5 Ways to Support the LGBTQ+ Community

Whenever we think about helping our peers, we tend to think it requires big acts. However, there are thousands of ways to help others. It is not as intimidating as you would think, and small acts of kindness can go a long way for people. Especially when it comes to minority groups like the LGBTQ+ community that is always targeted for trying to live their best life like everyone else. Here are some siple ways you can support the LGBTQ+ community around you:

1. Get Informed

A lot of the time, people are not educated when it comes to what is happening to the communities around us. Catching up on news relating to the LGBTQ+ community is a great first step to try to figure out where you would want to help and how you could go about helping. Staying updated allows you to be able to know what’s going on so that you can make educated decisions.

2. Be an Advocate

Being informed not only lets you know what is going on, but it also helps you be able to have conversations with people about the LGBTQ+ community. Being able to talk to people about topics relating to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as being able to settle misconceptions is one of the greatest ways of starting the wheels of change. If you see someone in the LGBTQ+ community being attacked in some way, stand up for them. Knowing there are people standing up for you can be reassuring, and it will help others be a little more comfortable in their day to day lives.

3. Donate

If you are able to, donate to nonprofits like the Trevor Project or It Gets Better Project who have life saving programs, like suicide prevention, as well as funding for research programs that educate people on the matter. You don’t have to donate thousands of dollars. All it takes is five dollars or less. It’s all about what you are able to give and knowing that your donation will be put to good use.

4. Volunteer

If you aren’t able to donate money, volunteering is a great way to help. You can sign up to volunteer at places like the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where you can apply any skills you might have to help those around you. Any help people are willing to give is very much appreciated.

5. Vote

Although midterms just passed, it doesn’t end there. Everyday, people turn 18 or become eligible to vote, so making sure that the voter turnout of the midterms wasn’t just a one time event is very important. Getting your friends, as well as yourself, to vote for every election allows your voice to be heard when it comes to choosing representatives who will help everyone. Your vote always matters.