Isobar has decided to join the push to make Juneteenth a national holiday.
22nd Jun 2020
Isobar has decided to join the push to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, or Emancipation Day, is the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. So, starting Friday, June 19th, all Isobar offices in the US and Canada will be closed in observance of our nation’s true independence day, Juneteenth. This paid holiday will be added to the annual holiday calendar moving forward.
Juneteenth also happens to fall during the middle of June or Pride Month, which has become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect. This year, the intersectionality of recent injustices, the Black Lives Matter movement and annual celebrations could not be more striking.
Inspired by the James Baldwin quote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” Isobar set out to celebrate Pride and Juneteenth by taking action, specifically 13 days of action. Why 13? In recognition of the ratification of the 13th amendment which abolished slavery.
For the next 13 days, we will be sharing an action a day to support those in our Black and LGBTQIA+ communities. Together, we are going to take small steps to create monumental change. Together, we can make a space where we all #BelongHere.
Despite the odds, Black queer businesses exist and need your solidarity more than ever. Participate in My Black Receipt and buy from a Black-owned business on Juneteenth (June 19) through Independence Day (July 4) and upload your Black receipt with #myblackreceipt, and your purchase is added to thousands of others buying Black on these dates!
Stats via HuffingtonPost
Grab the popcorn and watch any of the movies below to see a film that highlights the Black LGBTQIA+ experience.
I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
The Color Purple (1982)
The Skinny (2012)
The Watermelon Woman (1996)
Naz & Maalik (2014)
Tongues Untied (1989)
Paris Is Burning (1990)
Set It Off (1996)
Brother to Brother (2004)
Young Soul Rebels (1991)
Recommendations via The Advocate
By standing up and speaking out, a small action can have powerful effects. Visit guidetoallyship.com to learn more ways your small actions can make an impact every day.
Love a good podcast? Here are a couple great ones:
Recommendations via @Nytimes
Decolonize your bookshelf by adding more BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers to your bookshelf. Visit @debuts2020 to see titles by diverse authors releasing their first books.
By changing your feed, you change what you see every day. We hope this list inspires you to follow more Black queer/trans/non-binary Instagram content creators.
Recommendations via @gomagazineny
Tomorrow @dragqueenstoryhour will host its inaugural global pride celebration Drag Queen Story Hour World Pride 2020, which will be streamed online. https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org/
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March held in 1970. Though it will be a very different celebration than previous years, the tradition of commemorating the LGBTQIA+ movement will continue. https://www.nycpride.org/
If you can’t attend a protest or march, put a sign in your car or window to show your support. Not feeling very artistic? Download a printable sign.
Don’t assume. When you state your own pronouns and regularly ask for people’s preferred pronouns, you create an inclusive space that everyone feels welcome in.
You can add your preferred pronouns to your LinkedIn name, your email signature, Zoom display name, Twitter description and your Instagram bio.
Anyone has the potential to be an ally, but being an ally takes work.
Take it upon yourself to use the tools around you to learn and answer your questions. Do your research to learn more about the history of the struggle in which you are participating. Learn how to listen and accept criticism with grace, even if it’s uncomfortable.
Visit https://guidetoallyship.com/ to learn more.