Pride was born out of the Stonewall Riots; it celebrates the demonstrations against police brutality and the institutional homophobia, transphobia, and racism the LGBTQ+ community has faced.

The movement was led overwhelmingly by queer and trans Black and brown people. The Stonewall Riots weren’t popular; they were jarring and made a lot of people uncomfortable. But they were effective.

Today, the Black community and its allies are still protesting police brutality. Queer and transgender Black Americans like Tony McDade experience intersectional violence in a way most of us never will.

We all have a responsibility to defend Black lives. 
This summer, let’s pull strength and power from the political foundation of Pride.

Artwork has united and commemorated the LGBTQ+ community for many years. Art is critical to the soul of social movements.

Given the absence of regular summer festivals and showcases, NextGen America wants to highlight queer voices and uplift their work, especially the work of Black and brown artists.

We’ll be hosting an online multimedia art contest with a chance to win $4500.

We’re looking for work that encompasses the political spirit of Pride, addresses today’s social movement to defend Black lives, and elevates the power of the LGBTQ+ movement.

Learn more about the contest here.

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*NO PURCHASE, PAYMENT, OR CONTRIBUTION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN and will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received between June 8, 2020 and 3:00 PM ET on June 29, 2020. Enter by submitting your art piece at www.prideispowerful.com/submit.Three will receive the following prize: $4,500.00. Odds of winning depend on eligible entries received. Three prizes will be awarded out of approximately thousands of notices distributed. All Prizes will be awarded. The winner will be determined by narrowing all submissions to ten finalists on the basis of the following criteria: Creativity and originality, Interpretation and incorporation of the contest theme, Appropriateness of tone
, Quality of workmanship
, Clearly and effectively communicating the pieces’ tone/message/call-to-action. Then, public voting via SMS texting will determine the three winners. Winners will be announced on July 15, 2020. Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent US residents 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). SWEEPSTAKES SUBJECT TO OFFICIAL RULES and additional restrictions on eligibility, available at www.prideispowerful.com/rules. Sponsor: NextGen America, 986 Mission Street, 1st Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94103.