Education

Without educating ourselves on the experiences of Queer people, we won’t know how to build a better present and future.

Books

Bastard out of Carolina

Beebo Brinker

Ceremonies

Family Dancing

Giovanni’s Room

Heaven’s Coast

In the Deep End

Mrs. Dalloway

Nightwood

What is Not Yours is Not Yours

Written on the Body

Podcasts

Dead for Filth

Giovanni’s Room

Hoodrat to Headwrap

Disability After Dark

LGBTQ&A

Making Gay History

Nancy

One From the Vaults

Queery

Still Processing

The Read

The Ten

Throwing Shade

To L and Back

TV Shows

Euphoria

Pose

The Bold Type

The L Word

Kipo

Everything Sucks!

Feel Good

Rocko’s Modern Life

Sex Education

Do Something

The Queer community needs allies. Simple actions such as: sharing posts about and calling attention to homophobia and transphobia, refusing to support businesses that discriminate, voting for candidates that have a history of supporting the LGBTQIA community, and buying toys and books featuring queer people for the young people in your lives all help make a difference. 

Know that queer people would not have the rights we have without black, trans women.

When purchasing gear for Pride, buy from Queer people.

Know that trans people do not need to dress any certain way, they do not need to take hormones and they do not need to have surgery to be valid. 

Advocate for bathrooms without gender. Express your wishes to your favorite local restaurants and shops, your office, etc.

Ask the people you are interacting with what their pronouns are. Introduce yourself with your pronouns. Normalize talking about your pronouns. Put them in your social media bios, your email signatures, etc.

Don’t ask trans people what name they were born with.

Correct others when they use incorrect pronouns.

If you accidentally use incorrect pronouns, correct yourself. Don’t make it a big deal; apologize if you must, and move on using the correct pronouns. 

NEVER out someone without their permission. If someone confides in you, keep it to yourself. There are reasons why they haven’t come out publicly, and they are none of your business. 

Ask when and where it is safe to use their pronouns to avoid outing them on accident.

Never ask anyone about their hormone therapy, genitalia, or if they have had or plan to have any surgery regarding genitalia. Like it is for cisgender people, trans people’s medical history is private.

Queer people are tired. If you have questions, research first, then ask queer people, but only if the internet could not satiate your need for answers.

Research and know what each letter means in the acronym LGBTQIA+

Research and understand the difference between sex and gender.

Research and know the history of the Stonewall Riots. Ensure that the information you are ingesting has not been white-washed. Black trans women gave us Pride and began the Queer rights movement.

Google what cishet means.

If you are a cishet person, do not demand attention in Queer spaces. Be aware of how much space you take up.

Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect. 

Do not ask about queer people’s sex lives.

Show up for us at Pride AND the poles. Vote for candidates that not only include LGBTQIA+ equality in their campaigns, but also have a history of supporting the Queer community.

Stop calling things ‘gay’ when you mean to say ‘lame’. That young, queer kid heard you and now thinks it’s ‘gay’ to be gay.

Defend and protect your LGBT friends and family against discrimination. Stand up for them in public and online.

Anti-LGBT comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.

Donate to the Equality Federation 

https://www.equalityfederation.org/

Donate to the National Center for Transgender Equality 

https://transequality.org/

Organizations

Nonprofits need every bit of help they can get to give us the information and resources we need. Donating time and skills are just as valuable donations as money is to these organizations. Are you a copywriter? Offer 1 blog a month. Are you a graphic designer? Offer a t-shirt design. Do you cook? Bring the staff and volunteers lunch at their events. Anything helps, even simply spreading the word. It costs nothing to share a social post.

The Center on Colfax

Giving voice to Colorado’s LGBTQ community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.

Frameline

Frameline presents the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, the longest running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world.

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Today the Center’s more than 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

Provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.

Howard Brown Health Center

Promoting the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons through the provision of health care and wellness programs, including clinical, educational, social service and research activities.

Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Pride Foundation

The foundation inspires giving to expand opportunities and advance full equality for LGBTQ people across the Northwest.

Sustainable LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses

Shop at and support LGBTQ+ owned businesses by utilizing their services and products. Below are a few of our favorite businesses, along with great sources to find more LGBTQ+ owned businesses. If you’re not in the position to buy, we’ve also listed a few ways to help businesses without spending money.

Queer News

Keep up with Queer news using these online platforms!

Autostraddle

An intelligent, hilarious and provocative voice and a progressively feminist online community for multiple generations of kickass lesbian, bisexual and otherwise inclined ladies (and their friends). They are a trans-friendly website and aim to make Autostraddle an accepting and supportive environment for lesbian, bisexual and trans women, and non-binary people.

IG: AUTOSTRADDLE

Pink News

PinkNews is the brand for the global LGBTQ+ community and the next generation. Their mission is to inform, inspire change and impower people to be themselves.

IG: PINK_NEWS

QUEERTY

Queerty is an online magazine and newspaper covering gay-oriented lifestyle and news. Obviously, they have no agenda…except that gay one.

IG: QUEERTY

Activists Worth Following

Enhance your social feeds with LGBTQ+ activists.

Ericka Hart

She/They

Ericka is a breast cancer survivor, sex educator, model and speaker fighting for the lack of institutional care of queer, trans, black, brown and femme voices. ​

IG: @IHARTERICKA

Ose Arheghan

They/Them

Ose works with Advocates for Youth to champion sexual health education and reproductive justice for young people.

IG: @OSEARHEGHAN

Emi Salida

She/Her

Emi is trying to be the kind of resource that she needed as a 16-year-old. Her videos provide information and personal stories about being asexual, which Emi hopes can make people feel less alone in their sexuality.  ​

IG: @EMBLY99

Media

Get connected and gain perspective by seeing real people and their experiences. Just because something doesn’t directly impact your life, doesn’t mean that it does not exist. Listen to what people from the LGBTQ+ community have to say, and do your part to be an ally to them.

Get in Touch

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