Editor’s Note: This post was repurposed from a scholar essay written for the U.S. National Park Service on the national significance of the Stonewall uprising a year after New York City’s Stonewall Inn area was designated the country’s first LGTBQ national monument.
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Across the globe, June signals an opportunity for members of the LGBTQ community to celebrate their identities and the progress made in their fight for equality. This year—along with the usual parades and festivals—Pride Month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which many historians consider to be a key turning point in the LGBTQ civil rights movement.
At least 440 orangutans illegally kept or traded as pets were confiscated from Indonesian traffickers between 1993 and 2016—but only seven offenders were brought to justice, despite protections afforded to the critically endangered great apes in the Southeast Asian country. Throughout their 31-country range in Africa and Asia, thousands of apes are being lost to illicit trade every year, but inadequate domestic laws and law enforcement are failing to stop this multi-million-dollar industry, which adds to the species’ ongoing population declines.
On the third anniversary of the Pulse massacre in Orlando, Florida, Arcus honors those who lost their lives, their friends and families, the disaster’s survivors, and the LGBTQ leaders who rose from the ashes to create change in their communities. We’re privileged to have helped mobilize a philanthropic response to the tragedy, focusing our support on ensuring the communities most impacted had the support they needed to heal, organize, and build their capacity to become more visible, influential, and effective at advocating for their needs.
Every year on March 31, Trans Day of Visibility celebrates the global transgender community and raises awareness about the challenges faced by its members. We’ve compiled a handful of resources from our partners to equip trans people and their allies with media guides, history lessons, informational videos, and more.
Arcus today publishes a Request for Concepts, the initial step in a streamlined process for organizations to apply for Arcus funding to support LGBTQ social justice work. The deadline for responses to this open call is January 22, 2019.