Ways To Advocate and Show Support for LGBTQIA+ Communities
Just minutes before the clock struck midnight on November 20, National Transgender Day of Remembrance, a gunman opened fire at Club Q, an LGBTQIA+ community safe space in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He killed 5 people and injured at least 18 others.
It was two bystanders, a veteran supporting his family friend at a drag show and a trans woman, who stepped up to save countless lives. We need to show up for them and the community now more than ever.
These targeted attacks follow months of anti-LGBTQIA+ sentiment — often under the guise of “fairness” in sports, thinly-veiled conspiracy theories about “grooming” children at family-friendly drag shows, and supposedly “protecting” spaces meant for women.
Homophobic and transphobic violence persists at record levels, and politicians have placed our very right to life on the line.
These times are frightening, tiresome, and troubling. But there are things you can do to help alleviate some of the symptoms of violence, by either donating or sharing to organizations that are working to combat violence, promote empathy, and heal wounds.
Source: Alexander Grey
Help the victims of the shootings.
Donate to LGBTQIA+ mutual aid and support groups.
The Okra Project
The HELP Center
The Ali Forney Center
Trans Housing Coalition
For the Gworls
Other mutual aid groups
Set up a mutual aid group yourself
Stay educated about anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric.