The BEST of BOSS at Oakland Pride

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OAKLAND, CA – LGBT Pride, Pride events, and Pride Parades all over the world symbolize a social movement of inclusion and dignity as well as the fight for equality and the end of discrimination. This is a movement that is close to our hearts at BOSS. It should therefore come as no surprise that we had a team of fun, motivated people participating and representing BOSS at the 2016 Oakland PRIDE Parade in Downtown Oakland on Sunday September 11th!

The lovely folks from our BEST Team hit the streets to meet and greet, to connect with other like-minded organizations, to tell individuals about the services available at BOSS, and to show solidarity with our LGBT-identified neighbors! This was important to BOSS since we intersect with all individuals and all demographics in our community, and community events are places for us to connect. Also, LGBT-identified individuals far more likely to be food and housing insecure, work lower-wage jobs, and experience poverty and homelessness at a greater rate than their straight-identified counterparts.

Our BEST Team members had a ton of fun at the parade and festival, and made great connections. We are so proud of our hardworking BEST team and their out-of-the-box approach to just about everything. Happy Pride!

2016-pride-1About BEST: The Benefits & Entitlements Specialist Team (BEST) is dedicated to helping homeless and disabled people and individuals coming out of prison access the services they need, with a focus on SSI/income benefits and helping people find housing and support services. Make a donation to support this work!

Need assistance? If you identify as LGBT and you need help, or you are an Ally and know someone looking for assistance here are some resources:

  • The Pacific Center for Human Growth provides Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth, seniors, and adults with LGBTQ competent mental health and wellness services, with clinical services, peer support, and youth programs.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) supports marginalized communities with information on legal rights and protections.
  • The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) can provide information on your rights and connect you with a community of like-minded individuals.
  • The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP), as well as the American Psychology Association (APA) can give you information on resources for emotional and mental health support.
  • Planned Parenthood has supportive services for STD/STI testing, safe sex tips, prophylactics, and general health assistance.
  • PLFAG offers advocacy and support to LGBT-identified persons and their loved ones. There are chapters in most major cities in the U.S.