When you are marginalized, humiliated, harassed or threatened for being gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual, know that it is NOT O.K. You must take a stand! Whether it be through education, reaching out to friends, allies or the authorities. You cannot & should not remain silent.
In this turbulent & anti-LGBT environment, we need to work harder than ever by rising up & taking action. We must never back down for failure is NOT an option!
On this 1 year anniversary while we take time to reflect back on this senseless & violent act towards our community, may we become stronger together & work towards ending the violence & hate against our community.
Consider donating to your favorite LGBT organization, volunteer at a Pride march, community center, contact a legislator regarding our rights or help a fellow LGBT brother/sister who's experiencing hard times.
Standing in solidarity with our community now & always.
America's LGBT community is at a critical stage once again as hard fought rights we've gained are slowly being erased by extremist anti-LGBT forces under the djt regime out to try & turn back the clock on civil rights. We CANNOT let this happen & must work together with local, state, feds & organizations to demand our rights be protected.
Don't know your congresspersons phone number? Just call (202)224-3121 & put in your zip code, you will be transferred!
Together, we will rock the halls of congress. Make your voice heard!
As we near the end of President Obama's term, our community will forever remember a most special U.S. leader who rose above fear & intolerance to say, "enough is enough." A man who not only did so much for equality but who made history as the nation's most pro-LGBT president.
We the LGBT community will forever be in debt to your steadfast devotion to "all" American citizens life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness.
As a dark & uncertain chapter is set to begin in American history with the soon swearing in of one of America's most disliked & controversial candidates (lost popular vote by 3 million) & extremist congress since before the American Civil War, We the LGBT community along with various other right's groups will fight to preserve the very rights so many other non minority groups have enjoyed & taken for granted because LGBT rights are NOT special rights.
As we work through our emotions of the recently devastating election results of President-elect DJT, let us find comfort & strength in each other & know that we, the LGBT community have moved mountains in our struggles for equality.
We must not give up hope. Rather, we must channel our voices of anger into voices of change. Together, our voices will resonate the message through the halls of DC & America, "we are not going back!"
Thoughts & prayers go out to the families & friends of those
affected from the horrific gay nightclub shooting in Orlando Florida
May this tragic event remind us of the power of hate & to stand up against it, for love & compassion will always find a way.
As you scour the internet, you will see some messages of
congratulations for the killer of the innocent lives. That is why we
still continue Pride marches as a stand against hate & for
acceptance & tolerance.
This senseless, targeted violence against the LGBT community needs to stop. We need to say, NO MORE
While our country deals with the rhetoric & sometimes violent campaigning to pick our next president, the downturn of our economy, abortion rights are being trampled on by a handful of states, taxes continuing to be an issue, immigration, the Republican party finds the perfect solution to dealing with the issues by targeting the transgender community after it's "black eye" from the 2015 Supreme Court's ruling of Obergefell vs. Hodges, effectivelystriking down the states ban on same-sex marriages.
This shameful & hatred filled tactic (disguised as religious liberties protections) against a minority group that has had to endure intolerance & discrimination in jobs & housing all the while NEVER having 1 documented case of rape or violence against any cisgender woman or child in a woman's bathroom
Transgender individuals, one's who have felt they were born in the wrong body, go through a lot of emotional stress seeking acceptance from others, often losing friends, jobs or family upon coming out. The process or "journey" is something one can often struggle with in coming to terms with. Often the more traumatic part of transitioning is that of using the restroom of their gender identity.
With current hate laws in North Carolina, Mississippi & the possibilities of Texas & Oklahoma seeking to follow suit, you can help by taking a stand against this shameful & extremely hateful tactic by the GOP by contacting your elected officials & telling them their attacks against the transgender community is just wrong. The transgender community does not want special rights, just equal right's & for the right to live with dignity.
In a 5-4 ruling, The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down gay marriage restrictions in 14 states, thereby making marriage equality the law of the land.
The majority ruled that preventing same-sex couples from the right to marry violated their Constitutional right under the 14th Amendment & that states were unable to put forth a compelling reason to deny same-sex couples that right.
wrote of same-sex couples: “Their plea is that they do respect it,
respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for
themselves.” “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law,” he continued. “The Constitution grants them that right.”
Chief Justice John Roberts read a stinging dissent from the bench, as
Kennedy sat beside him, his hand on his chin: “Five lawyers have closed
the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of
constitutional law,” he wrote. “Stealing this issue from the people will
for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social
change that much more difficult to accept.”
Congratulations & Best Wishes To Those Seeking The Right!!!
After much pain & suffering & lack of support/understanding for her transgender identity (especially from that of her own mother who looked down upon her & tried to "cure" her through various Christian therapy sessions), 17 Year old Leelah Alcorn of Kings Mills, Ohiodecided that she had had enough & on December 28th at around 2:30am took her life by walking out in front of a moving semi.
The note she left read: "My death needs to mean something." "My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at the number & say, that's fucked up & fix it. Fix society, please." Also, she made mention to her feeling like she was a girl trapped in a boy's body since the age of 4.
This sad tragic loss of life should never have happened. Through love, understanding & guidance of adults around her, especially her mother, Leelah would have had the chance to blossom into the person she truly was.
Our LGBT youth look to us adults for understanding & compassion & we must be there to help & or guide whenever we can.
There is help! Transgender Suicide Hotline - 877-565-8860