We're lucky to have supportive family and friends, live in a welcoming area, and work for inclusive companies. However, many aren't so lucky. Beyond marriage equality, there's much more work to be done:
- In 28 states, it's legal to be evicted from an apartment, fired from a job, or turned away by a restaurant on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation
- So-called "conversion therapy" remains legal in all but 15 states
- Nine states have laws actively restricting the inclusion of LGBTQ-related topics in schools and/or preventing individual school districts from protecting LGBTQ students
- Trans people are facing an onslaught against their basic rights, including attempts to remove Title IX protections for trans kids in schools, kick trans people out of the military, and prevent trans people from going about their daily lives
- 67% of LGBTQ youth report having heard family members make negative comments about LGBTQ people, and only 26% say they always feel safe in their school classrooms
- 40% of trans people have attempted suicide, 92% of whom first attempted before the age of 25. LGBTQ youth are about 5X more likely to attempt suicide than their straight/cis peers
In lieu of wedding gifts, please consider donating to the Trevor Project to support crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth.