Statement on Pride 2020 and the BLM Movement

Introduction

First of all, Happy Pride Month to each and every reader of the Writing Advice blog. As always, I want to thank you for supporting this site by subscribing and reading my regular articles. In lieu of a new blog post this week, I’d just like to give a quick note to all readers.

Seeing as I’m someone who doesn’t really use social media these days, this website is one of my only forms of digital presence.

It felt wrong to not use whatever platform I have — no matter how small — to state, unequivocally, that I support the Black Lives Matter movement and condemn the widespread, systemic racism that plagues countless Western nations (including Canada), and especially as of late, the United States. I recognize that this recent surge of activism simply serves to highlight an already long-standing issue which includes instances of racial profiling and police brutality.

Call for Donations

I usually have a sidebar on the Writing Advice blog asking readers to consider making a one-time, $5 donation to help fund the site. But, if you feel so inclined to support the blog, please consider making a small donation to The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention instead. It’s a great local charity I’m supporting this Pride month, which works to fight against intersecting issues such as HIV-related stigma, homophobia, and anti-Black racism.

As a queer person, I recognize that the rights I’m afforded in 2020 have only been made possible by those who came before me — many of whom were black (and trans) activists. The black community deserves our support during this time in history.

Conclusion

Again, thanks for your continued support of the Writing Advice site. Regular blog posts will resume next week, and this call for donations will remain pinned at the top of the site for all of June.