Our current focus is on the Qready Initiative, a program dedicated to “Resilience Preparedness by and for LGBTQ+ communities” that focuses on the needs of multiply-marginalized communities on the frontlines of climate injustice through partnerships and collaborations that honor their leadership in this work.
Our goals are to respond to two interrelated problems: vulnerability and invisibility. LGBTQ+ communities are more vulnerable due to interlocking social, economic, and political systems that marginalize LGBTQ+ people, with compounded impacts among Queer and Trans Black and Indigenous People of Color (QTBIPOC), queer people with disabilities, incarcerated queer people, and other multiply-marginalized communities. Yet this vulnerability is invisible, as there is a lack of representation of frontline LGBTQ+ communities in disaster preparedness policies, and in climate justice education.
Currently, Qready has produced the #QReady Checklist, a disaster preparedness checklist, and a “sneak-peek” rough draft of the documentary project Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the era of Climate Change. Our next steps for this program are to provide multi-scale offerings for individuals, organizations, and disaster professionals to foster the resilience of LGBTQ+ communities, and deepen our relationships in Puerto Rico.
Inclusive & equitable emergency management
This report comes out of two webinars organized by OUT4S, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 9, and the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based Organizations and Neighborhood Partnerships. The report synthesizes the webinars, providing recommendations for how emergency responders and faith-based organizations can incorporate LGBTQIA+ considerations in their work around preparedness and mitigation as well as recovery and response.
Out4S is co-hosting the Queer Climate Justice Day-Long Institute at the Creating Change conference, a first-of-its-kind event at the leading annual convening of the LGBTQ+ movement in the United States. This event represents a significant step towards climate justice organizing within the national LGBTQ+ movement! You can still Register here.
Please help us make this training accessible to LGBTQ+ folks on the frontlines of climate change in Puerto Rico. Donations of any amount help us provide travel, housing, food, and access support to 11 queer and trans organizers from the island.
Calling all allies! Are you an environmental non-profit with a commitment to DEI? Or an LGBTQ+ policy group concerned about our community's climate vulnerability? Or are you an ethical and sustainable business that wants to give back to community causes? We want to hear from you!
As the LGBTQ+ Task Force celebrates it's 50th anniversary at this year's conference, you can be part of this momentous occasion and show your material support for intersectional environmentalism and the kind of solidarity we need in the LGBTQ+ movement for the next 50 years.
Featuring discussant Justin Knighten, Director of External Affairs, FEMA