This Valentines Day, Follow These 4 Organizations Fighting for LGBTQ Rights
This coming Valentine’s Day will be unlike any we’ve experienced.
It’s not only because we’re battling a devastating pandemic, but we also now have a president who proved on his very first day in office that he will fight for the LGBTQ community — by signing an executive order to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. What a refreshing change!
Despite this good news, the battle for equality persists, especially at the state and local levels. Right now, conservative state lawmakers from Montana to Mississippi are shamefully trying to limit the rights of the LGBTQ community, especially transgender people.
For over 35 years, our members who use our products and services every day have helped us fund so many great progressive organizations fighting for civil rights and equality — totaling over $14 million since 1985 — and today, we’d like to lift up some of our recent grantees who are fighting for LGBTQ rights. Read on to learn more about each group, and please give them a follow to support their important work.
National LGBTQ Task Force
The National LGBTQ Task Force is the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group and a longtime CREDO ally in the fight for equality. The Task Force utilized a recent grant from CREDO members to ensure the LGBTQ community wasn’t overlooked in the 2020 Census and that everyone would be counted. Since 1986, CREDO members have helped us donate $496,678 to the Task Force.
Today, some of the Task Force’s work includes advocating for state-specific LGBTQ rights legislation, like in Michigan, and an upcoming Sex Ed Leadership Project which “aims to strengthen local efforts by young LGBTQ activists to advocate for sex education policy changes.”
Transgender Law Center
Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all. A recent donation from CREDO helped the organization address the humanitarian crisis for all migrants at the border, especially transgender people, by protecting healthcare access, representing and assisting vulnerable immigrants and litigating to hold ICE responsible for abuses. CREDO members have given $67,920 to TLC.
TLC continues to advocate for the Trans Agenda for Liberation, a community-led guide that “addresses the urgent political, legal, and social violence enacted against our communities, while channeling trans imagination to bring our boldest visions to life.”
American Civil Liberties Union
Whether it’s winning full equality for LGBTQ people, fighting for immigrants, ending mass incarceration, or preserving abortion or voting rights, the ACLU is on the frontlines defending all people from government abuse and overreach. Since 1988, CREDO has donated $1,534,239 million to the ACLU and its affiliates..
Recently, the ACLU and its state affiliates have been fighting discriminatory legislation in state legislatures, including bills in South Dakota that would ban transgender people from obtaining birth certificates that accurately reflect their identity; multiple bills in North Dakota attacking trans athletes, discriminating against LGBTQ people, and making it more difficult for LGBTQ people to adopt a newborn; and incredibly discriminatory Alabama policy that violates the rights of transgender people.
National Women’s Law Center
NWLC uses the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us—especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.
An upcoming CREDO grant will help NWLC fight for gender justice, taking on issues that are central to the lives of women and girls by driving change in the courts, public policy, and our society, especially for women facing multiple forms of discrimination. Be sure to vote for them on our ballot this month at CREDODonations.com to help distribute our $150,000 grant.