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New Year, New Advocate

Jan 11, 2022 | Seattle Pride

Elected officials and policy makers need to hear the voices of all who support LGBTQIA+ equality and inclusion. Members of the queer and trans community appreciate your support!

If you are looking for ways to advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights, Seattle Pride has you covered.

Before you jump into lobbying your legislators or organizing a protest, it's important to make sure you are taking leadership from those who are the most impacted by the issues you care about. Not sure how to do that? Read on!

Remember to...

1. Recognize your privilege
Everyone carries with them certain levels of privilege, and having privilege does not mean that you are immune to life’s hardships... but it does mean having an unearned benefit or advantage one receives in society by nature of your identity. Examples of types of identity that can afford an individual privilege include: race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, country of origin, language, and/or ability. By recognizing your privilege, you are better equipped to listen and take leadership from those who are the most impacted.

2. Educate yourself
One of the first things to do when attempting to be a better ally is to educate oneself. It can be daunting to know what to do or how to behave, but thankfully the internet has a plethora of information to get you started! One of the best places to start when first learning about the LGBTQIA+ community is with basic LGBTQIA+ terminology. Check out the Seattle Pride Pinterest board ("Seattle Pride Educates") for some great who's who / what's what terminology and more!

3. Acknowledge the reality
While it is still dangerous for all in the LGBTQIA+ community to live authentically to some degree, we need to acknowledge that Black trans women are the most targeted and hurt by hate crimes. Make sure you take some time to research what has been going on around the country so you can truly understand the breadth and depth of anti-LGBTQIA+ crimes... specifically against our most marginalized and targeted communities.

Are you ready to jump in?

Here are just a few ways you can make a real difference!

There you have it! There are always more ways to advocate, but this is a great jumping-off point for 2022! Thank you for caring about our LGBTQIA+ community.