PRIDE 100 Leaders 2020


For 2020, InterPride launches its first ever PRIDE 100 List, supported by Better Together Foundation. The list represents a powerful reflection of the incredible achievements of LGBTI+ individuals, recognizing their past accomplishments and furthering their future advocacy.

The theme for this year is Racism and Oppression, in recognition of the Racism and Oppression Program in November 2020. "As an organization, we stand against anti-Black racism and all forms of oppression including homophobia, transphobia, classism, sexism, and xenophobia,” said Julian Sanjivan, InterPride Co-President. “InterPride commits to a focused and sustained action to dismantle racist systems, policies, practices, and ideologies within ourselves and our networks,” adds Andrew Baker, past InterPride Co-President.

What is Racism and Oppression?

(FROM ACT.TV: Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.)

The global pandemic has sparked a deeper conversation about how systemic racism has been ingrained in society including unjust policies and practices at institutions like banks, schools, companies, government agencies, and law enforcement. This issue is taking place not only in developed countries such as the United States, but also across developing countries.

In developing countries, the issues of racism and oppression are marked when considered along with unequal access to education, employment and health, and social issues such as migration, gender bias and cultural stigma. While law is a necessary starting point in tackling other factors that perpetuate such discrimination, legal prohibitions on racist behaviour cannot eliminate the attitudes that underlie such behavior.

There is no clear-cut definition for what amounts to discrimination. Some anecdotally have been against people living with HIV/AIDS, where fear of an unknown combined with stigma often link with racial stereotyping and projecting based on mis-information. Another example is on migration, where a category of victim which is prominent is that of migrants, and the discrimination faced by millions of people who live and work in countries other than that of their birthplace. Such marginalized communities, including LGBTI+, often face insurmountable challenges to meet the demands of living on a day-to-day basis, let alone leading gainful lives.

InterPride is committed to lend its global platform, for both developed and developing countries, to amplify the voices of Black, Brown, Indigenous, other people of color and marginalized peoples to catalyze equitable outcomes for all.

Within InterPride and its global membership, we as a global organization need to strive to improve conversations about race, racism, and racial justice in each country.