LGBT people of color tell a complex story about being simultaneously present and excluded in the communities where we live; feeling both treated like everyone else and condemned. Diversity is a reality, but inclusion — valuing and leveraging differences — is the real challenge to build genuine partnerships with LGBT people of color.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) envisions an America where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of the American family at home, at work and in every community. In a world defined by difference, our strength depends on our common humanity. HRC unites diverse communities into a powerful whole striving for equality.
A powerful new study has just been released as part of Equality Forward, an initiative by the Human Rights Campaign to unite lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and straight allies of all races and backgrounds to win equality for all. More than two years ago, theybegan this project with one desire: To better understand what’s important to LGBT people of color, a group of people that has not traditionally been asked.
HRC envisioned a listening project and put aside their assumptions of what they thought they knew or didn’t know.
HRC continues to listen. Share your story. After you share your story, read others’ stories.
I am a member of HRC's Diversity & Inclusion Council. I was honored to be asked to contribute my own story and insights about how oppression based upon identity can be eased. In addition, I write about new ways to understand diversity, inclusion & cultural competency in light of the challenging social and economic transformations that we seek.
This report comes at a critical time when our future depends on our ability to understand our differences and similarities. In this area, we have so much work to do — both within ourselves, as well as in our communities. But if we dare and care to learn, we can begin to speak of “we” and eliminate the false dichotomy of “us” and “them.” Because in truth, “we” are all that we have. Join HRC at www.hrc.org/chat at 3 pm EST on August 13th and join the national conversation about race, sexuality and gender with some of today’s most distinct voices in the LGBT movement. Submit your questions and comments today at email@example.com.