Celebrate Pride with LGBTQI+ activists around the world! This year let us show our PRIDE and fight for a world where everyone’s rights are fully protected, respected, and fulfilled.
PROTECT TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
A cruel wave of anti-trans legislation is sweeping the country and putting the lives and rights of trans people in danger. Transgender and nonbinary people in the United States are being punished for their identity. They’re being attacked. They’re being dehumanized. And their lives are in danger.
In the first four months of 2023, state legislatures introduced more than 470 anti-LGBTQI+ bills — most targeting transgender youth. That’s more bills attacking LGBTQI+ rights than in all of 2022.
Anti-LGBTQI+ bills being introduced across the country are inspiring violent threats and attacks against LGBTQI+ communities.
- Track anti-LGBTQI+ bills in your state through the ACLU bill tracker
- Transgender and non-binary FAQ from Human Rights Campaign
- Trans Lifeline provides peer support for those in the Trans Community. The Hotline 877-565-8860 is available for confidential peer support.
- The Trevor Project also has a 24/7 Lifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or TrevorChat, their online instant messaging options, or TrevorText, a text-based support option. If you are looking for peer support, you can visit TrevorSpace from anywhere in the world.
PRIDE URGENT ACTION
PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF LGBTQI+ REFUGEES IN KENYA
In Kenya, LGBTQI+ refugees face severe and overlapping human rights abuses. They face the perpetual risk of violence: reports of beatings are common, discrimination and harassment occur daily, and some community members have suffered serious and life-changing injuries as a result of arson and other attacks.
Perpetrators have not faced justice. Many refugees live in hiding to avoid harassment and discrimination. This situation is unsafe and unjust, as community members are denied both their security and dignity. Demand their protection or relocation to a safer place.
- Read Amnesty’s latest report: “Justice like any other person” – Hate crimes and discrimination against LGBTI refugees
Solidarity WITH LGBTQI+ ACTIVISTS IN UGANDA
In Uganda, LGBTQI+ people face intense persecution and criminalization. Ugandan president Yowari Museveni recently signed the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023,” which expands criminalization of LGBTQI+ people. The law makes homosexuality punishable by decades in prison and imposes the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality.”
Yet despite this, brave Ugandan activists are standing up for their rights and speaking out about this bill and other anti-LGBTQI+ attacks. Send a message of strength and solidarity to LGBTQI+ activists in Uganda. Your messages will be gathered and sent to our partners in Uganda who fight every day just to be allowed to exist.
- CLICK HERE to submit a message electronically
- COLLECT Solidarity messages at Pride festivals or in your community on cards/paper. You can have people sign a nice card, or have each person write a message of support on colorful paper, or make “valentines”-style notes to send—be creative! Please keep your messages positive and hopeful.
Send your collected solidarity notes to:
Amnesty International USA
Attn: GSI Program
1150 18th St. NW, Ste 550
Washington, DC 20036
Throughout Pride month, commit to learning more about LGBTI rights and what you can do to support LGBTQI+ people!
- If you misgender someone, don’t panic. Read this to practice how best to respond.
- Know the difference between gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, sexuality, and emotional attraction (be sure to notice the explanations below the awesome gender unicorn graph).
- Read more about using inclusive language and why it matters.
- Find out more about how you can be a good ally for LGBTQI+ people in your life.
- Ever wonder about the LGBTQI+* acronyms or other terms? You can see one glossary here to learn more about some of the terms you see. At Amnesty, you may notice we use different acronyms at different times. “LGBTI” is often used in human rights law and practice (as terms that are defined in multilateral documents and covenants), but we tend to use LGBTQI+ when speaking about the broader movement or people to be more inclusive. All terms and acronyms evolve and change as we seek to be inclusive and defend the rights of ALL people!
- Learn more about what LGBTQI+ people face globally with these maps on sexual orientation and gender identity around the world.