Action Brief: LGBT Rights

The LGBT rights movement has seen incredible progress in the past year with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” President Obama speaking out against the Defense of Marriage Act and the declaration of June as National LGBT Pride Month. However, there are still many obstacles to overcome. Whether you’re troubled by cases of bullying against LGBT youth or you are an advocate for gay marriage, lending your voice to this cause is simple. Here’s our guide to taking action on LGBT rights.

NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY | OCTOBER 11

Check out MTV’s “Coming Out” special + resources for youth and their allies:



  1. MTV’s “Coming Out”


  2. GLSEN’s Guide to Coming Out


  3. Trevor Project’s Things to Consider

CELEBRITIES TAKING ACTION

Meet a few celebrities taking action on the issue:



  1. Avan Jogia


  2. Brittany Snow


  3. Chelsea Handler


  4. Chris Colfer


  5. Dan Savage


  6. Lady Gaga


  7. Mike C. Manning


  8. Nicki Minaj


  9. Russel Simmons

5 WAYS TO GET STARTED

Be A Friend-Setter

Rally your friends online to come out in support of your LGBT friends, family, and the community at-large.

Act

Get Loud

Upload your own picture to the Love Is Louder Facebook page and take a stand against bullying and hate.

Act

Mobilize

Canvass in your community, contact your local representatives, and make sure to head to the polls to ensure LGBT-friendly legislation is passed. To stay informed, read up on what’s going on in your area.

Act

Have A ‘Day Of Silence’

On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools. Plan an event at your school or in your community.

Act

Get Social

Follow our list of tweeps looking to make an impact on Twitter, 140 characters at a time.

Act

LEARN MORE

  1. ACLU

  2. All Out

  3. Friendfactor

  4. GLSEN

  5. GLAAD

  6. HRC

  7. It Gets Better

  8. Love Is Louder

  9. No H8 Campaign

  10. PFLAG

  11. SBNN

  12. Trevor Project