LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2024

Pride Month

From the Human Rights Campaign:

“Pride is a joyful celebration of all of the beautiful identities of our LGBTQ+ community. We create spaces where we can bring our whole selves to dance and march in the streets and declare: We are here. We are visible. We are proud!

But this is also a moment of crisis for our country and our community. Lives are literally on the line. Too many people — trans people, Black and Brown people, people living with HIV & AIDS, people being denied basic care — are facing unprecedented attacks. And still, we rise up and fight back.

Never forget that Pride was inspired by the Stonewall riots. At Stonewall, we stood our ground. Today, we are still fighting and will do so until we have freedom without exception, liberation without exception, joy without exception and pride without exception. Join us!”


National Prism Alliances

Teach For America’s National Prism Alliances (formally TFA’s LGBTQ+ Community Initiative) launched Prism in 2014 with the purpose of creating brave spaces for LGBTQ+ teachers and ultimately students in every region. Learn more about our National and Regional Prism collations and how you can get involved.

About Prism:

What Is Prism?

Prism is a coalition of corps members, TFA alumni, partnering educators, civic and religious leaders, youth advocates and policymakers, and community members, collaborating to share strategies and resources to support LGBTQ+ and all students.

The network operates nationally and has local initiatives in more than two dozen Teach For America regions. Members meet up quarterly for ongoing learning and professional development on LGBTQ+ leadership and transgender and non-binary advocacy.

National Prism Board 2024 – 2025

Our national Prism board includes members who represent diverse and multiple intersecting identities within the LGBTQ+ community. The board oversees the strategy and direction of Teach For America’s national LGBTQ+ supports and programming.  

Regional Prism Coalitions

More than half of Teach For America regions have Prism coalitions led by a regional Prism board. Members of each coalition advocate for and engage with those who identify as LGBTQ+ in ways that best match the unique needs and complexities of their local communities. Importantly, coalitions partner with both national and regional external partners who are best positioned and equipped to support policy, queer and transgender youth leadership and development, or BIPOC intersectionality. 

Prism coalitions are often in different stages of development, aligned with other board strategies, such as: 

  • Ideation: The region has been thinking about taking steps to start a Prism coalition
  • Emerging: Informal meetings and programming but no board establishment 
  • Operational: Coalition is supported by a board with a clear mission, vision, strategic pillars, and the identification of external partnerships, as well as comprehension of the policy and legislative issues that are critical to advancing safer and braver classrooms and schools
  • Sustainable: The Prism Coalition is supported by a board that has been sustained over consecutive years

Regional Prism coalitions support LGBTQ+ students, educators, and community members through a variety of initiatives including:

  • Providing ongoing learning and professional development for corps members and alumni
  • Educating LGBTQ+ educators on local policies and protections for LGBTQ+ employees
  • Developing partnerships with local LGBTQ+ organizations and youth centers
  • Organizing fundraisers to support LGBTQ+ causes
  • Hosting regional Brave Education Summits where this capacity exists (e.g. Valor del Valle in RGV).

Join Prism

Join a Regional Prism Coalition

View a list of regions with Prism coalitions and contact the staff point person for more info.

Although many regions are in the process of forming a Prism coalition, some may offer opportunities to get involved with advocating for LGBTQ+ initiatives, even if their local coalition is still emerging. 

Start a Regional Prism Coalition

Beyond the list of regions with established Prism coalitions guided by a board, many other regions are at stages of development with intention to launch them. If your region does not currently have a Prism coalition we invite you to ask staff in your region about starting one.

Regional Prism Board Staff Liaison

The staff liaison fosters and facilitates communication and collaboration  between the broader TFA organization and the Prism Board. This role is not voted on by the board, but appointed by the region. At all times, there should be a regional staff member in this position. Responsible for bringing to the board key, critical, or relevant issues, the  liaison’s role also involves communicating board recommendations out to relevant and appropriate parties. They are additionally responsible for managing the board’s finances, submitting expenses through WorkDay and using a Team Card, when available, to cover Prism expenses. The staff liaison also manages relationships with the National Initiative Directors and National Prism Liaison and leverages the staff-facing #prismliaisons slack channel to learn from best practices across other Prism regions.

Regional Alumni Point Person

This person is often chair or co-chair on their regional Prism board. The inclusion of an alumni point person is critical to ensure information flows from regional prism boards to all alumni networks. TFA alumni often assist in expanding the impact of regional prism boards for students, families, and current and former staff.

Board Chair

Different prism board regions have varying organizational leadership styles. When the position of board chair is present, their role is to maintain order and communication amongst board members and report board activities to the regional prism board staff liaison.


Resources

Learn more about LGBTQ+ and Latinx intersectionality with this list of resources from our national partners and collaborators.

Resources for LGBTQ+ Communities from our National Partners & Collaborators:

  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation International LGBTQ+ Workplace Considerations and resources
  • Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQ+ immigrant rights organization. Advocating at the intersection of countless issues affecting LGBTQ+ immigrants, check out their site for information about legal support and policy priorities.
  • The TransLatin@ Coalition is an organization formed by Trans Latin@ leaders who came together in 2009 to organize and advocate for the needs of Trans Latin@s who are immigrants and reside in the U.S.
  • MY PRIDE IS BLACK, MY JUNETEENTH IS QUEER – SPLC Learning for Justice

School-Based Supports/Resources


Events


LGBTQ+ Pride Month: Then and Now

Annual Pride celebrations started taking place after the June 1969 Stonewall uprising, and this commemorative month is an excellent opportunity to learn about the history of LGBTQIA2S+* rights and advocacy in the United States. That history continues unfolding today, particularly in the wake of recent legislative efforts to target certain students and educators because of their sexual identity and orientation.

* In 2018, Teach for America’s LGBTQ+ Community Initiative made a decision to say “LGBTQ+”, hoping the PLUS (+) would ensure we remain inclusive of the identities, both known and emerging, that define this dynamic and evolving community. Since taking on this work at the beginning of FY24, the Office of Equity and Belonging has also begun using the broader “LGBTQIA2S+” to acknowledge the many other identities present within our community and regions may sometimes choose to name identities beyond simply LGBTQ+, as well. Ultimately, we know that letters in an acronym do not define or guarantee inclusiveness. Therefore it is our responsibility to live into the value of inclusiveness represented by the PLUS (+), as well as honor the intersectionality in the LGBTQ+ community, rather than simply denote it.


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Career Center Team