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Montgomery Pride United

     Meta Ellis Meta is Director of Montgomery PRIDE United and Co-founder of the Bayard Rustin Community Center in Montgomery, Alabama. She has been a lifelong activist for human and animal rights in Alabama, California, Arizona, Ohio, and Washington D.C. 

     Montgomery PRIDE United is a 501(c)(3) umbrella organization that represents many local LGBTQ and allied advocacy groups. Montgomery PRIDE United was responsible for reviving PRIDE events in Montgomery for the past two years. They advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people & others and make certain that our voices are heard in the political arena whenever LGBTQ and other rights are being threatened or denied. They also bring attention to the many issues the LGBTQ community and others face on a daily basis by speaking and presenting at conferences and seminars and working on a daily basis with Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers helping to bridge the gaps in the treatment of LGBTQ persons. Our hope is to create better understanding between people and to bring change.

    She has organized many rallies and events at the Al. State House, the Al. Capital Building and the Al. Supreme Court Building. Advocating for the homeless and victims of discrimination she is a frequent speaker on many statewide panels representing the voice of the LGBTQ community. She is especially adamant about the mistreatment of transgender persons, noting that transgender people of color are especially vulnerable.

     She worked for many years as a Certified Nurses Aide, Home Health Aide, and Psychiatric Technician. Her specialty was working in hospice care.

     “We need to find more innovative and inclusive ways to care for our elderly and disabled without warehousing people in places that isolate them from the rest of the community. It does take a village.”

     She was recognized in the June 30, 2017 edition of USA Today as being Alabama’s representative of PRIDE forces across the nation.

     “Days after the Pulse nightclub shooting last year in Orlando, Meta Ellis marched through Montgomery, Alabama alongside other members of the LGBTQ community. The crowd of several hundred may have looked small compared to pride celebrations that draw thousands in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles or New York City, “but it’s a big deal here in the Bible belt” said Ellis, director of Montgomery PRIDE United.”

     She and her wife Ms. Harvey McDaniel were also awarded the 2018 Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian Award in March 2018 at the 20th annual Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence on the steps of the Alabama State House.


Meta Ellis

Director

Montgomery PRIDE United 

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