Ways to Strengthen Community
- Speak out. The next time you hear someone say “That’s so gay,” kindly and patiently tell that person why those words are hurtful to you.
- Take action. Whether it’s as big as helping lobby for the passage of pro-equality legislation, marching with a local group at a Pride parade or advocating for gender-neutral restrooms at your local community center you can be an example, a change-maker and a hero to your kids. Take a look at what HRC or Equality California is up to and see if getting involved in those groups works for you and your families schedules.
- Keep youth safe. Volunteer to teach a craft, donate money, your time facilitating or offer to provide snacks to a local Gay-Straight Alliance.
- Come out as an ally. Each October 11th is National Coming Out Day. If you are straight, let people know that you are an ally to GLBT people by making a sticker or a cute button announcing your ally-status and wear it around the office for a day.
- Come out. If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and/or queer, come out and keep coming out. Your voice and your example are golden to those that struggle with their own identities. This simple act will help others learn from your example.
- Talk to young people who trust you. Middle and high school students witness homophobic and transphobic bullying and teasing every day. Remind these young people that you support them and that all kids deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.
- Tell your story. Whether you are queer or a straight ally, visit the Make it Better Project to see powerful stories about what young queers and allies are doing right now to improve their schools and communities.
- Seek support. If you or someone you know is struggling with issues around sexual orientation and/or gender identity, know that you are not alone. Crisis support is available 24/7 through The Trevor Project, tel: 1.866-4.U.TREVOR.