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  • Athletic Equality Through #VoiceWit...

    To change the world, two things are absolutely essential. One is your voice. The other is to take action. Words can inspire and work can make a difference. But for …


  • Here’s Caitlyn Jenner’s Pow...
    Caitlyn Jenner’s speech at the ESPYs has been making the rounds online (and for good reason)!
    If you haven’t watched it yet, you should. It’s pretty damn incredible.

    “Trans people deserve something vital: They deserve your respect.”Caitlyn Jenner’s message at last night’s #ESPYs was clear: accept people for who they are.

    Posted by Give


  • Military to Allow Transgender Membe...
    About damn time!

    “We must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve.”About damn time!

    Posted by Give a Damn Campaign on Tuesday, July 14, 2015


  • Supreme Court Rules for Marriage Eq...

     

    May 17, 2004: Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize marriage equality.

     

    June 26, 2013: The Defense of Marriage Act is ruled unconstitutional, giving same-sex marriages federal recognition.

     

    June 26, 2015: The Supreme Court makes marriage equality the law of the land.

    Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that all Americans have


  • Ending Violence, Together: An Inter...

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    The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) is a national group of “local member programs, affiliate organizations and individual affiliates” that work to collectively end violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning communities.

    They’re also our partners on our education surrounding hate crimes


  • Kids Say Yes for Marriage Equality ...

    Next month, Irish voters will have the opportunity to make marriage equality legal in their country. On May 22, the Marriage Equality Referendum will be up for a vote – and it could go either way. The vote is a big deal for Ireland, of course, but also for the rest of the world – as it will be the first time a country has ever held a referendum on marriage equality.

    The campaign …


  • Changing the Culture of Sports: An ...

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    The sports world has long been a challenging, unwelcoming, and even dangerous place for gay and transgender people. Despite polls showing a growing acceptance in the …


  • Same Damn Campaign, New Damn Websit...

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    April Fools! You might’ve noticed that we decided to have a little fun with our birthday this year (it being April 1st and all)! We were fooling… we admit. But it wasn’t


  • Celebrating Transgender Visibility ...


    On this International Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate the lives of our transgender friends, family, and leaders – and recognize the courage it takes to live openly. We’re excited to hear from our friend Gia on what transgender visibility means to her, and why it’s so important that we observe this important day:

    “We are here whether you know it or not. We work in …


  • Announcing the 4th Annual Cyndi Lau...

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    The True Colors Fund today announced the 4th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert on Saturday, December 6th at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness and funds to support the True Colors Fund’s work to address the problem.

    Cyndi Lauper…


  • “If Just One of Us is Unequal...

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    Last week, in a special article from CBS News, our co-founder Cyndi Lauper discussed her commitment to equality and the issues closest to her:

    “Equality for all people is important to me. We unfortunately have many divisions in our society — race, socio-economic, and religious being just a few — but of particular importance is equality for women and the gay, …


  • Working Towards Pride in the Workpl...
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    Photo by Beth Rankin.

    Earlier this week, the White House announced that President Obama will sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    The president has faced pressure from activists to sign such an order in the wake of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act’s (ENDA) standstill in the House…


 

Personal Stories » view all

  • Reflections on My Rural Truth
    Evan (forth from left) on his first day of college waaaay back in 2011.

    Evan (forth from left) on his first day of college.

    There are no pride parades at my university. Few see them necessary; and so we few who would love to have one are – again – at the mercy of the reflexes that queerness causes in others, the echoes I hear in passings of “that wouldn’t work,” or angry social media rantings about the validity of the more diverse parts of our existence.…


  • My Dancing Dad

    Father's Day 2014

    Growing up, I always knew my dad was different, but it took me many years to figure out exactly how he was different from all the other dads. I grew up in a small town of about 3,000 people, in Northern Montana. With Glacier National Park 50 miles to the east our town slogan ‘Where the Rockies meet the Plains’ reflected our literal geographic location. It’s the heart of oil, farming,…


  • I was Bullied.

    I was bullied. When I was a kid, for most of my childhood I was bullied. Kids find something to pick on and if they see they are getting a reaction, that’s all they need. With me they got a reaction. My childhood was a textbook case of knowing who your true friends were because my true friends stood by me and those who were not either joined in or did nothing. Most of the time, emotionally I managed…


  • Know what it is like!

    In January 2003 my mom and I were forced to move out of our apartment. We ended up moving in with my godmother who then turned around and kicked us out too. After living in a shelter for 5 months we managed to get an apartment. I know what is like to not have a place to live and worry about what is going to happen next. Never knowing if the next day was the day that we were going to have to leave made …


  • I have two moms

    All my life I was raised by a woman and a woman. It always seemed normal to me until I started school. Teachers would ask me about my dad and I didn’t know what to tell them. I always said I had two moms and they give me strange looks, and I was ashamed until I got into high school I realized that being gay is normal and being raised by two women is okay. I’m a senior now at Bryant high …


  • Straight Jacket Feeling

    I first figured out that I wasn’t straight when I was about twelve. We had been shown the health and puberty videos in school and the teacher explained everything my classmates and I really didn’t want to know about our bodies. My teacher had one sentence on gay people: “Some people are attracted to the same sex, and are called homosexual”.

    This was the first…


  • And Now, The Hard Part

    Hi all,

    I am a cartoonist, so that is how I best express myself. But let me make my point briefly here, as well as I can, using only type.

    Yesterday was the most wonderful day for gay rights in perhaps forever, maybe since Stonewall.

    And, as a gay man, I hope that I live to appreciate it.

    You see, I am single. So the marriage-thing (as I call it in my mind) — while entirely possible for me …


  • Private School

    This might not be a very good story of what happened with me. But its worth a shot at trying to explain and trying to make a change.
    I go to a private catholic school, and this is my second year, i thought when i started this school no one would find out my secret. That im bisexual. I came out in the 6th grade. It took my 2 years to tell my parents. My dad sent me to counseling thinking that they could…


  • Why i give a damn!!!!

    Well this is why i give a damn, i give a damn because i believe everyone should be treated equally and not differently. I read stories about how kids, teenagers, and maybe even adults take their own lives. To be honest don’t let someone get to you just because your gay, lesbian, bisexual, or even a transgender. It don’t matter what you are or who you wanna be don’t let …


  • Unconditional love in a Christian f...

    40% of homeless teens identify as LGBT, and I give a damn about that.

    I am a straight Christian ally, but that didn’t happen over night. I grew up being taught that “love the sinner, hate the sin” was a loving approach. As I grew up and experienced life, I learned how hurtful that phrase can be.

    My wife and I have three kids in third grade (one biological, two adopted). …


  • Problem?

    I wasn’t sure which category to post this story in, because my story is not a story about how I or one of my friends dealt with being bullied at home, school or the streets. This one is slightly different and ,while maybe less interesting, I hope it will inspire a person or two.

    I live in the Czech republic and have been growing up in this country for the past 15 years, and even if our country…


  • Coming out as a str8 ally :)

    Let’s start with this: Hi, My name is Missy and I have been an OFFICIAL straight ally now for about 7 years..meaning I came out 7 years ago to my family and friends that I believe in equality for the gay community and that I would fight for them because they are extremely misunderstood and take completely out of context. Let me tell you, I got some looks, lost a few friendships and my …


 

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