How to support the LGBTQ community

Updated: 6 days ago

Attend community events

Attend pride parades, celebrations and community events you can find throughout the year. While the pandemic has put many community events involving the community on hold temporarily, there are other ways to show your support even if you cannot be on the frontlines.


Educate yourself

Stay educated on the latest news and information surrounding the community and do your best to educate others around you as well. There are so many resources out there from books to articles to guides from nonprofits, as well as movies and documentaries. If you do not know the difference between sex and gender or current related issues, work on educating yourself before coming to any assumptions. Ask questions, do your own research, and be honest about what you do not know.


Speak up

Speak supportively of these people or mention your involvement in activism in different settings in hopes to normalize talking about and supporting these people and issues. This effort may inspire others to speak up or get more involved.


Donate

Do your part by reaching out to organizations that are raising awareness and advocating for issues and ask how you can help. Donating money to organizations that support the community is something you can do from your couch.

  • Transgender Law Center

  • OutRight Action International

  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project

  • Anti Violence Project

  • Straight for Equality

  • Equality Federation

  • It Gets Better Project

  • The Trevor Project

  • Victory Fund

Use the right pronouns

Offer your own pronouns (he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, etc.) and respectfully ask someone theirs upon first meeting. This may not seem like a big deal at first, but it can make a world of a difference for those struggling in the community.


Listen

One of the most important and beneficial things you can do to support the community is to be a good listener. Listen closely when your friends and family members need to vent about their experiences, injustices, or cries for help.

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