In June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in NYC, and violently hauled employees and patrons out of the bar. At the time, the New York State Liquor Authority penalized and shut down establishments that served alcohol to known or suspected LGBTQ+ individuals.
This police raid was followed by several days of protests lead by black gay men, lesbians, drag queens and trans women. These protests served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
It’s important to remember that the current movement for equal rights, safety, and protection of black people is a fight for all black people – including those who are trans, gay, lesbian, and gender non-confirming.
Sadly, transgender women of color – particularly Black transgender women – are disproportionately affected by fatal violence, impacted by the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, bi-phobia and transphobia. In the past week, we’ve mourned the deaths of two black trans women – Riah Milton in Ohio and Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells here in Philadelphia.
The Attic is an incredible, independent organization just a couple blocks away from Maha that supports LGBTQ+ youth. Like Maha, they are offering programming online and continuing to support their community during the COVID-19 shut down.
I am excited to announce a dual fundraiser to generate funds for the operating expenses of both Maha and The Attic to celebrate Pride month. On June 28th from 2-4pm, I will lead an hour of accessible, all levels yoga and Haley will follow with Yoga Nidra (an hour of guided meditation and relaxation).
Donations will be split 50/50 between Maha and The Attic. Generous donors are matching your fundraising efforts up to $2,000, so your donations do double duty!
Suggested donation of $20-$150, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
If you’d like to contribute without attending the workshop (thanks!), send your donations via Venmo to @mahayogastudio and put “Pride” as the note.