Day 92: National Day of Silence for LGBT Rights

Track Anti-LGBT Bills

DAY 92 ACTION: Learn about the wave of anti-LGBT legislation in states across the U.S.

A gay pride march in Guadalajara, Mexico, June 18, 2016. Credit: Ulises Ruiz Basurto / European Pressphoto Agency

“We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.” – George Takei, aka Hikaru Sulu

Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is protected by the U.S. Constitution. But a backlash has been brewing. On Day 68, we learned about North Carolina’s “bathroom bill”. Soon after, legislators amended the law in the face of economic boycotts costing the state nearly $4 billion.

Meanwhile, many other bills have been proposed. The proposals take a number of forms, from banning adoption and foster parenting by gay couples to allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT people on religious grounds. Unfounded fear animates this legislation, but the bills create real heartache – and danger. In DC, 70% of transgender people reported being denied entry, assaulted, or harassed for trying to use a public restroom.

** See how your state fares on the Equality Scorecard. And learn about today’s student-led Day of Silence. **

The ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign are fighting this hate legislation. But they need you!

Today’s Action: Learn whether anti-LGBT bills have been proposed in your state. If so, discuss them with friends and family, and call your state representatives to ask them to oppose! Consider volunteering with an organization that advocates for LGBT rights.


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