Town Hall’s ongoing partnership with community partners—like The Pride Foundation—shows the value and power of bringing different organizations together to address important social issues. The Pride Foundation is a regional community foundation that inspires giving to expand opportunities and advance full equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people across the Northwest. Over the course of Town Hall’s 2015–16 season we have had the pleasure of working multiple times with The Pride Foundation and CEO Kris Hermanns.
On October 15, 2015 Kris joined Black Lives Matters cofounder Alicia Garza on stage for a conversation on modern feminism produced and presented by Women’s Funding Alliance. The next week Kris introduced litigator and author Roberta Kaplan and The Stranger’s Dan Savage at Town Hall in a discussion about the Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. This spring The Pride Foundation joined 24 other nonprofits at Town Hall to share their mission and highlight our collective impact during our GiveBIG: Lunch Break event on May 3.
We are so excited to now be partnering with The Pride Foundation in bringing Scottie Jeanette Madden to Town Hall to discuss her book, Getting Back to Me: from girl, to boy, to woman on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Everyone who attends this event will be invited to stay for an informal hangout with Scottie after her talk. When asked about her organization’s decision to support the event, Kris commented: “Pride Foundation is proud to partner with Town Hall Seattle for this timely event. When we come together to add more diverse stories of our experience with the world, we strengthen the ties that draw us together as a community through knowledge, empathy, and understanding. We are grateful for the opportunity to spend an evening with Scottie Madden and friends, especially during this difficult moment in our community and country.”
We very much appreciate Kris and The Pride Foundation for the incredible work that they do in our region, and for partnering with Town Hall to bring these important voices to our stages! Partnerships with organizations like The Pride Foundation are central to Town Hall’s goals of providing programs that highlight topical issues and encouraging broad and diverse community discussion.