Tell Us Your Story
Over the years, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has conducted extensive research, and it all indicates that discrimination against LGBT people is still alive and well in America. Did you know that it’s still legal to discriminate against LGB employees in 29 states? Or that transgender people lack employment protections in 35 states? Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been repealed, but transgender Americans remain barred from service, and same-sex partners of service members are routinely denied access to benefits. And even though marriage equality has advanced in some states, 41 states explicitly prohibit recognition – plus, the Defense of Marriage Act prevents same-sex couples from being equal in the eyes of the federal government, no matter what state you live in.
So sure, we’ve come a long way since the Task Force was founded back in 1973, but these facts show that we’ve still got a long way to go before we reach full equality. We need to keep working, and one of our most powerful tools in the ongoing effort to change hearts and minds is personal stories. As Harvey Milk eloquently put it, “If they know us, they don’t vote against us.”
If you’ve experienced discrimination because of your sexual orientation and/or gender identity and you’re willing to go on the record with the media about your story, then the world needs to hear from you. No matter who you are or how you were mistreated, you have the power to create change — by telling your story.
Don’t think one story doesn’t matter or won’t make a difference. Your experience represents countless acts of discrimination the world may never see. If we’re going to win the fight for equality, we need your story. Please fill out this form and help us put an end to discrimination.
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