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COMMUNITY · June 29th, 2021

More Than Just Rainbows: 5 Ways to Support LGBTQ+ Justice & Equity

by Brandon Boehle

MARKET LEADER

In 1969, after years of police raids and unjust arrests at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City, patrons stood their ground. Led by pioneers like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the moment marked the beginning of the LGBTQ+ rights movement that evolved into the Pride celebrations held around the world today.

The events following Stonewall remind us that Pride isn’t just about celebrations. In the U.S. and around the world, gay, lesbian, and transgender people are still denied equal rights and even persecuted for their sexuality or gender identity. While our society continues to make progress, there’s still so much work to be done.

As we look for ways to take action on Pride, below are 5 organizations leading the fight for equality and positive change – and how you can support them. 

1. Donate to The Trevor Project to support at-risk LGBTQ+ youth. 

The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ teens and young adults under 25. Shortly after the release of the short film TREVOR, the organization was launched, which shed light on a national crisis and won an Academy Award in 1995. 

Since then, thousands of young people have used The Trevor Project’s resources, including Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorSpace, and Trevor Education Workshops. 

You can support The Trevor Project here and help give LGBTQ+ young people free and confidential crisis counseling.  

2. Volunteer with the Human Rights Campaign to strengthen equality. 

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) works to give LGBTQ people the freedom to live their truth without fear and with equality under the law. Since 1980, they’ve led the way in fighting for LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion. 

With more than 3 million members, HRC supporters work together to fight discrimination and stop attacks against the LGBTQ community. 

Their work centers on three pillars of action: 

  1. MOBILIZE: Mobilizing Equality Voters nationwide 
  2. EDUCATE: Educating the public & community about LGBTQ issues 
  3. ADVOCATE: Advancing pro-equality policy & litigation 

Virtual volunteers can donate their time through online opportunities with HRC. Click here to learn more. 

3. Find a PFLAG Chapter to support LGBTQ+ family members. 

PFLAG is the country’s largest organization uniting parents, families, and allies with people who are LGBTQ+ and was founded in 1973 after a mother openly marched with her gay son. 

When Jeanne Manford was marching with her son Morty in New York’s Christopher Street Liberation Day March, many gay and lesbian people asked if she would talk to their parents. Jeanne decided to start a support group and held her first formal meeting in March 1973. 

PFLAG’s mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ+ people and allies, and to educate our communities “to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value, and affirm LGBTQ people.” 

With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members across the U.S., PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated, and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. 

Click here to find a PFLAG chapter near you. 

4. Support the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network to connect more QTPoc with mental health care. 

The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) includes a directory of therapists and counselors for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC). Their overall goal is to increase access to mental health resources for QTPoC. 

Erica Woodland launched NQTTCN in 2016 to erase the realities that QTPoC practitioners face, including isolation, racism, and queer and transphobia. 

“As survivors of historical, intergenerational, state, community, familial and interpersonal violence, we believe we have the power to transform the trauma and harm that has impacted our individual and collective well-being.” 

Explore the QTPOC Mental Health Practitioner Directory to find a practitioner near you. 

5. Join PrideVMC to support the LGBTQ+ veterinary community. 

PrideVMC strives to create a better world for the LGBTQ+ veterinary community through education, advocacy, leadership development, and mentorship. 

Having started as the Association for Gay Veterinarians (AGV) in 1977, the organization’s name changed to Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) in 2018 to provide an umbrella to the different sexualities, gender presentations, and gender identities.  

PrideVMC’s vision is for “one in which everyone in our profession and beyond can live to their full potential, both personally and professionally, conduct their lives openly and with integrity, and freely share their experience and wisdom for the betterment of and care for ourselves, our profession, our clients and all animals.” 

Click here to become a PrideVMC member, and be sure to follow them on Instagram! 

Brandon Boehle

MARKET LEADER

Support Center | Edgewood, KY

Brandon Boehle is a member of the pet resort field operations team where he supports the KY, TN, and AL PetSuites locations. He resides in Northern Kentucky with his partner of 21 years, Joe and their two cats Milo and Piper.  Brandon is looking forward to expanding the family with a golden at some point in the future.

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