Expanding Equality

We’ve made huge strides across a number of issues over the past decade—and nowhere is that more evident than our progress to advance equality for LGBTQ communities. From the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the Supreme Court’s decision to ensure the freedom to marry for all, we’ve come a long way. But there’s still more to do.

What we're fighting for

Despite all of our progress, in recent years we’ve seen record numbers of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures across the country under the guise of “religious liberty.” In reality, these bills are about discrimination—some hinder local governments’ abilities to protect their LGBTQ residents, while others target transgender people, including students. At the same time, no federal law explicitly protects LGBTQ people in employment, housing, and public accommodations. LGBTQ youth continue to face significant challenges like family rejection, bullying, and the vile practice of conversion therapy. That means we have to keep working and organizing for equality.

Ways to get involved

Write a letter to the editor of your local paper

Write a letter to the editor of your local paper—share how expanding LGBTQ equality has affected you and what more needs to be done.

Check out OFA’s toolkits and resources

Students across the country are ready to get involved—but they need training and mentorship to develop effective organizing skills. Step up and empower the next generation.

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