Franklin County Pride unequivocally believes that Black Lives Matter.

We remember that Stonewall was a riot led by LGBTQIA+ people of color.

We believe that the police officers who murdered George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and who cut short countless other Black and brown lives are the product of a pervasively racist system with roots in white supremacy.

We acknowledge that there is no single Black experience in America just as there is no single LGBTQIA+ experience. We empathize with the pain of injustice inflicted by those with power against those without.

We must work to end the state-sanctioned violence against BIPOC and fight for justice for the victims, their families, and the communities they were stolen from.

As we raise the rainbow flag in celebration of Pride month, we recommit to our core value of actively working to dismantle racism within our own organization and in the community-at-large. We call on LGBTQIA+ people living in Franklin County and beyond to engage with the following actions to the extent that you are able:

  • Call your elected officials to advocate for redistribution of budget funds from policing to community needs such as education, affordable housing, and mental health services.



  • Educate yourself about racism in America with books written by Black and brown authors. Buy those books from bookstores owned by people of color. Here are some suggestions

    • ​​When they Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

    • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

    • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

    • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

    • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

    • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad