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While LGBT people can marry anywhere in the US, they can still be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, or denied services in 32 states. There are no federal protections that explicitly and comprehensively protect LGBT people from discrimination. Founded in 2015, we’ve already made great strides in building public awareness of LGBT discrimination and successfully defended the community against nearly 200 religious exemptions and anti-transgender attacks. We’ve generated more than 20 million media impressions, mobilized hundreds of thousands of Americans to show their support online, and trained nearly 50 future LGBT movement leaders to ensure we have the skill and talent to accomplish our mission. With your generous donation, you can help:
1) Build momentum for nondiscrimination protections in strategic states:
In partnership with local and national organizations as well as on-the-ground activists, our States Action Team leads the creation of coalition campaigns designed to press the case for nondiscrimination protections by moving public opinion, driving a state-wide and national narrative, and cultivating and supplying stories and story messengers that can be amplified -- business leaders, Republicans, clergy, and more.
2) Introduce and educate Americans about their transgender neighbors, coworkers and family members:
In most parts of the country, Americans have yet to meet a transgender person. That means it can be hard to understand the challenges transgender Americans face every single day. Our national program, The Transgender Freedom Project, works to amplify the stories of transgender people, their families, and their loved ones, in order to paint the complete picture of who transgender people are and the need for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections.
3) Strengthen the sustainability of the LGBT movement through leadership training and partnerships:
LGBT University is a new and innovative training program to develop and support current and future nondiscrimination campaign leaders and staff. Additionally, we directly embed with state partner organizations, providing them with additional capacity, assets, and knowledge about how to run effective campaigns, attract major media attention, and properly execute field strategies.
4) Amplify and channel attention toward businesses working to keep their communities competitive with inclusive laws:
Businesses across the United States are coming together overwhelmingly in favor of comprehensive protections for LGBT Americans because they know it’s vital for attracting and retaining a talented workforce. In several states, business support has taken the shape of robust coalitions, and they are actively demonstrating their widespread support for LGBT nondiscrimination. We help strategically leverage and guide the powerful voice of business in making the case for ensuring nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.
5) Spotlight the harms LGBT Americans suffer each day without nondiscrimination protections:
We are curating a broad collection of stories online that communicate the many ways real LGBT people and their families are harmed by discrimination and training a large group of diverse messengers to be deployed for regional and national earned media. We’re also finding and media training allies uniquely positioned to move undecided people, including conservatives, law enforcement, school district officials, and business leaders.