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INTRODUCING AEO + IT GETS BETTER

Over the last seven years, the It Gets Better Project has successfully leveraged the influential power of media to uplift and empower LGBTQ youth around the world. From an unprecedented social media campaign to a best-selling book to award-winning television programming, we are always seeking new ways to get our message of hope into the hearts and minds of those who need it most.


We have witnessed tremendous progress on a global scale toward greater acceptance for LGBTQ people. Yet, today, our youth are bombarded with threats to their civil liberties and, in some cases, their lives, because the communities they call home refuse to accept them. Our partnership with American Eagle Outfitters for the #WeAllCan campaign is the perfect collaboration to ensure that LGBTQ youth know they have the potential to achieve great things and to make a tangible and positive difference in the world. And, it provides an opportunity for those who love the American Eagle Outfitters brand to wear their support of a more inclusive world!

The social narrative is always changing. We know how to change that narrative, and the support of forward-thinking organizations, like American Eagle Outfitters, makes that change possible. Together, we will amplify our message of hope until every single person on this planet understands the intrinsic value we all possess as human beings. We owe it to our youth, we owe it to ourselves, and we owe it to the future of our society. Life can and will get better for LGBTQ youth — and for everyone else — when we start celebrating our differences and adopt a #WeAllCan attitude.

AEO is donating 100% of sales from our 2017 Pride Collection to It Gets Better. Because together, #WeAllCan make the world a brighter, better, more inclusive place for everyone!

Shop the Pride collection HERE

We want to know what Pride means to YOU. Share your story with #WeAllCan and you could be featured on our Pride Parade Float or Times Square billboard!

Shepard Fairey, Greater than Fear, 2017. Photo by Jessica He. Courtesy of Amplifier Foundation.

In time for the 2017 U.S. presidential inauguration, the Amplifier Foundation collaborated with artists Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, and Ernesto Yerena to place powerful symbols of hope and inclusivity in three American newspapers and distribute them for free online. 

Over two million copies of the artworks were distributed across all 50 states, appearing in the Women’s March on Washington and in marches around the world. “This rallying cry is just the beginning,” they said. “Let it be a reminder to us all to stay vigilant and mobilized.”

Learn more about this project — and other vital works of public art brought to life on Kickstarter — at kickstarter.art.

Ernesto Yerena, We the Resilient, 2017. Photo by Patricia Guerra. Courtesy of Amplifier Foundation.

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24 artists, 398,452 free graphics downloaded in 205 countries, 135,500 wheat-paste posters distributed, 109,260 stickers distributed.

Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, and Ernesto Yerena’s Kickstarter-funded artworks — created in partnership with the Amplifier Foundation — have been printed and shared by people all over the world. 

See for yourself with this interactive map — and download the work to share with your own community.

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Dean Getting Lost in the Emotions the Mark - or should we say Darkness - Amplifies

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TUMBLR IS ABOUT TO GET LOUD NOW 

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Season 1 Episode 1 - Racial Justice ft. Morgan Givens
A hub for all Excellent Broads and their allies.

Here it is. Our first SEB podcast. Heather got on a call with Morgan Givens and discussed the continuing threat white supremacy poses to people of color in the United States. If your skin is white, you are inherently gifted with privilege and safety in this country regardless of where you live, how much money is in your bank account, or how educated you are. Now that Donald Trump has taken office, the white community is up in arms over the potential “loss” of our rights or how his decisions are affecting us. To people of color, this is just business as usual.

Whether you want to accept the hard truth or not, if you’re white, you have racism living within you. It may not be sheet-wearing, lynching bias, but it’s no less dangerous. In fact, I’d offer that the nuanced racism of the liberal white left is even more dangerous because we’re in denial about it. We’ve for too long tried to talk over POC, explaining ourselves, defending ourselves, trying to prove that we’re not racist. As Morgan points out in our conversation, it’s time for white people to show up. We need to be listening when it’s POC discussing their experience, and speak when we need to amplify those voices within our own white ranks.

Please listen and when your internal white voice decides it wants to knee-jerk react and get on the defensive, ask yourself WHY.

A Peoples Journey: Black Leisure Traditions

Photo:  Hot fun in the summertime, 1980, © Jamel Shabazz. 

Kicking off the summer with #APeoplesJourney to pools, BBQs and family reunions! From the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, African Americans around the country sought leisure destinations where they could relax without the burden of racial oppression.

Photo: The Way of Life of the Northern Negro: Untitled Photograph of father and son at Lake Michigan 1946-1948, © Wayne F. Miller.

Photo: Outdoor Portrait of a Family Standing by a Picnic Table, H.C. Anderson.

Photo:  ©1955 Travelguide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

Join us this month, as we amplify and explore black leisure traditions in the United States. And all month long, share with us your memories of the summer with #APeoplesJourney!

There are plenty of pious & practicing sisters that can provide their own narrative on situations that are most important to them. 

Instead of interjecting on issues that we don’t face ourselves as men, we can amplify their voice.

The older we get the more significant Pride becomes for us. Taking time to celebrate our community – while also honoring and mourning LGBTQ people past, present, and future – is so important. This is why Pride is still so significant no matter how far we have come as a community.

LGBTQ people are vibrant, beautiful, vast and valuable. Taking the time to show up and stand with our fellow LGBTQ friends, families and community members, as well as our allies, is how we continue to reflect to the world how wonderful we all are! While we are living in challenging and sometimes scary times, the experience of spending time with many leading LGBTQ organizations and activists in this country has continued to give us confidence in the future.

This year we are going to take time during Pride to learn more about our early LGBTQ history, because more than ever before it’s important we amplify those stories. We hope each and every LGBTQ person has a wonderful Pride, and let’s take time together to reflect on how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, how strong we are, and how proud we should be to be LGBTQ.

—  Tegan and Sara’s Pride Month Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community, in Billboard Magazine. Words can’t express how much I cherish these two, for everything they are, and everything they do.

March is Women’s History Month, so we at the CYC have been trying to highlight the lives of the Orthodox Church mothers and female saints. We want to share their stories, words and wisdom. By focusing on the hard and holy things these Christian women have done, we may amplify their wisdom and examples.

Often the voices of our female saints are drowned out in recounts of Church history, so we will especially be trying to share their spiritual writings. 

Hopefully we’ll add to this project as the years go on!

Stories of Female Orthodox Saints

St Marina the Great Martyr and Vanquisher of Demons

St Theodora the Monk

St Pelagia the Penitent

St Photini, The Samaritan Woman

Mother Sarah

Teachings from Female Orthodox Saints

Our Holy Mother Irene Abbess of the Convent of Chrysobalanton

Mother Gavrilia

St. Syncletika the Righteous of Alexandria

St. Maria of Paris 

As many people in NYC fawn over the NYPD’s participation in Pride events, we cannot forget the dangers that one of the biggest military forces poses to Black communities. In standing with BLM-Toronto, we must call to awareness the hyper-militarization of local police. Along with such awareness, we must stomach the death of Mx Bostick; a Black trans woman murdered here in NYC this past spring. We must acknowledge the daily taunting and threat to trans women of color as they ride the train. We must remember that Islan Nettles’ head was bashed into the sidewalk just outside of Precinct 147 in Harlem after a coward realized she was a trans woman.

We know that 92% of those arrested for fare beating are Black & Brown folks, and we have accounts of how trans women, who are among the most impoverished communities, are treated by the NYPD for something as simple as not having $2.75 for public transportation. This is what has led us to work with others in New York City in organizing our #SwipeitForward campaign. We connect the increase in violence against trans women of color to the deaths of Black immigrants like David Felix, murdered by an NYPD detective and his body not claimed for 21-days. We see all of those issues, happening here locally, as a reflection of the racist, transphobic, and homophobic rhetoric we have spewing from those as high up as the White House.
We call for #SafetyBeyondPolicing.

We have witnessed the shutdowns that occurred from our comrades at Pride’s this year in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. However, understanding the reality of organizing in NYC — where activists are under unconstitutional surveillance — we could not ask Black people and non-Black POCs who are most marginalized to risk their safety on a day where they should be celebrating. The NYPD has one of the most expensive budgets in the world standing at $4.8-billion a year. We cannot help but wonder what would society look like if NYC were to divest in predatory policing and invest in the communities where that funding is needed most. Instead of paying for generators that beam into the windows of public housing apartments every single night of the year, funds could be used to increase resident associations in all 334 NYCHA buildings. Regardless of the announcement of Rikers closing, instead of Rikers housing more mentally ill persons than the psychiatric hospitals in the state, NYPD funds could hire over 2,000 social workers or special education teachers.

Being the two leading corporate sponsors, T-Mobile and Walmart could start this process by reinvesting the $1.7-million spent in sponsoring NYC Pride into reparations for families like the ones of David Felix and Delrawn Dempsey Small whose anniversary of his murder is approaching in two weeks.. The companies could support the local borough Prides that are led by Black & Brown organizers, often with little to no budget, in order to provide a safe-space for people of color. We challenge NYC Pride organizers to see how allowing police to carry weapons, barricade the people on this one day they get to be joyful, and closing off the Christopher Street Pier has left those who are in most need of these spaces in deficiency.
We call on you to #FreeThePier.

And still we know that our people require moments and days like this in order to nourish their spirits and be around their own community. This is why we are amplifying the following events happening this Pride Sunday, June 25, 2017:
Biggest Baddiest Blackitiest Blanket on da Beach
The Wetter the Better: Queer NYC Pride at Riis Beach
4th Annual Black Queer and Here Potluck Picnic
Pride (and) JOY. A Day Party In Brooklyn: Special Edition
The She Party: Pride Edition

In general we ask that those who believe #BlackLivesMatter, stand in solidarity with us in our demands. If you stand with #BlackLivesMatter, then we must not let borders stop us from seeing the damage of anti-blackness to our communities. If you stand with #BlackLivesMatter, be present to all Black lives — transgender, queer, non-binary, HIV, gay, lesbian, or cis-gender including those living with HIV/AIDS. We wish for all persons to not only be represented, but safe and empowered in their celebration of existence at any Pride.
We can no longer support spaces where a force that can kill us, with impunity, is allowed to patrol a day of celebration. We are here for Pride, but not like this.