“Growing up, I never doubted love. My mother, Deloris Carter Hampton, made sure of that. It wasn’t until I went out into the world as a young man that I realized not everyone was raised feeling this way.
I created my fund at Pride Foundation as a way to pass along my mother’s unconditional love, and to inspire other strong women of color in the community.
No matter what amount I’m able to give, my support says, ‘Your dreams are important.’
This work—it’s bigger than me, it’s bigger than any of us. That’s why we’re in it together.”
Marie & T
“We try to create community wherever we are. So many of us came out in situations that were not supportive, and the kindred connections we have found are so incredibly important to creating a sense of family. Even if they don’t know us, they know our story.
Our community is our family, whether biological or chosen.
We became part of the Pride Foundation family as scholars. We have come back as donors so we could help create an even bigger, more inclusive community.”
Jason Bergevin (pictured left)
“I moved to Seattle from Alaska six years ago, leaving behind a birth family that wanted little to do with me.
Over the years, I have built a new family—what I consider to be my real family—while sitting around a kitchen table. Now, I see it as our responsibility to tell others in our community they’re not alone.
For me, supporting Pride Foundation is building family—it’s letting others know that there’s an open seat at the table for them. It’s our way of honoring where we were, where we are, and where we can be.”
“My ice cream shop is in the heart of downtown Helena, Montana. When I think of the word ‘home’ this is what I think of—the mountains, my family and friends, my business.
I know not everyone—including LGBTQ folks—may have this sense of safety and belonging in Montana.
Whether it’s my involvement in the Helena Supportive Business Project or my role as a Pride Foundation sponsor, I take every opportunity to support this work and help people see that they shouldn’t have to leave their hometowns in order to be their full selves. Our community is all of us.”
“I grew up in a small town in rural Alaska with a population of less than 6,000 people, the only daughter of a single mom. As a Yup’ik and Polish woman, I have experienced both the pain of prejudice, but also the joy of a shared journey toward equity. Supporting Pride Foundation helps me find kinship, community, and ally-ship—knowing we are in this fight toward progress together.”