There are countless organizations out there, some are well know, and some aren't. I wanted to share with you one amazing organization that has helped change my life!
For those who don't know the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) is the LARGEST national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer civil rights organization. They fight for our basic equal rights. HRC has been a long advocate of LGBTQ equality and has spent decades educating people of the LGBT
- Most recently The HRC was "at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality when, June 26th, 2015 in a historic 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States found bans on marriage equality to be unconstitutional - and that the undamental right to marriage is a fundamental right for all"
- Because of this achievement my life is forever changed. The person I love now gets to take my hand and hold it forever with the same meaningful dedication and marital advantages and rights as anyone else. This is such an amazing evolving world we live in!
- In 2013 the "United States Senate voted 64-32 to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for the first time in the legislation's two-decade history." The Human Rights Campaign invested 2 million dollars into a 12 week long campaign that eventually resulted in a SUCCESSFUL VOTE.
- This particular act protects people like me from being discriminated on the bases of my sexual orientation, but also protects people on basis of gender identity. I have personally experienced discrimination because of my sexual orientation by employers. Here is how it went down:
- I used to work as a server at Olive Garden. I had a boss, a seemingly cool person that typically sounded accepting. Never having discussed my sexual orientation with her , about a year into my working with the company I was in a pre-shift gathering with her, when she directly looked me in the eyes and told me not to act like a queen today. At first I was taken back by the comment, and then I was angered. Why would a person in a that position knowing no facts about my life insist on throwing gay offensive terms at me? I let it go, a week or two later she pulled me to the side and asked if she could ask me something personal, before I could answer she fired off with, " are you a gay christian?" followed by "are any of your brothers or sisters gay?" This, these questions that I as a human should not have to face in a workplace or ever, these are the type of discriminating questions that the HRC fights against. She would have never asked a straight female how many of her siblings are also straight and if she believed in God. These are not normal workday questions, she should have asked why my table 5 had a comped meal, or how many free wine samples I had given to the table of ladies celebrating their bachelorette party. So thank you HRC for fighting for people like me who do not deserve the ignorance of curious people in the workplace. The Act prevents employers like her from discriminating against the anyone based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Protecting Our Youth has been an amazing achievement made by the HRC. The HRCF has a program called welcoming schools that allows schools to take part in a program that "addresses family diversity, gender stereotyping, bullying and name calling in schools. This is such an amazing thing, The HRC also launched a campaign called "CALL IT OUT" which aims to call out homophobia and trans-phobia and to promote respect and civil discourse, this campaign was created because of a bigoted ARKANSAS school board member named Clint McCance. The HRC also released a powerful study of LGBTQ-identified young people showing that there were more than 10,000 respondents from ages of 13-17. "Growing up LGBT in America" is the largest known survey of LGBTQ teens and encourages and proves just how important achieving equality is for our future generations.
- I dealt with bullying all through schooling which is why I tried so hard to fit in. People were calling me out before I ever even knew what anything meant! I was made fun of daily being called negative and derogatory terms such as fairy, faggot, sissy, flamer, you know the usual. THIS IS THE ISSUE! IT SHOULD NOT BE USUAL!! Everyday I dreaded getting on the bus because of what happened on a daily bases. I had a persistent bully that often hit me, or yelled at me or put me down for his and others entertainment. He would yell things like "silly faggot, dicks are for chicks" I wasn't even out yet, I was in middle school struggling with my self image and struggling to accept myself as it was. I believe that if I had known about the HRC back then or if I had known about access to these programs or that others dealt with what I was dealing with I wouldn't have felt so alone.
This is why I donate. I want to give back so much so that maybe my efforts can improve the chances for our futures being equal! HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
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