My name is Jewleah Johnson and I'm one of 3 current board members of the Prism Community organization. I identify as genderfluid and my pronouns are they/them/theirs.
A few years ago I realized that, since graduating from UW-Superior, I had not found an organization that acted as my second home like the Gender Equity Resource Center had during my studies. I was far too old for the Together for Youth group with Lutheran Social Service, but also too young to officially join the GLBT Elders group. I no longer had ties to any university groups in the area, and with the Northland Gay Men's Center and Aurora Lesbian Center closing their doors, there wasn't a physical place to go to find other people like me. This struggle has been echoed by others in the community as well.
This is where the idea for Prism came together. There were many others in the area who wished to connect across the bridges between Duluth and Superior, across identities and group affiliations, and between the host of groups which hold similar aspirations and goals.
If we are able to join together, keep track of local LGBTQ+ events for Duluth/Superior, and have regular meetings to update on what we're all doing in the community, we have a real chance at creating something beneficial for the Northland LGBTQ+ community.
We will be posting our upcoming events here on our public events calendar, sharing community perspectives through blog posts, and checking in with organizations and individuals in order to stay current on the ever-shifting needs of our populations. If you'd like to join the group, add yourself to our emailing list on our Contact page for updates. You can also find our Facebook page, comment on these blog posts, or call us. We hope to serve this community and aid in the creation of spaces where we all may feel welcome and heard.