Join An Organization Fighting For LGBTQ+ Rights

There are countless LGBTQ+ organizations that are on the front lines of the movement fighting for equality. Whether it’s increasing visibility, lobbying for laws that protect LGBTQ+ people, or advocating for mental health services, these organizations are critical to any LGBTQ+ person’s wellbeing. 

By joining an organization, you’re not only getting involved with a community, but you’re also learning from others who have experienced the same things you have. You can also use your membership to help fundraise for an organization—if you’re interested in doing this, just be cautious not to fundraise for yourself. Many organizations are more than happy to have members as volunteers but not sponsors. If you’re not sure about a particular organization, you can also search for LGBTQ+ organizations like agendapac.


Talk To Your Friends About Why LGBTQ+ Rights Are Important

It’s vital that you actively talk to friends and family members who aren’t out about why LGBTQ+ rights are important. Once you’ve established a rapport with someone, you can explain to them the importance of having equal rights under the law. You can also use this opportunity to educate them on trans rights, biphobia, and homophobia, which are often underrepresented topics in our society. When you talk to your friends and family members about LGBTQ+ rights, try to keep your tone as informal as possible. 

You don’t have to have an in-depth conversation about the movement; instead, just let them know that you care about this issue and why it’s so important. You can also use this opportunity to ask your friends and family members to open up dialogue about their own beliefs on LGBTQ+ issues. Let them know that it’s okay to ask them questions or openly discuss LGBTQ+ issues—they don’t have to have all the answers, but they can be a supportive friend.


Vote For People Who Support LGBTQ+ Rights

No matter who you vote for, it’s important to vote. But if you have a specific LGBTQ+friendly politician you’d like to see in office, vote for them. Even if you don’t know any LGBTQ+ people, you can vote for people who support LGBTQ+ causes. Many politicians are not out as LGBTQ+ themselves, and therefore, do not have a thorough knowledge of the issues affecting the community. 

By voting for LGBTQ+friendly politicians, you can help improve visibility for the cause and elect people who have a thorough understanding of the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. You can also use your vote to elect candidates who support more comprehensive policies. If you’re not sure who to vote for, you can use the LGBTQ+friendly ballot tracker to find out who’s on the ballot in your area.


Create Art That Encourages Equality And Inclusiveness

Art is powerful—it can encourage people to think differently, open their minds and help people feel connected. By creating art that encourages equality, you can help to open up dialogue and combat biphobia and transphobia. You can create all types of art: music, visual art, writing, poetry, etc. You can also use art to promote LGBTQ+ causes and inspire people to become more active in the movement. 


Ivy Skye Marshall: Ivy, a social justice reporter, covers human rights issues, social movements, and stories of community resilience.