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It is absolutely imperative that every human being’s freedom and human rights are respected, all over the world.

— Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

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Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.

Barbara Gittings


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Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.

— Jason Collins

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When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.

— Barack Obama

LGBTQ+ Rights News

Educators Fight Back Against Gag Orders, Book Bans and Intimidation

New laws that censor teachers and stifle classroom conversations are doing a great disservice to students. Educators across the country are pushing back against the latest cynical ploy to undermine…
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Conservative activists want to ban 400 books from a library — but they aren’t even on shelves

After nine months on the job, the library director is quitting. “Nothing in my background could have prepared me for the political atmosphere of extremism,” she said. by Tyler Kingkade…
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Featured Charities for LGBTQ+ Rights


The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.


GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.


Openhouse is committed to creating a safe environment to encourage and support community members to share our diverse perspectives and identities to foster dynamic community engagement.

We recognize and affirm that LGBTQ+ older adults live at intersections of race, ethnicity, class, culture, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, spirituality and ability. At Openhouse, everyone is a community member

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Fact Sheet

  • One in seven LGBTQ people (14%) have avoided medical treatment for fear of discrimination because they're LGBTQ.
  • Less than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender people feel able to be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity to everyone in their family.
  • Over half of Black, Asian and other ethic minorities in the LGBTQ community have experienced discrimination or poor treatment from other LGBTQ members because of their ethnicity.
  • One in five LGBTQ people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months.
  • 42% of people who are LGBTQ report living in an unwelcome environment.
  • 6 in 10 LGBTQ students report feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation.

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  • Workplace and housing discrimination
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Ways to Take Action

Speak up if you hear “That’s so gay” or other anti-LGBTQ comments from young people in your lives and be prepared for questions and put-downs on gender. Seventy percent of youth respondents reported witnessing incidents of race-based bullying and harassment. Take advantage of resources like this one from the Southern Poverty Law Center to learn how to speak up against everyday bigotry.

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More than half of LGBTQ youth say they are now more motivated than ever to help others. Let’s make sure that they feel empowered to do so. Consider your community and some of the places where youth spend time -- are they safe for LGBTQ youth? How can you make a difference? For example, consider contacting your local school board and encouraging members to adopt inclusive policies. Be ready to share resources with young people who have experienced harassment or violence. 

We face a long and difficult fight ahead to protect the historic progress we’ve made toward ensuring full LGBTQ equality. Join the fight and stay updated on HRC’s local, state and federal advocacy. LGBTQ youth are counting on you.

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Host Raymond Braun visits the communities of three U.S. cities — Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Tuscaloosa, Ala. — to speak with LGBTQ Americans about what pride means to them today. State of Pride is directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, who were nominated for the Best Documentary Short Oscar for their 2018 short End Game.

Where to Watch: YouTube

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The Showtime documentary L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin features interviews with lesbian couples who live in conservative areas of the Southern U.S., where they are often subjected to bigotry, homophobia and racism. Produced by Ilene Chaiken, co-creator of the television series The L Word, the film presents a personal look at many of the struggles faced by gay Americans in the 21st century, as devout religious leaders and community members protest the subjects’ marriages and unions.

Where to Watch: Showtime, Hulu, Sling TV

David France’s How to Survive a Plague follows the activists who made it their life’s work to find treatment for the AIDS/HIV epidemic. Through hundreds of hours of archival footage and interviews, the movie focuses on the founders of the activist group Act-Up, which formed in 1987 in an effort to halt the AIDS crisis. The film chronicles how a passionate group of young people made real change as the U.S. government and drug companies languished in responding to the epidemic.

Where to Watch: The Roku Channel, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube

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