As legislative sessions start to wrap up, we’re taking stock of both inspiring progress made and heartbreaking setbacks. While we have been able to defeat anti-equality measures that target vulnerable communities including women, minorities, people of faith, and LGBT people, we also know that 26 states still lack inclusive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, and this administration is staunchly committed to eliminating protections at the federal level.
For LGBT people in rural areas, the lack of protections can be devastating.
To shine a spotlight on this unique impact, MAP, in partnership with the Equality Federation, the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Center for Lesbian Rights released Where We Call Home: LGBT People in Rural America, which examines the structural differences in rural life and their impact on LGBT people in rural areas. LGBT people in rural communities are both more vulnerable to discrimination and less able to respond to its harmful effects.
MAP also released several supplemental resources to help advocates and allies take action, including a recommendation series for policymakers, healthcare providers, educators, employers and more.
And to increase the on-the-ground support for LGBT people in rural communities, we’ve created a new community resource flyer designed to be printed and posted in public places for rural LGBT people and allies to access. The community flyer provides a space for local service providers to fill in local, LGBT-supportive resources, as well as online and telephone supports. The flyer links to this page on our website www.lgbtmap.org/rural-lgbt-resources.
Now is your turn to take action. How can you help support LGBT people in rural America?
- Share these resources on social media using #RuralLGBT.
- Print, fill-out and hang the flyer on community resources boards where LGBT people can access it in your rural town or region.
- Share the flier and the recommendations with organizations or groups that could help get the flyer into the hands of rural communities to print and display.
- Donate to support MAP’s work to advance equality for LGBT wherever they live. www.lgbtmap.org/donate