23 Jun 2020


Visual Art

By Breannah Charles

Sacramento is full of talented, passionate, and creative people. It’s truly a privilege to be present when groups of people gather together in support of one another.

For the past few years the Crocker has had the honor of holding ArtMix Pride, an annual event that celebrates and supports those in the community who identify as LGBTQ+. Although we’re not able to gather together in the same way this year, we still want to provide a platform for organizations that dedicate themselves to directly supporting Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ community, like The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, which allowed us to share this heartfelt message and digital performance they created earlier this month.

We cannot in good faith begin our celebration of Pride month without first acknowledging the deep hurt in this country.
The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus stands with the Black community as they stand up against systemic injustice. As an organization we recommit ourselves to our core value of diversity within our organization and community and we strive to better educate ourselves on the experiences of people of color. We see you, we hear you, and we speak up alongside you, as we continue our mission to foster pride and enhance lives, one song at time. Your experiences are valid, your hurt is real, and today we offer this song to you as a humble showing of solidarity. You are not alone.

We’d also like to thank ChaCha Burnadette of The Darling Clementines, for her constant work and inspiring passion, as well as this beautiful tribute to the LGBTQ+ Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) who have made important contributions to the fight for equality, equity, and justice. Please take the time to visit not only these organizations’ sites, but the others listed below. Many of these organizations are non-profits, which means community support is important now more than ever.

Video by ChaCha Burnadette of The Darling Clementines. Follow the Darling Clementines on Instagram or Facebook.

Local LGBTQ+ Organizations and Resources

  • Asian Pacific Islander Queer Coalition,
    a local organization that supports and advocates for Sacramento’s LGBTQ+
    Asian and Pacific Islander communities and similar marginalized groups
  • amBi,a national community for bi people, their partners, and allies.
  • Black Womxn United Sacramento , a non-profit dedicated to the education, protection, and advancement of all Black women
  • Gender Health Center, an non-profit organization that offers counseling services to the region’s most underserved communities, with a focus on the “T” in LGBTQ+
  • Golden Rule Services Sacramento,
    a local organization formed in response to a lack of culturally
    competent services for LGBTQ+ Black and Indigenous People of Color communities
  • Lavender Library, a lending library and archive housing a range of LGBTQ+ nonfiction and fiction materials
  • LGBT National Help Center, a help center that provides free and confidential peer-support, as well as local resources
  • The Okra Project, a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing “cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans people” wherever they can reach them
  • PFLAG Sacramento, the United State’s first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents, families, and allies
  • Sac LGBT Center, a community center dedicated to creating a region where LGBTQ+ people can thrive

Top Image: ArtMix: Pride the Musical II, 2019. Photo by Jacqueline Hights.
About the Author: Breannah Charles works as the Public Programs Coordinator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California where she coordinates ArtMix and the Museum’s other music programs such as Jazz Night and AudioMuse. She holds a B.A. in Art Education from Sacramento State University, and previously worked as an Educator in Crocker Art Museum’s School & Teacher Programs team.