Listed below are some things you can do to help the LGBTQ community starting today.
"When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free."
-President Barack Obama
Donate to GLAAD
It’s a troubling time for many Americans, especially for the LGBTQ community and the communities we lock arms with every day to create positive change.
The GLAAD Fight for Our Future campaign is for people who believe we must join together to defend equality, and fight for continued progress for LGBTQ people. All funds raised through midnight on December 31, 2016 will allow GLAAD to build on its critical work to protect all we have accomplished.
Volunteer with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley
The Gay Alliance envisions a future where all members of the greater Rochester LGBTQ communities, at all stages of their lives, are free to be fully participating citizens, celebrating their lives in which they are safe, stable and fully respected.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are coming out and publicly acknowledging that they are LGBTQ at younger ages than ever before. For many LGBTQ youth, sexual orientation or gender identity is why they are in out-of-home care in the first place. Their families may have rejected them outright, or they were forced to escape physically or psychologically abusive families who wanted to “cure” or punish them. Further exacerbating their situation is the harassment and violence that LGBTQ youth often face in school settings. As a result, LGBTQ youth are over-represented in out-of-home systems of care. They are at increased risk of homelessness, dropping out of school, physical or emotional abuse, depression, substance abuse, rape and suicide.