Above all else, the lunchbox fam has always been about supporting and celebrating one another.
This June, as Black Lives Matter protests sweep the nation, it is more obvious than ever before that true community support requires solidarity. Through the painstaking work of Black activists and intellectuals, we’ve learned solidarity requires not just recognizing and critically analyzing the structural oppression inherent in the systems around us, but also the ways we benefit from and are complicit in these systems. It requires acknowledging and overcoming gaps in our own understanding of American and global history, and the ways social, economic, and political forces continue to marginalize and legally discriminate against people of color. It requires not just uncomfortable conversations with co-workers, friends, and family, but difficult introspection on how our own implicit and explicit biases have undoubtedly been shaped by these larger societal forces. We have a lot of work to do.
It is fitting, then, that this LGBTQ+ Pride Month has centered around solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. In bringing this intersectionality to the forefront, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies have had to confront the increasing white-washing and corporatization of the Pride Movement in recent years, as well as the ways Pride has marginalized people of color and trans people by focusing on white, cisgender narratives. We have been reminded that Pride started as a protest, led by Black and Latina trans womxn, against police brutality. That the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is universal, and that a system that only protects some of us ultimately fails us all. This June we've seen gains in the fight for basic queer employment rights, and losses in the fight for queer healthcare rights. Both show us just how far we still have to go.
With this context in mind, and in celebration of and solidarity with the many LGBTQ+ members in our lunchbox fam and the EDM community, the lunchbox team has compiled a list of organizations, helplines, resources, media, and more to help those that are struggling, looking for ways to get involved, and looking to educate themselves on the Pride Movement. We hope this document serves as a starting point for many conversations and actions taken toward reducing bigotry and discrimination at all levels. In one way or another our team was all drawn to and fell in love with this industry and community because of the acceptance inherent in the music festival experience. Radical inclusion will always be a core value of the lunchbox fam.
To anyone struggling with their sexuality, know that you are loved, that our inboxes are always open, and that you will always have a place in our family. We’re always here for you.
- with love from the lunchbox team
Types of Resources Included
National Crisis Resources
Local and National Organizations
LGBTQ: The History of Dance Music Articles
National Crisis Resources
Crisis Text Line - “This Crisis Text Line connects texters with a trained volunteer Crisis Counselors to help resolve times of crisis. This service tries to match texters with Crisis Counselors who have shared lived experience.”
The Trevor Project- “The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people under 25.’”
Trevor Lifeline -
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TrevorChat - “Online instant messaging with a TrevorChat counselor.”
Trans Lifeline -“Trans Lifeline is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the well being of transgender people. The hotline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people.”www.translifeline.org
Local and National Organizations
Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index - “The Human Rights Campaign provides the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool, which evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors, and employees.”
GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality - “GLMA works to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and healthcare providers. They offer a directory for patients to connect with LGBT welcoming providers.”
It Gets Better Project -“The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Their website offers education, stories, and directory of local resources to help get the support your loved one needs.”
Equality Federation -“Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQ people.”
Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network -“The GSA network is dedicated to fighting for educational justice working with grassroots, youth-led groups and GSAs, empowering them to educate their schools and communities, advocate for just policies that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment and violence, and organize in coalition with other youth groups across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression.”
The National Black Justice Coalition- “The NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma.”
National Center for Transgender Equality -“The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.”
National LGBTQ Task Force -“The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you.”
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix) -“When transgender activist and drag performer Marsha P. Johnson was found dead in the Hudson River in the summer of 1992, friends and fellow activists were shocked. But her death was ruled a suicide by New York City police, and the national media paid little attention. Years later, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson explores her little-investigated death while celebrating her legacy as a pioneer, in the 1960s and beyond, of what would come to be called the LGBTQ rights movement. This documentary also revisits the Stonewall riots, in which Johnson played an integral role.”
Circus of Books (Netflix) -“Los Angeles has its own vibrant LGBTQ history, and Circus of Books was a West Hollywood institution. The independent bookstore that sold hardcore gay porn also served as a safe space for the local LGBTQ community to meet other queer people. The shop closed in 2019 after being owned by Karen and Barry Mason for 37 years. This documentary, directed by the owners’ daughter, Rachel Mason, is an intimate family story about acceptance with glimpses into L.A.'s LGBTQ history.”
Visible: Out on Television (AppleTV) -“Exploring how media representation both reflects and shapes societal views of the LGBTQ community, this series revisits every major milestone of queer visibility on TV. It also frames landmark moments in the broader and oftentimes problematic cultural context.”
Paris Is Burning (Youtube)- “The acclaimed documentary Paris Is Burning explores the world of New York City drag balls in the mid-to-late 1980s. Jennie Livingston’s film, added to the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2016, combines interviews and performances to tell the stories of several people central to the scene, highlighting some of the many nuanced ways in which class and race intersect with sexuality.”
How To Survive A Plague (Prime Video/Youtube)- “David France’s How to Survive a Plague follows the activists who made it their life’s work to find treatment for the AIDS/HIV epidemic. Through hundreds of hours of archival footage and interviews, the movie focuses on the founders of the activist group Act-Up, which formed in 1987 in an effort to halt the AIDS crisis. The film chronicles how a passionate group of young people made real change as the U.S. government and drug companies languished in responding to the epidemic.”
State of Pride (2019) - “Host Raymond Braun visits the communities of three U.S. cities — Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Tuscaloosa, Ala. — to speak with LGBTQ Americans about what pride means to them today. State of Pride is directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, who were nominated for the Best Documentary Short Oscar for their 2018 short End Game.”
Kiki (HULU/Prime Video)- In Kiki, New York City‘s present-day drag ball scene continues many of the subjects and themes explored in Paris Is Burning, with today’s youth taking center-stage. Written and directed by Sara Jordenö and co-written by Twiggy Pucci Garçon, a leader in New York’s “kiki” community — an evolution of the ballroom scene for a new generation — the joyous film presents this competitive dance world as a safe haven for LGBTQ youth in political landscape that’s changed significantly since the 1980s.
Silverlake Life: The View From Here (Youtube)-“Both having been diagnosed with AIDS, UCLA film teacher Tom Joslin and his partner, Mark Massi, resolve to document the most intimate details of their daily lives. As the physical and mental toll of the disease begins to take hold of both men, Joslin's former student, Peter Friedman, takes over the film's production, providing the final, bittersweet postscript on the enduring love between two people who've decided to bravely face their illness together.”
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