LGBTQ+ Resources

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What is LGBTQ+ Pride Month?

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Download a PDF of our LGBTQ Pride Month resource summary.

LGBTQ Figures at The Center

Bayard Rustin

Longtime activist Bayard Rustin oversaw the March on Washington’s logistics. A Quaker and a staunch pacifist, Rustin had been a conscientious objector during World War II and served prison time for his beliefs. Rustin masterfully handled all the March-related logistics—transportation, volunteer training, stage construction, food preparation, portable toilets, and the schedule.  The overwhelming success of the March in terms of numbers, publicity, peacefulness, and overall organization garnered Rustin significant attention, where he appeared on the cover of Life Magazine with fellow organizers a week later under the headline, “The Leaders of the March.”

Honor the advocacy and the life of Bayard Rustin, by joining The Bayard Rustin’s LGBTQ Leadership Society, learn more.

(Located in Rolls Down Like Water: March on Washington Gallery)

Anatasia Smirnova

Anastasia Smirnova is an activist based in St Petersburg, Russia. She coordinates a coalition of LGBTQ organizations in their international advocacy efforts. Smirnova and members of the coalition conduct advocacy for LGBTQ rights and educate the public about discrimination against LGBT people, their families and supporters. The coalition’s founding meeting was secretly taped by authorities and the recordings were broadcast by state media leading the coalition members to face threats and violence. Smirnova and her colleagues led the campaign to fight discrimination against LGBT Russians in the lead-up to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

(Located in Spark of Conviction)

Current LGBTQ Initiatives

Atlanta LGBTQ+ History Project: Out Down South Showcase

The Out Down South podcast is coming soon to speakers near you, and to kick things off, the Atlanta LGBTQ+ History Project is hosting a showcase of Atlanta’s best queer talent! Join us at Out Front Theatre on Friday, June 24th at 8pm for an evening starring an all-LGBTQ+ roster of storytellers, comedians, drag performers, and musicians.

Your ticket purchase will help us create and sustain the Out Down South podcast, which features interviews with the legendary local LGBTQ+ activists, artists, and leaders who put Atlanta on the queer cultural map and created the thriving communities we love today. The Atlanta LGBTQ+ History Project has been creating oral histories with a diverse array of honored queer Atlantans, and we’re thrilled to bring these amazing stories to you through the Out Down South Podcast. With your support, we can gather the South’s rich queer history, to share with today’s audiences, and preserve for generations to come. Click here to learn more about the Atlanta LGBTQ+ History Project.

We hope you’ll join us on Friday, June 24th for the Out Down South Showcase, featuring some of your favorite Atlanta artists. Click here to purchase your tickets.

LGBTQ Institute Southern Survey

In 2021, the LGBTQ Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights partnered with Emory University to conduct a survey of LGBTQ individuals in the South (individuals who reside in: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia). This is a study of, by, and for Southern LGBTQ people, with the support of many community and grassroots organizations and individuals across the Southern United States. The goal of this research is to amplify the voices of LGBTQ Southerners and highlight the issues affecting our lives, in order to create a more safe and welcoming South. After collecting data over the last year, the LGBTQ Institute is expected to release the results of the survey in early fall 2022.

LGBTQ Institute Virtual Symposium

Telling Our Stories: Advancing LGBTQ Community Research and Campaigns in the South

The South is under attack most often when it comes to anti-LGBTQ legislation, even though more LGBTQ people live in the South than anywhere else in the country. Compared to all LGBTQ funding, the South receives little for research (2% vs. 9%). This means that our stories are not being told. Solid research is an important tool that helps us tell our stories, reframe narratives, and dismantle discriminatory systems. This year’s virtual symposium will feature a series of live webinars that allow us to explore exciting research that enterprising individuals and organizations are undertaking to tell the stories of LGBTQ Southerners. Go here to register for our free webinars (open to anyone)

Coming-Out Resources

For LGBTQ+ People

“Coming out is when a person decides to reveal an important part of who they are with someone in their life. For many LGBTQ people, this involves sharing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Coming out isn’t always easy. After thinking it through, you may decide not to come out. You are valid and deserve support no matter who you do or do not share your identities with. Remember, there isn’t one right way to come out, and it’s YOUR choice.”  We encourage you to take a look at this incredible resource from the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth:

For Family and Loved Ones

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. Their resource list is a great place to start if a friend or family member has come out to you as LGBTQ:

Check out GLAAD’s Glossary of Terms.

Ways to be an Ally to LGBTQ People

  • Add your pronouns to your email signature & social profiles
  • Actively include LGBTQ+ colleagues, friends, and family in the social aspects of work and life

  • Demonstrate your willingness to learn about privilege, stereotypes, and unconscious bias

  • Intervene or speak out against anti-LGBTQ+ speech or behavior

  • Learn and use correct and inclusive language

  • Advocate for LGBTQ+ supportive policies and practices

  • Engage with and listen to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community