AsylumConnect Launches #YouBelong Campaign In Honor of Pride Month 2019

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Happy Pride 2019!

This Pride Month, we want all members of the LGBTQ community to know: YOU BELONG.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we celebrate the enormous strides society has made towards LGBTQ inclusion while also recognizing the significant steps we still need to take to achieve full LGBTQ equality.

At AsylumConnect, we believe everyone deserves the safety to live freely regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status.

ReAD what Pride and our #YouBelong campaign means to our team below:

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The ‘You Belong’ campaign gives hope and affirmation to people like me who may have grown up in an environment where I did not feel like I belonged. LGBTQ pride month is a symbolic time when all LGBTQ people, including those who have been persecuted or outcasted, can celebrate their identities and be proud of who they are.
— Hans How, Vice President
 
‘You Belong’ is such a relevant phrase not only for LGBTQ+ asylum-seekers but also for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community. Sometimes, it’s nice to be reminded that yes, we are a part of this country, too.
— Clay Turner, Partner Relations Manager (Southern Region)
 
‘You Belong’ is a reminder to every member of the LGBTQ community that they are not alone and their identity is valid - no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or immigration status. At AsylumConnect, you have a welcoming community.
— Katie Sgarro, Co-Founder & President
 
The triumph of my right to be myself, openly, without the fear of prosecution, or discrimination. The LGBTQ Pride Month is a chance for me to be visible, show that I matter, educate people on the LGBTQ community. Pride Month is just one step forward in eliminating all forms of discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
— Maher Darwiche, Assistant Director of Development
 
Pride is a time to acknowledge the contributions of those who have led the fight for equality: from front-runners like Harry Hay, Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon, Frank Kameny, Marsha Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera to more contemporary faces like Lillian Faderman, Gavin Grimm, Patrisse Cullors, Laverne Cox, and Orlando Cruz (to name a few). It’s also a time to celebrate who we are and the contributions we make in our broader communities as family members, friends, residents, students, and members of the workforce. When I reflect on where we have come from and look forward to where we might go, I feel blessed for those who fought for us to get here and feel privileged to have the opportunity to work for those of us still facing violence, from Baltimore to Brunei, on account of our (intersectional) identities. In the 95 years since the creation of the first gay rights organization in the US and the 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising, the LGBTQ+ community has shown the world that we are here and has asserted that we belong. I choose to work with AsylumConnect because you too have valuable contributions to make and #YouBelong.
— Carissa Chantiles, Assistant Director of Data Management

What does #YouBelong mean to you? Let us know in the comments.