June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of annual LGBTQIA+ Pride traditions, with the first Pride March held in New York City on June 28, 1970, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City.

Since 1970, there have been a range of milestones for the LGBTQIA+ community, including the recent the Supreme Court decision requiring federal law to protect LGBTQ+ workers from discrimination within the workplace. While the Foundation celebrates these achievements, we recognize there is a long way to go before ensuring all are welcome, protected, and celebrated in our community and country.

To that end, we elevate the work of the Equality Fund for LGBTQIA+, established to cultivate a community that supports, includes, and respects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and non-binary individuals and families.

In the spring, the Equality Fund committee, comprised of those who identify as LGBTQIA+, awarded $200,000 to ten Omaha area nonprofits. See the 2020 grant recipients here.

To learn more about the Equality Fund for LGBTQIA+, click hereThe next grant cycle for the fund will open on January 1, 2021.

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