The LGBTQ community is a loosely defined grouping of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, LGBTQ organizations, and subcultures, united by a common culture and social movements. These communities generally celebrate pride, diversity, individuality, and sexuality.
LGBTQ and intersex people face discrimination and human rights abuse in every country of the world, ranging from loss of jobs, housing, in the workplace, at banks, in hospitals, in public places—and sadly the list goes on…The extreme violence and even murder. From schoolyard beatings to massacres like Orlando, USA, killing and imprisoned in Chechnya, Russia–continue to be committed against the LGBTQ community every single day around the World.
Here are the ways you can help support the LGBTQ community on this special day… and every other day.
In US: Support the Equality Act
1. Support the Equality Act to Make Discrimination Illegal
It’s still legal to discriminate against a person for their sexual orientation or gender identity in more than half of US states.
The Equality Act would fix that by making such discrimination illegal everywhere.
2. Put an End to Bullying
Bullying can be experienced by anyone, but if you’re an LGBTQ teen or youth, the statistics get really scary: LGBTQ youth and teens are twice as likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs and four times more likely to attempt suicide. No one should feel unsafe because their sexual orientation.
3. Stop Anti-LGBTQ Legislation
Opposition to LGBTQ equality remains high in many state legislatures.
In 2016, state legislatures introduced over 112 anti-LGBT bills—
many with the aim of allowing businesses and agencies to deny services to LGBTQ individuals on the basis of religion.
4. Shop at Businesses that Support LGBT Equality
You can put your dollars where your values are every day.
Give your voice in support for LGBT equality with every purchase you make.
5. Pick up the Phone and get Sentimental
Call a friend, a family member, or a loved one and tell them how much they matter to you. Marriage equality, and the broader issue of LGBTQ rights, is about everyone’s right to freely and openly and fearlessly express what’s in their heart. So go ahead, get sentimental—tell those you care about that you love them for exactly who they are.
6. Contact your Congressperson and Share Your Thoughts
When you call or write your representatives, it really makes a difference. Thank them if they support LGBTQ rights; challenge them if they don’t. But either way, remind them that there’s a lot of work left to be done.
7. Give a Little. Or A Lot.
Make a donation to your LGBT-rights nonprofit Charity Army in honor of marriage equality. This is the great organization all over the country that need your help so that they can keep helping others.
IN THE WORLD
Human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex persons must end.
We are working to stamp them out for good.
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