LGBTQ+ Advocacy 101: Myths About Contacting Your Lawmakers
Legislators need to hear from LGBTQ+ people like you—but calling or emailing your lawmaker can feel scary or overwhelming. In this 5 minute video, grassroots advocate, lobbyist, and former US Senate Staffer Bethany Snyder dispels common myths about advocacy and shares how you can get more involved.
The Patterson Family’s Adoption Journey
The Pattersons giggle when they introduce their family—two girls and two dads, standing in front of their Arizona home mastering the art of selfie videos
Nancy and Laura’s Story
“I love my family. It’s sorta like music, and my family would be the remix.” Thirteen-year-old Merrick smiles when he talks about his family. The
Dennis and Elan’s Story
States of Equality: Timothy in Tennessee
States of Equality: Charise in Oklahoma
An Oklahoma native, Charise came out to her family in high school, and the reaction from her family forced her to leave home and live out on her own for years. During that time, she became partnered with someone who was physically and verbally abusive. In the midst of this relationship Charise kept finding that police, domestic violence support agencies, and housing facilities were limited in their understanding of how intimate partner violence affects LGBTQ people.
States of Equality: Tristan in Nevada
“When I would tell my foster mom about the type of bullying I was experiencing at school, she just told me to ‘suck it up’ and that I should expect this type of treatment because I am different,” Tristan said.
States of Equality: Dana & Christy in MI
The couple reached out to two child placing agencies in their area: Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services. The agencies did not subject them to any in-depth investigation of their relationship or character — the only thing they knew was that the pair was a same-sex couple. And they were turned away because same-sex couples do not meet these agencies’ religious eligibility standards.
States of Equality: Terry in Idaho
Scraggins’ story underscores the need for more comprehensive inclusivity training for foster care parents and child placing agencies. Growing up both LGBTQ and biracial in Idaho, where African Americans make up less than 1% of the state’s population, Scraggins constantly encountered people who did not know how to support his growth and development.
States of Equality: Chris Strickland in Mississippi
Chris Strickland was born and raised in Mississippi and recently went back to school and completed a bachelors in criminal justice. Chris is a Mom,
States of Equality: Brittany & Jessica in Mississippi
States of Equality: Drew in Texas
Drew Pierson is a Texas dad who first tried to adopt and foster over a decade ago, but was pushed away and discriminated against by several child-placing agencies for being a gay man.