Our Organizational Pledge
The AFP Greater Atlanta Chapter pledges to:
- Advocate for the presence and power of Black people and other people of color in nonprofit leadership roles.
- Speak, act, and vote against systemic racism in our personal and professional spheres of influence.
- Offer our professional and monetary resources to organizations on the frontlines of ending racial inequality in America.
- Examine ways that we perpetuate systems that lead to oppression or exclusion and make institutional change accordingly.
In honor of pride month, we have provided the following selections and resources to further your education on LGBTQIA+ issues. We hope you’ll take a moment to dive into one of these materials!
- Call to account the philanthropic community to ensure equity in giving and in the distribution of resources.
June is Pride Month!
Making Gay History: Emotional glimpses into the lives of unsung, if not entirely sidelined, trailblazers who made their mark on the LGBTQ civil rights movement—people like Vito Russo, Jean O'Leary, Bayard Rustin, and Del Martin. Marcus, author of a 2002 book also titled Making Gay History, pulls from his own recorded archives and conducts original interviews to collage together episodes on heroes who deserve robust chapters in the history books.
LGBTQ&A: Produced by The Advocate magazine in conjunction with GLAAD, this pod features "weekly interviews with the most interesting LGBTQ+ people in the world." Both the host and guests live up to that bold claim, as Masters welcomes high-profile people like Pete Buttigieg, Holland Taylor, and Laverne Cox with his unique brand of probing curiosity. Don't miss the illuminating episode featuring actor, singer, and author François Clemmons, the gay man who played Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers Neighborhood.
Ted Talk Series: Celebrating (and deconstructing) the gender spectrum
The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.: A novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.
Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 by Sarah Schulman: Based on more than two hundred interviews with ACT UP members and rich with lessons for today’s activists, Let the Record Show is a revelatory exploration―and long-overdue reassessment―of the coalition’s inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture. Schulman, one of the most revered queer writers and thinkers of her generation, explores the how and the why, examining, with her characteristic rigor and bite, how a group of desperate outcasts changed America forever, and in the process created a livable future for generations of people across the world.
Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black, Milk chronicles the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who memorably made history as the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. Portrayed by Sean Penn, the drama explores his move from New York to San Francisco, where he settles in the Castro District and opens a camera shop as a safe haven for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as his murder at the hands of Dan White (Josh Brolin). The biopic received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning two for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Penn and Best Original Screenplay for Black.
Continuing on the “queer liberation didn’t start with Stonewall” front, here’s HBO Max’s original docuseries Equal. This four-part production highlights some of the forgotten heroes of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement, mixing archival footage with gripping reenactments to bring history to life for a 21st century audience. Narrated by Billy Porter, Equal’s cast includes Samira Wiley as Lorraine Hansberry, Jamie Clayton as Christine Jorgensen, Keiynan Lonsdale as Bayard Rustin, Anthony Rapp as Harry Hay, and Isis King as one of the trans women who fought in the 1966 Compton Cafeteria riots.
If you’re looking for a companion piece to HBO Max’s Equal, one that goes further and deeper than that series’ running time allowed, then you have to binge FX’s Pride. The six episodes each cover a respective decade of revolution, from the secret parties and respectability protests of the 1950s to the fight for trans rights in the 21st century. This series is truly a crash course in queer political history, touching on the bigotry of Anita Bryant, the hope and disappointment of the Clinton presidency, the trans men who shined in NYC’s ballroom scene, and so much more.