You Are Our FAMILY

We share solidarity, grief and love with the victims, friends and families of the Orlando shootings at the Pulse nightclub. In this PRIDE month, when we will celebrate the love of our LGBTQ family, we know well that the targeting of a gay club was not incidental.

06_15_16_STAND_W_ORLANDO_BLOG_R3Almost all of us have shared in the fear and outrage of being singled out for violence because we are queer, of color or otherwise different. And so we at GLIDE make sure that the world knows: You cannot single us out, because we stand together. This is what our Founders, Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, did in helping found the first gay youth organization, Vanguard, whose members led the Compton Cafeteria riots against police harassment in 1966, at 101 Taylor Street right here in the Tenderloin. Putting the power of GLIDE and the church behind those who are all too often targeted for violence and discrimination empowers all of us to resist hatred, to love openly and to be free

There will be time in the coming days to take on the issues that are highlighted by these killings – gun violence and the use of assault weapons, entrenched homophobia, extremism, and community mental health. For now, we focus on those directly affected by this terrible assault and say: We stand with you, and you are our family.

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Joyce Hayes, celebrating life, love and GLIDE with @doricamino and @edenchanstreetscooper at the 2014 Holiday Jam. A retro photo of Joyce Hayes, a true GLIDE hero, who so strongly believed in supporting children and providing them with stability, education and #unconditionallove. GLIDE regrets to tell our community that Joyce Hayes, an icon in our history and childcare program, passed away on Tuesday, 5/23/2017. Her life, love and legacy will not be forgotten. 
Please take a moment to read this tribute to our beloved "Joy": glidesf.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/in-memory-of-joyce-hayes-the-heartbeat-of-glides-fycc/ Shout-out @blueshieldofca volunteers! Our Harm Reduction Team always needs people to help assemble safer injection kits. Distributing these kits to our community members who inject drugs greatly reduces the spread of Hep C and HIV. It's about #publichealth and recognizing the dignity and human rights of ALL people living in our city! #harmreduction #cleansharps

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