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Why Race Matters in LGBTQ Advocacy

March 23, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

$10.00 – $30.00

Why Race Matters in LGBTQ Advocacy Workshops

Co-sponsored by Greater Spokane Progress and Pride Foundation 


“39% of LGBTQ adults identify as people of color”

Reshape your advocacy with LGBTQ People of Color in our community:
Identifying systemic barriers and developing new strategies.

While in Spokane, issues of discrimination, poverty, homelessness, lack of affordable and safe housing, incarceration, and many other social determinants impact the overall LGBTQ community, they disproportionately impact our LGBTQ youth, adults, and families of color.

“More than half of LGBT Native Americans (55 percent) are food insecure—having limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods”

This workshop for LGBTQ organizations and community will develop a collective understanding and common language around institutional and structural racism, and why addressing race matters within this community.

 “32% of children being raised by black same sex couples live in poverty compared to just 7% being raised by married heterosexual white parents”

Using the acclaimed documentary “Race: The Power of an Illusion,” this workshop, led by a multi-racial team of local facilitators, addresses how racial inequities have been built into institutions and structures throughout our country, why it is important to use a racial equity lens, and what we can do to advance racial equity in our organizations and in our community.

 “15% of African American LGBT adults are unemployed, as are 14% of Latinx LGBT adults and 11% of API LGBT adults compared to 8% unemployment for the general public”

As white allies, learn and understand how racism privileges us, identify how racism injures our colleagues of color, and acknowledge our responsibility and role in responding to racism in our community. 

This interactive workshop provides a foundation for further racial equity work: 

  • Examine beliefs about race, advantage and justice, and how these issues impact our communities, organizations, and institutions.
  • Gain awareness of historical cases of institutional racism.
  • Define terms and develop an understanding of the difference between: structural, institutional, and individual racism; equity and equality; and implicit and explicit biases.
  • Identify structural and institutional racism, how it continues to impact us today, and the complexities of the intersections with LGBTQ and other oppressed identities.
  • Discuss local examples of institutional racism and begin to think about solutions.

LGBTQ community members and allies who are actively working on LGBTQ community issues are encouraged to attend. Two follow-up workshops/meetings will be held later in 2019 to support LGBTQ leaders in taking intentional steps to advance racial equity in their own groups and organizations, and in the larger community as well.

Registration fees: (including lunch)

  • $30 per person
  • $20 member or staff of a GSP member organization
  • $10 Living lightly, self-identified low income

Scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis. To request, contact Anne Martin at anne@spokaneprogress.org.

Deadline for registration is March 20, 2019.

We hope you can join us!

Ian and the workshop planning committee: 

Ian Sullivan, Odyssey Youth Movement, Spokane PFLAG, & GSP Board of Directors

Tylene Carnell, Pride Foundation

Farand Gunnels, Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane and Spectrum Singers Board Member

Shar Lichty, Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane and GSP Board of Directors

Marvo Reguindin, AHANA Business Association and INBA Outreach

Michaela Brown,  Excelerate Success & Spokane County United Way and GSP Board of Directors

Anne Martin, Greater Spokane Progress


For more information about the workshop, contact: Anne Martin, GSP at anne@spokaneprogress.org or 509-624-5657


March 23, 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
$10.00 – $30.00
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