As the year draws to a close, we want to thank you for everything you’ve done to make our unions, workplaces, and communities better for LGBTQ working people. Despite the challenges of this year, you showed up, you did the work, and we’re all moving forward because of it.
Pride at Work has been there too.
· We created one of the first and most comprehensive COVID-19 resources for LGBTQ working people.
· We endorsed Joe Biden for president, our first endorsement of a presidential candidate in our history, and then worked hard to get him elected. We held online rallies, virtual brunches, and educational events.
· We took a stand for Black lives and will continue to push labor leaders to not only say “Black Lives Matter” but to put their money where their mouths are.
Labor leaders must demand the shift in resources from policing to education, health, protecting the environment, jobs, and other social services. They must also work to end the white supremacy and straight male dominance that penetrates the top levels of management and executive boards in the labor movement. The leaders of the labor movement should be as diverse as our members. It’s time for marginalized communities to be lifted up as the faces and leaders of our movement.
2020 is a year none of us will forget soon. Globally, we have faced a once-in-a-century pandemic that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives. Nationally, the fallout from the pandemic has created the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Layered on top of that, the scourge of systemic racism and police brutality in America boiled over into righteous anger and demands for justice and change.
There have also been some amazing advances in 2020 as well. After a Supreme Court ruling in June, LGBTQ working people are now protected by federal law from discrimination on the job. We also saw the Supreme Court stop this Administration’s dismantling of the DACA program, so thousands of Dreamers have been able to maintain their status in the program. And, most importantly, voters chose to change course and put a pro-equality, pro-worker, pro-union president in the White House.
We need to hold this new administration accountable to the bold and substantial promises they made. We have to press forward on important legislation, like the Equality Act and certain reforms to our democratic institutions. And as we look toward what the end of the COVID crisis will look like, we need to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on our community and others.
We are stronger together. Bring it 2021.
Pride At Work