mourns Black lives lost to police and racial violence, including the rampant violence against Black transgender women. The fights for LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights, and racial justice are intersectional.

(noun — coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw)
"The complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect, especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups." — Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

When you have full bodily autonomy, you have the ability to make personal decisions about your body with dignity and without judgment. It is the freedom to live without the policing of your livelihood. If Black people don't have the right to bodily autonomy to live their daily lives — or protest the deep racism of American culture — without fear of violence or murder, we can never achieve justice, let alone reproductive freedom.

This Pride Month, Planned Parenthood stands in solidarity with protestors in the Black Lives Matter movement, including Black LGBTQ+ people, whose health and lives are most at risk. To dismantle systemic racism, homophobia, and transphobia, we must stand in solidarity with protestors demanding change through uprisings and demonstrations, regardless of whether they're peaceful, or not.
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Immigrants Rights Are Reproductive Rights. Planned Parenthood Celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month
Immigrants are a vital part of the Planned Parenthood community, and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We must put an end to harmful anti-immigration enforcement tactics that prevent people from living healthy, empowered lives. We celebrate #ImmigrantHeritageMonth to honor the life, dignity, and empowerment of immigrants around the world. Share your health care and immigration story. #CelebrateImmigrants
What we're listening to:
Life. Death. Sex. w/ Nikki Boyer
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It's #Pride all month long, but this week was also the start of Men's Health Week! Listen to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's own Dr. Bhavik Kumar talk about how you can take care of your health and show up for your communities.
The Movement for Black Lives
Planned Parenthood stands with the Movement for Black Lives' call to defund the police, which means investing in community-based solutions, education, and health care, instead of militarized police forces.
  • Defunding and divesting from the police looks different in every city and requires participation from the community, including ours.
  • We stand with the Movement for Black Lives, which seeks to prioritize programs that strengthen Black communities, creating communities that are safe and sustainable.
  • We're calling for a shift from a militarized police force to a model that promotes community support and connects individuals to available services.
  • We're seeking to prioritize public health approaches over further investment in policing.
What we're reading:
+ So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?
+ What Is Intergenerational Trauma? An Expert Explains
+ Trump Administration Erases Trans Health Protections on Pulse Anniversary
+ After The Black Squares Fiasco, Will #ShareTheMicNow Be An Effective Form Of Allyship?
+ Puerto Rico's Governor Signs New Law That Removes Many Of The Island's Protections For Women And The LGBTQ Community
TBH (To Be Honest) is a monthly newsletter dedicated to learning about our bodies, talking about sex and relationships, and challenging health inequity and injustice. Send us your feedback.

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