Summer of Action Volunteers are Moving LGBT Equality Forward in Communities Across the CountryBy Megan Clayton • July 20, 2016 • 4:47 pm
This summer, organizers will be working in communities across the country to secure non-discrimination protections for LGBT Americans. We’re calling it the Summer of Action, and it’s a project dedicated to developing local conversations about the importance of comprehensive non-discrimination protections.
The Summer of Action kicked off the week of May 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. Canvassing will begin this weekend Atlanta and three other cities: Cleveland, Ohio; Jacksonville, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona. The project is a collaboration between Freedom for All Americans, the Equality Federation and the Movement Advance Project, as well as our state partners those four states: Georgia Equality, Equality Ohio, Equality Florida, and One Community Arizona. Coalition partners at the Human Rights Campaign, the LA Leadership LAB, and SAVE are also supporting the program.
The Summer of Action is inspired by the fact that in our country, right now, Americans are more than ever becoming familiar with transgender people and why no one should face discrimination for being who they are. Many people are learning about these issues for the first time—meaning it’s an important time to make sure they have the facts about who transgender people are and how the law affects them.
The project will rely on volunteers to blanket individual communities and have one-on-one conversations about transgender equality. By the end of the summer, the hope is that these volunteers will have had thousands of conversations about why updating our nondiscrimination laws to include gay and transgender people is so important. Those conversations, happening at a neighborhood-level, are the key to driving a better nationwide understanding about why transgender people should not face discrimination on the job, in any public space, or while simply trying to use the restroom.
Volunteers are critical to this mission. FFAA and our local partners are still recruiting, and we’d be excited to have more people join our team. Sign up below to volunteer in your city.
- Sign up to volunteer in Georgia
- Sign up to volunteer in Ohio
- Sign up to volunteer in Florida
- Sign up to volunteer in Arizona
The work we do together this summer may very well be what helps to crack the code in understanding how to build support for transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws. Thanks again to our national and state partners for helping plan and organize what we’re sure will be a very successful Summer of Action.