Since Pride month I have been continuing to team up with my friends at State Farm to post about LGBTQ+ issues and highlight some of the great work organizations are doing to advance LGBTQ+ rights and support across the country. I thought it would be helpful to round up some of the ways we can all help keep pride going all year long.
1. Getting involved
Ever since I was at college I’ve been involved in volunteering for local organizations and have always found it interesting, rewarding and a lot of fun! Lots of local LGBTQ+ organizations need people with time and energy to help. For example, GLSEN has local chapters and The Trevor Project has a volunteer program. Plus, you can always check out State Farm’s Neighborhood of Good where you can find local opportunities to volunteer in your local area.2. Make a regular donation
Regular donors make such a difference to a not-for-profits as they provide more certainty and stability for the organization and helps them to plan and invest into their great work. They are much more likely to take on larger projects or hire more staff if they know they have regular donations coming in rather than just one-off donations. If you can make a regular donation to an LGBTQ+ organization, please do. I have been doing this for the last couple of years — it doesn’t have to be a lot and remember they are often tax deductible. If you work for a company, don’t forget that some employers will match your donations. I also use a ride sharing app which rounds up my fare to the nearest dollar and donates that automatically to a not-for-profit of my choice. I don’t notice this couple of cents or dollars each day, but it adds up over the year and is a great way to seamlessly build giving back into your everyday life.3. Keep speaking out
The final thing I am doing is continuing to be proud and speaking out about who I love – showing people that we all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. We have a long way to go, but I know in my experience one of the most powerful experiences in changing minds is getting to know people and talking to them. I know this isn’t going to change everyone’s mind, but I still think it is really important and effective way to change hearts and minds so that everyone in the LGBTQ+ community feels free to live their truth. As I said in a recent Instagram post: pride only exists when we are all free to be proud.