While Kansas Elected LGBTQ Politicians, the State Still Has Much More to Go for Equality.

Next month, Kansas will swear in two openly LGBTQ lawmakers and Laura Kelly, Kansas' new Democratic governor, has promised to end LGBTQ discrimination in employment, LJ World reports.

While Kansas achieved a large milestone, LGBTQ activists  may be disappointed that their goals could potentially very difficult to meet, even though Laura Kelly promised to break with Republican tradition.

The legislature of Kansas is still very much red, with the Kansas government being mostly Republican. It is projected that Kansas will become more conservative after the 2018 election, which will make it harder for Kelly and LGBTQ activists to reverse anti-LGBTQ policies in the state.

Tom Witt, the executive director of Equality Kansas, notes that it's not the decision of the governor whether or not hearings take place and bills get passed, which means that while Kansas elected an ally to be governor, it is not certain that Kelly was be able to accomplish all that she wants to get done. Kelly, however, is planning on issuing an executive order on the first day that she takes office that would prevent employers from discriminating against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Kansas, though, still has a great deal of catching up to do, as the legislature has added at least six conservatives at the cost of moderate seats as well as elected a more conservative Majority leader. 

Chuck Weber, executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference (nice alliteration) said that "most Kansans understand the nature of the family,” implying that a family should have a mother and father only, and not two mothers or two fathers. Backing up Weber's comment (as much as I hate to do so), in 2005, Kansas added a ban on same-sex marriage to the state constitution. This addition was met with a 70% approval rate. However, since Obergefell v. Hodges, the ban hasn't been enforced.

In 2007,then Democratic governor Kathleen Sibelius issued an executive order that banned anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment but in 2015, Republican governor Sam Brownback repealed it because he felt that such a decision should have been made by legislators and the conservative members of Kansas' government would have most likely not agreed to the pro-LGBTQ policy.

Brownback is no longer the governor but was replaced by conservative Jeff Colyer, who signed a measure that would allow adoption agencies to refuse sending children to a same-sex household based on religion reasons.

Additionally, just this June, Kansas' Republican Party's election platform called for an amendment to the US constitution that would bar same-sex marriage so that “judges and legislatures cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it.” Are they talking about incest and/or bestiality? Because that argument is just not a good one.

The party also expoused the idea that "The benefits and privileges of marriage exist only between one man and one woman," which we know now is objectively false.

Yes, Kansas electing openly LGBTQ people such as Laura Kelly, Sharice Davids, or State Representatives Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard, who were elected in the Kansas City suburbs, is a step forward toward LGBTQ equality, it is not known just how widespread this progress is. But big change does not happen overnight and the best we can hope for is for Kansas to eventually turn blue. 

Right now it's looking pretty in purple.

h/t: LJ World

Malaysia's Next Potential Prime Minister Seeks to Abolish Anti-Gay Laws

Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's forthcoming Prime Minister, is adamant in dismantling antiquated anti-gay laws, according to Into More.

Malaysia has not had the best track record in regard to LGBT rights, with the country's government not being able to accept LGBTQ people as it goes against the dominant religion of Islam. Gay sex is also illegal in Malaysia and people who are charged and found guilty of having gay sex can find themselves imprisoned for years up to twenty years.

One such person is Anwar Ibrahim, who was found guilty of having gay sex in both 1998 and 2008 and has spent a total of eleven years in jail. This is, I presume, partially why Ibrahim wants to do away with the archaic laws. Ibrahim has repeatedly denied the charges against him.

He has called the sodomy laws "unjust" and said that "Not only [am I a] victim, but many others can be victims." Frequently when Ibrahim when imprisoned he was placed in solitary confinement. His response to being denied seeing anyone is quite poetic. He said: "when it is denied to you, freedom is a torture and also a reason for survival." He also said that being in a small cell for a decade is "a tough experience" and that "You need to be strong-willed, you have a strong sense of conviction of what you believe in... if you understand that this is against the system, which is blatantly unjust, you realize that it's not going to be easy." 

Malaysia's current Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has said that LGBT rights are western values and another Malaysian politician, Mujahid Yusof Rawa, announced that the government will be releasing Guide to Self Migration, a "self-help" book that is basically a how-to manual for conversion therapy. It is currently available in the Google Play store but I don't recommend any Android users download it.

During a meeting, Ibrahim said in regard to the sodomy laws: "I've called publicly for the revision of the laws because I consider them archaic and they could be used against people." Some people in the meeting believe that he is talking around the question, saying that he's more concerned about protecting innocent people than protecting the rights of LGBTQ Malaysians. Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has said that gay and trans people can coexist in Malaysia as long as they don't promote their "lifestyle." Despite this, both he and his wife strongly condemned the whipping of two women who were "attempting to have sex."

Ibrahim has also promised to reform Malaysia's socioeconomic and political inequality against the marginalized, as a staggering 99.7% of Malaysian children who live in low-income housing in Kuala Lumpur are impoverished, 7% are living in complete poverty, and 22% have stunted growth due to malnutrition. 

It seems to me that LGBTQ rights in Malaysia are slowly coming into light with more people accepting non-heterosexual identities, but there is still a great deal of homophobia among the Malaysian population. It's nice to see that a potential politician is taking steps to increase LGBTQ rights, but is he really doing it for the sake of LGBTQ people? Let's hope so.

h/t: Into More

How Would You Respond To Getting Pepper Sprayed In The Supposed 'Wrong' Restroom

I had the pleasure of going to a new bar in Wilton Manors last weekend.  In the place that was Sidelines, then Balls, then The G Spot, a new bar called PINT has opened. It's monopolizing on the semi-new trend of adults playing video games while out enjoying a pint, shot, etc.  I got my DIG DUG on so hard and racked up the top two scores very easily. 

Then it came time to break the seal. I was on a mission that night to use as many as my free drink chips before they expire at the end of the year so there was a flood a comin'.  As I approached the restrooms, I had to reset my bearings to figure out where I could talk to a man about a horse. 

I so had to pee, but then I was forced to read.  Where were the male symbols or female sign.  Were they going to use a picture of Mario and Peach to tell people where to pee?  What was going to be their gimmick?

There was no gimmick, no catch, no cutesy little whatever. There were just simple words. 



So simple, why haven't we thought about this before. Just go into a place where we expel waste water and sit or stand, what ever you need to do.  It's not a voting booth or a political rally.  You are not there to make friends and who strikes up conversations in there.  Just sit/stand and pee.

I went in, stood at the urinal and did what I needed to do in that room.  I was hoping for someone to come in and actually chat, because those signs put a huge smile on my face for their approach and solution to a supposed problem for many out there, letting people pee how they need to, choose to. 

Unfortunately peeing is so political. Model and activist and educator Rain Dove recently had an incident in a bathroom where a mother pepper sprayed them for she thought Rain should not be in the bathroom they were in. 

Rain/They told PinkNews that security came into the restroom and asked if they were okay. The initial reaction was to try and remove Rain from the sink where they were trying to get the pepper spray out, thinking Rain was a man and in the wrong restroom.

Rain Dove added that they didn’t hear anything about the assault after that night until the end of October when mother decided to reach out all over social media to Rain.


Then suddenly out of the blue this person contacted me again. We had a conversation and here’s how it went. We have a Skype convo schedule with a trans friend of mine as well to get another perspective. In exchange we are buying this person lunch via delivery. Just get the education out there. Stop the pain. Stop the violence. Stop the homogenous assessment. See me for my actions not my body. I am an experience. I am intentions. I am an awareness. Not simply flesh. 

What a response.  I think I would not have been as calm, cool, and collected during the event or a month later.  Bravo for Rain for using such words and promoting her approach with the has tags"

#LetMePee #GivePEEceAChance#genderqueer #genderfluid #lgbtq#bathroombreak #trans#transpeoplearepeople #lovewins#seeME #educatedonthate#genderisthematrix #PoopHappens

I'm a new fan of Rain Dove. With their attitude and desire to educate and not hate.  

Here are some of the Instagram posts from Rain Dove's page I wanted to highlight, but go over for yourself and see their approach to life. 



I’m not a boy. I’m not a girl either. I am an I. A Being in a vessel that can not accurately be compared to another Being’s. My genitals are not the same as yours. My kidneys are not the same as yours. My tastebuds are not the same as yours. My nipples are not the same as yours. My toes are not the same as yours. We are not ants. And even they are infinitely different when you look closely. When it comes to labels I let You label me as You see fit. Your definitions are for You to have and they are valid in their own right- You will only know what you allow yourself to know. And if You don’t know me personally it is a natural instinct to fill in the blanks. How You Define me does not Confine me. The label you give me personally does not harm me- it does not enrage me. It does not cause me to lose sleep. It does not cause me to question myself. I have detached from the responsibility to make You feel a certain way or adhere to certain language around me. I’m using that energy to focus on just existing in the best light for me. For You. For us. For them. The only thing You need to know about me if You feel I am an alien thing is simple “I come in Peace”. So please let me be in such as well. I promise I’m likely not a sign of “the end of days” and even if I were and you’re correct then don’t panic. Isn’t the afterlife for believers like You supposed to be perfection? Ps this side by side was one of the first ever made and it just hit 10 MILLION CIRCULATIONS today! #IamI #CleanUpOnAisle7 #lgbtq #genderqueer #genderisthematrix #lovewins #BodiesArentComparable #SayYesToTheDress #youmissedaspot

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It’s #nationalcomingoutday and while it is awesome, that means many many people who feel its unsafe to be ”OUT” are seeing tons of images online from individuals joyfully celebrating their ability to. I remember being in a small town, terrified to be honest about who I was and who I wanted to love. Coming out meant potentially shattering everything I knew- and when You live in the middle of nowhere it can feel like you’re trapped. Unable to escape if things go wrong. These are the environments in which it is the hardest to choose to live. It can feel like this life is the only one you’ll ever have, and it’s so miserable why continue to choose it at all? So for those who can align with this journey, I say hold in there. Not all family is blood. Not every friend you’ll have in a lifetime is in your life right now. There are 7.8 billion people on the planet and growing. There are whole tribes out there waiting for You to find them and join them. We love You. And we are excited to see how You exist on this planet. Hold on just a little longer- there is a purpose You are here. And there is absolutely a better future to come. #WegotYou #educatedonthate #lovewins #lgbtq #genderqueer #genderfluid #trans #queer #wegotyou #loveishere (to clarify for those confused at the use of “tribe” my name Rain Dove comes from our Abenaki medicine woman. It is considered a reclamation of the word for us to affiliate the word “tribe” with inclusiveness, love, ultimate safety and protection. Previously the word was used to oppress and demean by colonizers as if any of a tribe were “uncivilized” but by saying a “tribe” is for anyone seeking safety and love- we re-empower the origin of the word. Not every indigenous tribe feels this way but it’s a practice of our own.)

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Which to wear on my wedding day? What do you think? It’s been long combatted amongst my family and peers which they would see me wear if marriage finds me at some point in life. Arguments heated with indignant rage have swept the room as people express their opinions and reasoning. From “Its tradition” to “Well they are butch so that’s what butches wear” to “Itd be a shame to miss out on the authentic experience every girl gets to have” to “that’s not what God intended” to “Rain is too manly for a dress anyway. It would be too hilarious” who knew a simple outfit could get so political? So, despite the fact that an aisle is not in my immediate future I did some research to determine which would be better for my wallet. The answer was not surprising at all... but the price tags were. The average cost of a wedding in the USA is apparently $32,506 according to several national statistics and the median is $16,774 WHAAAT?! and several traditions suggest the perceived “bride’s” parents pay for most of it. Usually 70-85% in fact! This interestingly enough also may apply to “same sex”/“gender weddings where a human is delegated “the butch” vs the “femme”. On top of that the average cost of a wedding dress is $1100-2500 whereas the average cost of a tux is $400-500. With tux rentals as cheap as $75 for the special day. Hair, makeup, accessories for the “bride” can cost average $650 plus 3-4 hours of prep time. Where as the “groom” pays an average of $80-150 and 1-2 hours max grooming time. Basically- getting married as the “bride” is EXPENSIVE. Far more so than for the “groom”. When I get married (if I choose to do so) and if I’m forced to be the “bride”, I’ll be doing everyone’s wallet and watch a favor by wearing a tux. If not then light up sneakers, ripped Henley shirt and a decent pair of dark jeans with some unicorn patches on them. And I’ll put all that saved money towards charity and the CAKE- which is the most important part anyway. #aDRESSingTheIssue #ReasonsForGlitter #weddingdress #weddingcake #genderqueer #genderfluid #gendercapitalism #educatedonthate #lgbtq #frolic @mannaestore for the @crazyexgalpal @fellstonemanor

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Companies Show Their Support For Same-Sex Marriage In Taiwan Days Before Referendum

Last year Taiwan’s top court declared same-sex couples had the legal right to marry, but conservative groups took it as a call to action and successfully petitioned for a referendum scheduled to take place on November 24th.

Taiwan’s constitutional court had given the government until May 2019 to legalize same-sex marriage, ruling that the civil code’s definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. If the government didn’t meet the deadline, the court said, same-sex marriage would simply become legal automatically.

With just one week to go, last Friday found major corporations are throwing their vote into the public letting all know where they stand.  Twenty seven companies like JPMorgan, IBM, Google, and Microsoft showed their support for same-sex marriage in Taiwan.  Their joint statement said same-sex couples “deserve the same right to marry in Taiwan as other couples” and policies like these that promote diversity would only benefit business and assist Taiwan in the business world with attracting and keeping quality employees.

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Taiwan is one of the most liberal nations in Asia, where most other nations are very conservative politically and especially with LGBTQ+ equality.

Proponents of equal rights have not been happy with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. His election campaign included the promise of bringing marriage equality to the nation, but he personally has done little to make this happen.

The Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation lobbied for the referendum after the court's ruling believing that the island nation was “not ready for drastic changes" and stated that if same-sex couples wanted to be legally together, there should be different laws for them so they would not have to redefine marriage laws for all.

The Nov. 24 referendum has four questions related to same-sex marriage, two for and two against.

In all, ten questions appear on the ballot. Five of the questions reviewed and approved by the Central Election Commission (CEC) relate to LGBT rights, LGBT sex education and same-sex marriage. Four other questions on the ballot regard international games representation, nuclear power, coal power and a ban on imports of agricultural products and food from areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.The tenth question asks voters to reject Article 95-1 of the Electricity Act, which stipulates that all of the nation’s nuclear power generating facilities should be decommissioned by 2025. This question had originally been rejected by the CEC, though the commission reversed its decision after being ordered by the Taipei High Administrative Court to accept an additional 24,000 signatures added to the petition. - wikipedia.com

For a referendum to pass, 25 percent of the eligible voters must vote in favor of the question.

Do you think corporations would come out against same-sex marriage?

h/t: reuters.com

Guyana Removes Anti-LGBTQ Laws

A Guyanese law that punished people for dressing as the opposite was recently overturned, as the court believed that the law does not belong in modern times, according to Pink News.

The decision came about after the law was challenged by four transgender women who were arrested in 2009. They were punished for cross-dressing in public, fined approximately $100 each, and told by a judge to "go to church and gives their lives to Jesus." The court sided with the women and said that the law treated transgender and gender non-conforming people unfairly based on their gender identity and expression. It also found that what the judge said to the women was inappropriate. The court ruled that the law was created during a "different time and no longer served any legitimate purpose in Guyana" and that it was "unconstitutionally vague, violated the appellants’ right to protection of the law and was contrary to the rule of law.”

The judge in this case, Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders, said that society changes and, because of that, the constitution should be read in whole and that courts should be mindful of using the constitution in a way that is not intended, such as using it to justify discrimination against certain people.

Out of the twelve countries in South America, Guyana is the only one in which homosexuality is still as they follow laws under a colonial-era penal code. In Guyana, men who have sex with other men could technically serve life in prison under the penal code. However, many Guyanese people question how valid such laws still are in the modern era and LGBTQ activists are fighting for homosexuality to be decriminalized. By striking down the anti-trans law, the Guyanese government is showing that they are open to supporting LGBTQ rights, which may lead to the decriminalization of homosexuality. 

h/t: Pink News

Illinois Prison Workers Will Have Training on Transgender Issues

Prison is a place that most people would like to avoid but some do end up incarcerated. The prison experience is especially difficult for transgender inmates as they are frequently placed in prisons that correspond to their biological sex rather than gender identity. However, thanks to the results of a recent lawsuit, Illinois prison workers will now be required to be trained on transgender issues, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The lawsuit involved a transgender inmate, Deon "Strawberry" Hampton, who is suing the Illinois Department of Corrections because she feels that she has been mistreated in the multiple men's prisons she has been incarcerated in. She has repeatedly asked to be transferred to a women's prison as she thinks that she would be safer there, but such a request is very infrequently granted.

In the men's prisons she's been in, she said that she was sexually abused multiple times. Some instances of the abuse include a prison guard pulling down her pants and asking her what genitals she has, was forced to have sex with another inmate for the enjoyment of the guards, and was forced to have sex with a member of the prison staff. She and her cellmate were threatened with death if they spoke out against the abuse. She has also been sexually abused by other inmates.

Strawberry has identified as female since the age of five and has been on hormones since 2016 to shrink her muscles and male anatomy to appear more female. Doctors have said that her testosterone levels closely resembles that of a surgically castrated male's. 

By now we have all probably heard about Trump's redefinition of gender, in which one's gender is determined by birth genitalia. In conjunction with the potential redefining, the Trump administration rolled back Obama-era protections for transgender inmates in May, the result being that transgender inmates are assigned to prisons that match their biological sex.

Now that the lawsuits that Strawberry filed have been solved, prison workers in Illinois will be trained in dealing with transgender inmates and the unique issues that transgender people face in general. By having this training, I hope that other states will follow suit and require this for all prisons across the nation, as nobody deserves to be sexually assaulted. 

h/t: Chicago Tribune 

Rainbow Clad Students Defy Government's Warnings

According to Gay Star News Despite threats from the government, Polish students decided to celebrate Rainbow Friday, a day in which schools and LGBT organizations provide students with information relating to lesbian gay, bisexuals, and transgender people to shed light on the importance of equality.

In a display of (righteous) recalcitrance, Polish students from multiple schools donned their gay apparel by decorating themselves with rainbow garb to celebrate Rainbow Friday, support LGBT rights, and protest the Polish government's regressive stance towards equality. 

Rainbow Friday has been celebrated in Poland for the past three years but it was banned this year due to increasing pressure from the right-wing media, the Minister of National Education, Anna Zalewska, said that any schools caught participating in Rainbow Friday will be breaking Education Laws.

LGBT organizations recognized this policy as a way to silence the voices of LGBT people and called it an "premeditated, ongoing attack." Campaign Against Homophobia, a local LGBT group confirmed that certain schools went through with celebrating Rainbow Friday despite governmental threats. Students posted pictures of themselves in rainbow attire and accessories to Twitter with the hashtag "#TęczowyPiątek," which, in Polish, means "Rainbow Friday." The Polish government will continue to dole out punishments to any schools that participate in Rainbow Friday.

It's nice to see youth fighting back against harmful policies and governmental pressure as it shows promise in regard to attitudes towards equal rights. Since Rainbow Friday has been celebrated in the past, there is a possibility that the decision to ban it may be reversed.

h/t: Gay Star News

Atlanta GA, San Antonio TX Receive Perfect Scores in LGBTQ Equality

LGBTQ equality has been slowly but surely advancing in the United States. There have been setbacks such as the numerous bathroom bills or county clerks not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but the good, in my opinion, outweighs the bad. Certain states have excellent anti-discrimination laws to prevent people from discriminating against LGBTQ people and even some cities in traditionally conservative states have been stepping up in support of LGBTQ people. Namely Atlanta, Georgia and San Antonio, Texas.

According to Project Q, Atlanta received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, which measures things such as anti-discrimination laws, making restrooms accessible to transgender individuals, and protection from forced conversion therapy. This is the sixth consecutive time that Atlanta has received this score, where as nine other cities in Georgia received failing scores. HRC president Chad Griffin said in response to the exceptional score that it is “vitally important that cities like Atlanta are stepping up to provide crucial, commonsense protections for their LGBTQ residents and visitors.”

And it is. Positive change starts small, and by Atlanta and its residents standing up for LGBTQ rights in a state that has no protection for LGBTQ individuals, Atlantians are saying that they want to achieve full equality.

Another city that received a perfect score, according to My San Antonio, the Texas city also received a perfect score in the Municipal Equality Index, making it another safe space in a traditionally conservative state without LGBT nondiscrimination laws. This is the first year that San Antonio has received such a score. Robert Salcido, executive director of Pride Center San Antonio, said "For LGBTQ Texans, legal protections and services vary widely depending on where you call home." San Antonio received a perfect score this year due to increased services for LGBT seniors, added policy language directed toward anti-LGBTQ bullying programs, and other things, says Salcido. 

Other Texas cities that have received a high score on the MEI are Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin. Other cities did not score as well, as Corpus Christi received a meager score of 48 and Laredo scoring a 0.

It is my hope that cities such as Atlanta and San Antonio will lead by example and show other cities that having equal rights for LGBTQ people will ultimately create a more egalitarian society. 

h/t: Project Q, My San Antonio

From Hate Comes Support: How Colorado is Paving a Path Towards LGBT Leadership

I've written about how this year holds the record for LGBTQ people running for positions in government in my post "Historic Number of LGBTQ People Run for Congress." In Colorado, there are currently seven LGBTQ individuals, which is a great feat. However, things in the Centennial State weren't always so great for LGBT people, reports the Denver Post

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On the faithful night in 1992 when Bill Clinton was elected president, Democrats were ecstatic, as an unprecedented number of women were running for Congress, many of which won. While it was a great accomplishment for women across the country, lawmakers in Colorado passed Amendment 2, which, according to BallotPedia, would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people by prohibiting the state of Colorado from adopting protections for non-heterosexual people, making Colorado known colloquially as the Hate State. This caused boycotts to Colorado-based businesses, which caused a decrease in revenue. In addition, the amendment sparked LGBT activism across the state. In October of 1995, a Supreme Court case, Romer v. Evans was introduced to repeal Amendment 2, according to Justia. In this case, many people in Colorado felt that the amendment violated the Equal Protections Clause, which, as the name suggests, says that businesses do not have the right to deny equal protection under the law. The Court decided 6-3 in May of 1996 to repeal the amendment.

However, while the amendment was overturned, Colorado lawmakers did not stop creating anti-LGBT legislation across state and federal levels. Democratic Colorado politicians helped elect liberal-minded people into the state legislature to help stop anti-LGBT laws being passed.

After Bill Clinton's presidency was over, George W. Bush, a man who attempted to create a nationwide amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, won the presidency twice. On the day of his reelection, Colorado switched from being a Republican-run state to a Democrat-run one. Under Democrat control, state legislature passed a bill to add protections for transgender people to Colorado's existing hate crime statutes. Eventually, Colorado state legislature passed laws that included protection in housing, employment, and adoption rights. Colorado is one of the few states that offers full protection under the law for LGBT people. 

Even now, more and more LGBTQ people are running for positions in Congress because of the ever-popular "bathroom bills" sweeping the nation and worries over the Trump administration's stance on LGBT rights. 

Being born at the tail end of 1994 in New Jersey, I am fortunate enough to have been born in a time and location where LGBT people lived and continue to live in a relatively equal state. Unfortunately, there are still many places in the United States and around the world where LGBT people are being treated unfairly, to put it lightly. Colorado, once a hot bed of anti-LGBT leadership, has now become one of the best states for LGBT people because of the unacceptable, hateful policies that were in place to harm lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people. When people create hate, others fight back with love. It is my hope that across the US, LGBT people will be treated equally and fairly, as bigotry has no place in the land of the free.

h/t: Denver PostBallotPediaJustia

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For Mother's Day HRC Announces Star-Studded "Moms For Equality" Campaign

Even with progress being made every day, the fact is LGBTQ youth face disproportionately high rates of bullying, anxiety and depression.

But when it comes to kids, few are as ferocious a defender as a mom.

So just in time for Mother’s Day, the Human Rights Campaign has announced a new “Moms for Equality” campaign featuring mothers of famous LGBTQs urging their fellow parents and allies to join the fight for equality. 

Kelly Rippon, Sally Field, Betty DeGeneres, Jodie Patterson and more share tributes and truth in the new campaign, chronicling their journeys to becoming fierce advocates of LGBTQ people. 

“Everyone, LGBTQ or otherwise, should get to live as freely as Adam does –– and, as one of HRC’s Moms for Equality, I’m committed to making that happen,” says Kelly Rippon, mother of out Olympic bronze medalist (and "America's sweetheart") Adam Rippon.

“This whole campaign has become such a family affair. All of us are in this fight for LGBTQ equality for Adam, of course, but also for all those young people like him who haven’t had an easy time openly being themselves," added Rippon. "They need allies to support them, now more than ever!”

“At 20, Sam came out proudly as a gay man: to us and to a world where some still hate you just for being different. Ten years later and that hate seems to have only gotten stronger,” says Oscar winner Sally Field writes in a touching tribute for the “Moms for Equality” campaign. “But with you, we can help stop hate in its tracks.”

“It’s on us to change the world for these kids and make it a better place. Just like my Ellen did 21 years ago and continues to do to this day,” says Betty DeGeneres, mother of Ellen DeGeneres. “I’m a proud Mom for Equality and a longtime member of HRC.”

Jodie Patterson, recently named one of “The 20 Most Influential Moms of 2018” by Family Circle magazine, shares, “As a mom, I’ve always wanted to fix things. But, as I soon realized, there wasn’t anything about Penelope that needed fixing. He, like every transgender child, was simply announcing to me and to the world how he truly saw himself.

“He was boldly claiming his identity,” said Patterson. “I joined the fight for transgender equality that very day and I’m here, seven years later, to keep that fight going as one of HRC’s Moms for Equality!”

Limited edition “Fight Like A Mother” t-shirts are available to those who join the campaign through Mother’s Day.