This month is a busy one for the LGBTQ community, and is also earmarked as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Here is a little information on the many events happening in October.
LGBT History Month is observed in October and celebrates the achievements of LGBT icons and trailblazers.
National Coming Out Day is always on October 11th because the first National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights was observed that day. Celebrate coming out as LGBTQ+ or an ally.
International Pronouns Day on October 16th is designed to bring awareness to the importance of respecting, sharing, and educating people about personal pronouns.
Spirit Day is celebrated on the 17th of October. Wear purple to show LGBTQ+ young people that you are dedicated to ensuring they are able to live authentically and without fear of bullying.
LGBT Center Awareness Day is celebrated on October 19th each year. It's an opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of LGBT Centers on communities world-wide.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month brings attention to an issue that affects every community. Research shows that LGBTQ members fall victim to domestic violence at equal or higher rates compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Jennifer, a law enforcement officer who was shot by her partner, shares her story in our latest blog, "Jennifer's Story: Same-Sex Partner Domestic Violence."
Our Day In Court: On October 8th, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases about LGBTQ employment discrimination and decide if Title VII’s ban on workplace sex discrimination protects LGBTQ people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our community still lacks comprehensive, explicit federal protections in many aspects of daily life. That’s why CAN - along with over 150 LGBTQ community centers across the country - continues to urge Congress to pass the Equality Act. Read more about our work around the Equality Act here and watch for our statement summing up the Court's oral arguments on October 8th.
LGBT People Of Color In Rural America: The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released a new report, "Where We Call Home: LGBT People of Color in Rural America", which examines the unique challenges of LGBT people of color in rural America and highlights distinct experiences across different communities of color. This report details how the structural challenges of rural life amplify acceptance of or discrimination against LGBT people of color. Because LGBT people of color may experience discrimination based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and their race or ethnicity, passing nondiscrimination protections at the federal, state, and local level is vital to ensure full participation in all aspects of life. Read the report here.
CenterLink E-Summit: The CenterLink E-Summit presents outstanding topics of interest to anyone interested in working toward the goal of developing strong, sustainable LGBTQ community centers. Multiple sessions of evidence-based, practical, and tried and true information and content are presented in a webinar format. CenterLink has invited presenters who will successfully represent the diversity of our membership and partners to share successes and challenges, and lessons learned among the variety of topics. Join CAN for a webinar on effective advocacy on Friday October 11th at 2PM ET by registering here, and check out the other E-Summit content here.