The Four Powerful Things You Need to Know About Joining Us at Equality Day in April
This February, over 100 Missourians joined us in Jefferson City for our first lobby day of the 2018 session. Together, we rallied, we spoke to our legislators, and we came out for our community.
Here are four powerful moments that stood out:
- Showing up makes a difference. Really. An ally couple joined us for their first Equality Day. They shared with their representative why LGBT equality matters to them. Before the couple left their representative’s office, he shared that it was the first time anyone from his district had spoken to him about LGBT equality and thanked them for the dialogue. The simple act of showing up and having a conversation was a radical action that helped move the needle in our volatile political climate.
- Bringing a pal along can help ease nerves. As the saying goes, there is strength in numbers. Bringing a friend or family member along can help you feel supported and at ease. Equality Day is a great chance to meet new like-minded people, but it’s also a time to lift up ourselves and those who are close to us. This April, join us, bring someone you love, and stand in solidarity together.
- The power of youth is a sight to behold. Youth are rising up across the country right now, and it’s no different right here in Missouri. We were so impressed with the passionate, professional, and proud youth that joined us in February, representing multiple schools across the state. If you are a teacher or student interested in joining us in April, don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org— we can make sure your group’s participation is smooth and successful.
- The foundation of our community goes back generations. Since the demonstrations of our LGBT ancestors of color at Stonewall and the Black Cat—as well as the many others, left unnamed before them—multiple generations have taken up our community’s cause. Equality Day is no different. We saw some volunteers speak to their representatives for the first time while others have joined us for years. No matter your age, experience, or background, we need you with us to advocate for all individuals in the LGBT community.
So, what’s next?