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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

WA Liquor Board Suspends ‘Lewd Conduct’ Enforcement After LGBTQ+ Bar Inspections

By Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks Feb. 1, 2024 at 7:38 pm The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will immediately suspend enforcement of its lewd conduct rule after inspections at Seattle LGBTQ+ nightlife venues…
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Department of Anti-TRANSportation? Florida Bans Driver’s License Gender Changes

State DMV’s move exposes trans people to criminal liability for listing gender identity on their driver’s license. By Naomi Feinstein January 30, 2024 The State of Florida will no longer allow…
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Man Charged With Hate Crime in Beating of LGBTQ Women in Wynwood

Two women were hospitalized after Daiken Fernandez allegedly pummeled them following a verbal dispute in Wynwood, police say. By Izzy Kapnick December 28, 2023 A Sweetwater man has been charged with…
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Michigan and Ohio GOP legislators discuss ‘endgame’ of banning all trans health care

By Jon King On January 29, 2024 Several Republican legislators from Michigan and Ohio were recorded in an online forum planning to try to ban trans health care for everyone,…
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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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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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