The Equality Federation is tracking nearly 800 bills across the country related to the LGBTQ+ community in 2023 alone. States like Tennessee and Kentucky are considering, or have enacted, drag bans through state legislature, among others. Meanwhile in Ohio, legislation under consideration includes an anti- trans youth sport bill, a “Parents’ Bill of Rights”, and a bill to prohibit gender-affirming care for trans youth.
Make no mistake, these are difficult times for the LGBTQ+ community, including our families, friends, and those who stand with us. Despite the darkness, though, there is light. We’ve witnessed citizens across the country stand up and lift their voices in support of LGBTQ+ people. Many have donated to several organizations who are advocating for LGBTQ+ equality and lobbying to defeat harmful legislation. And, states like Michigan have passed bills to add protections for LGBTQ+ people in their civil rights acts.
You can bring light to these dark times, too. While every purchase made from Queerencia allows us to donate to LGBTQ+ organizations, we encourage you to consider further supporting organizations like The Trevor Project, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Equality Ohio, and the other amazing organizations listed below. Together, we can make a difference and forge a path to LGBTQ+ equality for all!
Equality Ohio is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.https://equalityohio.org
Kaleidoscope is the largest and longest-standing organization in Ohio solely dedicated to serving and supporting queer youth. They provide a safer place, programming, and leadership opportunities so that youth can be free to explore who they are and empowered to become their confident, truest self. To donate, please visit their website: https://www.kycohio.org
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. To donate, please visit their website: https://www.thetrevorproject.org
"The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. We do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power." To donate, please visit their website: https://marshap.org
Equitas is a regional non-profit health system serving the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ in 13 cities in the Midwest. To donate, please visit their website: https://give.equitashealth.com