In many ways, this year has been remarkably grim for the LGBTQ+ community. State lawmakers have introduced more anti-trans bills than ever before; hate crimes are on the rise; and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric has been normalized in political debates. And after a gunman killed five and injured dozens more at an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs, CO, on Nov. 19, the community has been reeling, stricken even harder with grief.
At the same time, members of the community have made great strides. For the first time ever, LGBTQ+ candidates were on the ballot in all 50 states in the midterms, and Congress is poised to pass federal legislation protecting the right to same-sex marriage.
The simultaneous groundbreaking visibility and increased threats go to show that change is possible — but not if LGBTQ+ community members and allies stop fighting.
There are small and big ways we can all support the LGBTQ+ community in 2022 and beyond, so we asked experts and advocates for their best actionable tips. Keep reading to find out why you should attend school board meetings, which organizations to donate to, and more.
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