“The fight for LGBTQ rights” always seems grandiose, and – as grandiose and radical phrases often do – her bravery obscures the more grainy and complex reality. The heart of any civil rights movement is courageous people who first realize, then challenge the prejudices that have been inflicted on them, and then wake up to do something. These are very personal and impactful decisions to make.
Then these people can ask for help, advice and support; they can ally themselves with others. A case is formed. The scope of such a case depends on luck and the hard, often thankless, work of activists, lawyers and activists from organizations such as the ACLU, Lambda Legal, the Transgender Law Center, HRC, and GLAAD. Support can come from smaller organizations and local branches of organizations; of volunteers working and soliciting.
This almost invisible work is important to highlight. The population at large may only see the results of this work on television in news bulletins at the end of months and years of work that they ignore. The ticker parades, fiery orchestral music, cheers, applause and slow-motion rainbow flags fluttering in the wind occur as a climax – and not often enough. Don’t let the colorful pride parades and all those LGBTQ characters on TV put you to sleep: in reality, LGBTQ people and their rights are under attack. LGBTQ people urgently need your active support now.
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