December 1, 2015

The Holidays Are Here and Straight for Equality is Ready to Celebrate

Heading into the New Year is a great time to reflect on where we’ve been, all that we have to celebrate this year, and where we’re headed in 2016. There were definitely some major highs (marriage equality!) and disappointing lows (the vote on HERO in Houston) for the LGBTQ movement in 2015. And after spending some time last month talking about how the holidays may be stressful for some allies, the Straight for Equality team agreed that it is just as important to take some time to consider all the ways the holiday season helps us remember what we have to be grateful for.

Of course, we’d love to share our thoughts. So as the year winds down, here’s what on our minds.

This year we are grateful for:

The Visibility of Allies

When the Supreme Court decision on marriage was announced in June, the “Celebrate Pride” filter was used by more than 26 million Facebook users. In less than two days, the hashtag #LoveWins was tweeted more than 10 million times. We also saw allies stand up for equality when religious freedom bills were dominating the headlines through visibility programs like Open for Service in Indiana and Welcome Everyone in Texas. And these are just two of the dozens of examples. In 2015, we’re grateful for that.

The Expanding Definition of Allyship

Through our Straight for Equality in the Workplace program we have heard from individuals focused on allyship as an action rather than an identity. We’ve also seen an increase in the number of lesbian, gay, and bi people being vocal as their role as allies to the trans community. And we’ve even heard some truly amazing conversations about the ways that allyship is intersectional and how we can support diversity and inclusion ALL people. In 2015 we’re grateful for that, too.

YOU

Straight for Equality has had a fantastic year. We released a brand new version of the guide to being a straight ally. In a little more than a year since its release we have distributed nearly 10,000 copies of the guide to being a trans ally. We conducted 71 workplace learning sessions designed to invite, educate, and engage allies in companies and organizations across the country. And we couldn’t have done any of it without you and the tireless work of PFLAG chapters in communities big and small making real culture change every day. So as 2015 ends, please know that of everything, we’re most grateful for you and your life-changing contributions.

So now, let us know…what are you grateful for?

Have a happy, safe, inclusive, and joyous holiday season. We’ve got lots of great new Straight for Equality efforts planned, so we’ll see you in 2016.

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