Get #VoteReady For November 2nd
When people think of voting they often think of participating in the presidential election. However city, county, and state elections, as well as congressional races are just as important. These races are often determined by just a few votes.
You have the power to decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and future generations. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about like public transportation, LGBTQ equality, and funding in local schools. This is your community, so make the time to help decide what’s best.
Are you registered to vote in the 2021 election? Get #VoteReady here.
Tell Your Senators All Americans Deserve Full Equality
LGBTQ Americans can travel across the country and have their rights and protections under the law change dozens of times. No one's rights should depend on what zip code they’re in.
Federal LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections like the ones outlined in the Equality Act would ensure that all LGBTQ Americans can live, socialize, and access public spaces free from discrimination, no matter what state they call home.
Make sure your senator is voting yes on the Equality Act. If you've already contacted them, do it again to remind them of how important this legislation is! Click here to get started.
LGBTQ Community Centers Continue To Be Relevant
There are still many battles for LGBTQ people to fight, and there’s an ever-present need for support from people who share our lived experiences.
One place people go to find that connection is their local LGBTQ community center, especially in rural areas where other LGBTQ-friendly resources are not readily available. CenterLink's CEO Denise Spivak talks about the importance of LGBTQ community centers in this article written by Jeffrey Spivey from Soule - a digital destination for news, opinions, life and culture for the Black LGBTQ community.
Will’s Story: He Was Born This Way
Will came into this world as Lillian, but as early as age three he began consistently telling his family he was a boy. Now his family is battling the Augusta County School Board in Virginia for basic rights that every student should have.
2021 has been the worst year yet for anti-LGBTQ legislation. States have enacted more anti-transgender laws this year than in the last three years combined; including seven anti-trans sports bans, four religious refusal bills, two anti-trans education bills, one anti-trans medical care bill, and one anti-trans birth certificate bill.
Read what it's like for Will to be growing up as a trans youth during a time when anti-trans legislation is rampant and people feel emboldened to spread hate.
After reading Will's powerful story, see if there is any anti-trans legislation pending in your state and if there is, call your lawmakers and tell them states that pass anti-transgender legislation suffer economic, legal, reputational harm.