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Mission Statement

JUANITA MORE! Pride 2017

Mission Statement

This year, for the first time in my annual Pride Party’s 12-year run, I have chosen two groundbreaking nonprofits as beneficiaries, The Q Foundation and the LGBT Asylum Project.

Q Foundation is the home for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing services for the LGBTQ communities here in San Francisco. They provide advocacy leadership at the national, state, and local levels and direct services to thousands of residents. Formerly known as AIDS Housing Alliance whose work has resonated strongly with me, I am honored to continue working with them to achieve these ends this year.

In light of the current climate of increasing global tumult, I’ve been reflecting on how the LGBTQ community is much broader in scope than the geographical confines of the Bay Area and how now, more than ever, we must resist the urge to shrink away from our responsibilities as global citizens.

That’s where the work of the LGBT Asylum Project comes in. Dedicated solely to offering pro-bono legal representation to vulnerable LGBT immigrants fleeing persecution abroad and seeking protection in the United States, their work makes the already-complicated avenues to achieving asylum that much less of a burden to navigate.

It is in the spirit of San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city that the services of both the Q Foundation and the LGBT Asylum Project are inextricably woven like a safety net, whether in the form of asylum from persecution or housing assistance, for those most in need of calling our community home.

Loads of Love,