Today, I pledge to use and share at least one graphic from LGBT Network on my social media in support of National Coming Out Day to show my support and my participation to #RepTheRainbow. By signing this pledge, I accept a CALL TO ACTION and commit to taking these simple action steps not just on NCOD, but every day to create long-term change:
I COMMIT TO STANDING UP AGAINST HATE AND EXCLUSION!
- I will name homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and cissexism when it happens and I will speak-out against it when I hear it, see it, or read it.
- I will combat heterosexism by not making assumptions about someone’s sexual orientation and/or the gender/gender identity of someone’s significant other. For example, I will use terms like “significant other,” “partner,” or “spouse,” instead of “boyfriend/girlfriend” or “husband/wife.”
- I will reject cissexism by not making assumptions about someone’s gender/gender identity. I will share my pronouns and ask people for theirs.
I COMMIT TO STAYING INFORMED
- I will continue to educate myself about the LGBT community. Regardless of whether I am LGBT-identified or an ally, I will keep reading, learning, and listening to the diverse voices of LGBT people and keep abreast of evolving language.
- I will learn about LGBT history that is not taught in schools. I will teach myself about the important contributions LGBT people have made throughout history. I will make specific efforts to learn about LGBT people of color who were pioneers in LGBT civil rights movements and who have been excluded from history books and popular culture.
I COMMIT TO BEING A TRANS EQUITY AND GENDER-INCLUSION ADVOCATE
- I will use gender-inclusive or gender-neutral language rather than gender-specific language. For example, instead of saying “that man,” I will say “that person in the yellow hat” and instead of saying “you guys/ladies,” I will say “folks” or “everyone.”
- I will support the implementation of All-Gender Restrooms in my community. I will advocate for them where I work and/or go to school; and I will ask about them in public accommodations where only gender-segregated restrooms are available.
- I will become a “pronoun pro.” Regardless of whether I am cis or trans, I will introduce myself with my pronouns and I will include my pronouns in my email signature and social media to normalize the practice of highlighting pronouns. I will educate others on why everyone’s pronouns are important and deserve to be honored.
I COMMIT TO SUPPORTING RACIAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION
- I will center and amplify the voices and experiences of LGBT people of color. If I am not a person of color, I will take a step back to make space for elevating voices of color.
- I will identify and name racist and non-inclusive practices I witness in my community, and/or others, and, especially, work to be accountable for these behaviors in my own actions. I will do everything I can to correct these practices to help break down systemic racism.
- I will celebrate the diverse intersections of LGBT people’s multiple identities. LGBT people are also people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants and New Americans, and people who speak languages other than English. I will not minimize LGBT people to just one of their many identities or dismiss their myriad of experiences.
I COMMIT TO TAKING POLITICAL ACTION
- I will educate myself about the issues and legislation that are relevant to the LGBT community. (Click here for a link to current legislation)
- I will contact my elected officials to voice my opinion about these issues. (Click here for a link to find out who your local elected officials are)
- I will execute my power at the ballot box to vote for LGBT equity and inclusion. (Click here or text VOTEPROUD to 484848 to learn where/how to vote)