Last week, GLAAD gave thanks for the tremendous advances in equality for LGBT people and their families. As we look towards the coming year, we know there is much more work left to be done, and we need your help to do it.
Today is #GivingTuesday (#GT), a national campaign observed annually that's dedicated to celebrating and supporting the work of non-profit organizations. #GivingTuesday provides Americans an opportunity to put the money they saved on 'Black Friday' and 'Cyber Monday' to good and charitable use. This year, we ask you to keep GLAAD in mind so we can continue our critical work to build support for LGBT equality.
Through our LGBT advocacy and work with the media, GLAAD has created real change. Because of the support we received in 2013, GLAAD has been able to facilitate major accomplishments for the LGBT community on the local, national, and even global levels. Just to name a few…
- Marriage equality saw triumphs with the repeal of DOMA, the ruling of California's Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, and full marriage protections extended in states like Hawaii, Illinois, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Delaware and more. Throughout it all, GLAAD has been on the ground with local advocates, sharing the stories of loving and committed couples in the media, and holding anti-LGBT pundits accountable for their inaccuracies and defamation. The more people learned about LGBT couples and families, the more likely they were to take that support to the ballot box.
- GLAAD and Rusa LGBT, a group that works to support LGBT Russians, have collaborated with several organizations to address the ongoing persecution of LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and oppression due to the country's recent "anti-gay propaganda" law. GLAAD is also working with LGBT leaders working on the ground in Russia.
- The Boy Scouts of America lifted its discriminatory ban on gay youth and will begin welcoming gay youth as a result of GLAAD's 18-month campaign calling on the Scouts to welcome LGBT members. The campaign continues today, as the Boy Scouts continue to bar LGBT leaders and parents from participating.
- GLAAD's annual anti-bullying campaign Spirit Day reached over 150 million people nationwide and attracted unprecedented levels of support for LGBT youth from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, the White House, every major sports league in America, tons of students and their schools, and many more.
- Bringing attention to discrimination against the transgender community, GLAAD and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project created the "Healthcare for All" public service announcement and petition. In turn, healthcare inequity for trans and gender non-conforming people gained huge attention on a national scale. That PSA was featured in mainstream outlets like E! Online, Entertainment Tonight, Perez Hilton, and many more.
- Leading a coalition of LGBT groups, GLAAD called on congressional representatives to bring about comprehensive and humane immigration reform that will keep families together.
- GLAAD's 18-month-long campaign to permanently pull the anti-LGBT Spanish-language show "José Luis Sin Censura" from the airwaves succeeded, and the show is now facing hefty (and historic) fines for featuring such encouraging violence against LGBT people.
- GLAAD released the first annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) mapping the quantity, quality, and diversity of lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people in films released by six major motion picture studios. We even created the Vito Russo Test to analyze how LGBT characters are represented and are now meeting with studios to advocate for more diverse images of LGBT people on the silver screen.
- Featuring athlete Kye Allums, actress Laverne Cox, organizer Reina Gosset, and GLAAD's own Tiq Milan as moderator, Growing Visibility: Transgender People in the Media panel discussion was organized by GLAAD in association with the New Organizing Institute and hosted at NYC's LGBT Community Center.
Because of your help, we have been able to fight back against anti-LGBT activists and continue building a culture where LGBT people are welcomed and supported.
With your support on #GivingTuesday and throughout the year, GLAAD will not only continue our current initiatives, but will be able to take them to new levels and expand our work for the LGBT movement as well---but we can't do it without your help.
Visit www.glaad.org/givingtuesday and tell your friends why you chose GLAAD this #GivingTuesday.