The Big Lift
Pride 2019 was our 3rd year partnering with Entre Hermanos for our annual Pride Promotion. We beat our goal and were able to donate over $40,000!
“Every year during Pride, Uncle Ike’s organizes its vendors for “The Big Lift” fundraising drive to support Entre Hermanos, which works to support the Latinx LGBTQ+ community. This year, we’re thrilled to announce that we beat last year’s record of $37,000 with a whopping $40,161.83. We’d like to thank all the vendors who participated, and remind anyone reading this that the giving doesn’t end with Pride — there is a donation box on the counter at Ike’s Central District location year round.
But mostly we’d like to explain why we support Entre Hermanos specifically and why you should too. First, a bit of backstory: Entre Hermanos was founded in 1991 primarily to combat the HIV/AIDS crisis. They offered and continue to offer free onsite HIV testing, as well as prevention services (free condoms, assistance with PrEP, etc.) and bilingual case management for HIV+ members of the community.
“Our services ease access to life-saving information, services, and resources for those at highest risk of sexually-transmitted infection and facing the greatest barriers due to their intersecting identities,” said Owen David, Entre Hermanos’ Development Manager. But while their work around HIV continues to be vital, especially in ensuring equal access to PrEP for members of the Latinx LGBTQ+ community, but there is a new crisis afoot.
LGBTQ people are criminalized in dozens of countries, many of them in Central or South America. The number of LGBTQ, and specifically trans, individuals fleeing discrimination in their home countries, and seeking asylum in the U.S., has risen. Unfortunately, our country’s track record on trans rights isn’t exactly spotless, and our immigration enforcement agencies’ even less so. It’s not quite hopping out of the frying pan and into the fire — obviously anything is better than being murdered by a gang for your gender identity — but it’s still unfair and unconscionable.
“The greatness for me of any society is how well it cares for those who can least care for themselves.””
– Tobias Coughlin-Bogue