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Recognizing LGBTQ Pride Month

Chair of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) LGBTQIA Plus Group, Sanho Steele-Louchart, spoke during the June presidential release, a monthly message from NFB President Mark A. Riccobono. He highlighted the significance of Pride month in the NFB community, highlighting the importance of reaching out to those who are blind and LGBT. The group holds regular discussions via zoom, every Thursday at 9 pm EDT and via email to speak about what it means to be a blind LGBT person, or to be an ally of an LGBT person. For more information, visit NFB’s website, or contact Sanho Steele-Louchart, via email: [email protected]  or by connecting through the NFB LGBT Facebook page.  For a personal perspective, read Connor “Carley” Mullin’s article “What Pride Means to Me.”

Blind LGBT Pride International (BPI), an organization formed in 1999 by members of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), pursues the mission “to promote the awareness, inclusion, and well-being of blind and vision impaired LGBT people through education, advocacy, and peer-support.” BPI reaches out with support to members via email communications, virtual town hall meetings and an annual gathering at the annual ACB convention. They also produce a podcast each week, aired through the ACB Mainstream Radio, “Pride Connection.”