We list here quick actions you can take to advocate for timely issues. If the action entails contacting elected officials, consult Contact Elected Officials for how to reach and communicate with them. For more advocacy opportunities, consult Volunteer.
Submit survey for 4Culture King County Inclusion
King County cultural funding and support agency, known as 4Culture, is undertaking a study of the cultural health of the region. Your responses to this survey (which takes about fifteen minutes) will help them learn more about how people in our region experience culture—including our LGBTQ community. In the survey, you can scroll down and click NEXT to view all the questions without answering them. The survey includes a few open-ended questions relevant to the LGBTQ+ community, which you can answer in depth. The second half of the survey is demographics and contains some LGBTQ+ identity questions that provide useful data for the agency. All survey questions are optional.
Speak Up for Persecuted LGBTQ People Around the World
Every day, LGBTQ people in countries around the world face persecution and brutality for merely existing. If you want to take action, you can contribute to and/or align with groups that are working on behalf of this issue. Also consult this Harvard Business Review article for more information on how to advance worldwide inclusion.
- Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
- ILGA-Europe (European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) is an international non-governmental umbrella organization bringing together 490 organizations from 45European countries.
- Rainbow Railroad focus efforts on assisting LGBT people who have faced physical violence or face an imminent threat of violence, imprisonment, or death. According to their executive director Kimahli Powell, after receiving initial reports of the persecution of gay and bi men in Chechnya, Rainbow Railroad immediately re-classified Eastern Europe as a priority region: “This means we’re expanding our on-the-ground contacts as well as increasing our capacity to identify and assess new or alternative safe routes out of Chechnya.”
- Russian LGBT Network is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal service.