Stronger Than Hate

With over 570 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in state legislatures across the country in 2023, the time to fight for equality is NOW.

HRC proudly stands at the forefront of the charge – we’re not going anywhere!

Extremists continue to push anti-LGBTQ+ bills and try to shove us back in the closet, but we will not be silenced! We declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people– a move that was amplified by the Canadian government – and have fought back on every front. This unprecedented spike of hate is an outright attack on equality. Now, extremist House of Representatives majority has elected a bigoted speaker with a long anti-LGBTQ+ record.

We are facing:

570+ Anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced
220 Bills targeting trans people
80+ Anti- LGBTQ+ bills Passed

We’re Here, We’re Queer. Deal With It.

We have seen a rise in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation the last few years, and 2023 was no different. Legislatures introduced a record number of bills targeting our community — with a particular focus on transgender kids. But queer youth aren’t being quiet. Rather, they’re mobilizing like never before and making their voices heard.

We’ve also seen extremists attempt to silence members of our own community when called out for their anti-LGBTQ+ hate. Elected officials like Montana state Rep. Zoey Zephyr and Oklahoma state Rep. Mauree Turner are on the frontlines fighting for our rights. Despite attempts to silence them, they rallied our community together to send a clear message: LGBTQ+ people aren’t going anywhere.

Queer Empowerment

In the face of hate, we don’t back down. We fight back and we empower our community. Our Know Your Rights resource breaks down laws by state and our Guidebook for Action puts the tools in hand to fight back.

We also launched four new Coming Out Guides:

Everyone deserves to live fully and authentically — and HRC is beside you every step of the way.

Many of these bills target kids and schools.

Every student has the right to feel safe – which is why we launched our In Attendance campaign empowering LGBTQ+ students to show up fully and authentically in the classroom.

No one should feel scared to be themselves.

Victory in the Face of Hate

These attacks have failed – we are still here, still winning, and still joyous.

We cheered the victory of Laphonza Butler, the first Black lesbian to openly serve in Congress and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to represent California in the Senate.

Celebrating Queer Joy

Joy is resistance! We invited LGBTQ+ community members and allies to join us in Coming Out Against Hate for National Coming Out Day.

We’ve amplified queer voices and built a place for our community to share stories with our Queer Joy Phone Booth.

Here are a few quotes from those community stories:

“Its okay to not come out, you are you no matter if you’re out or not." - Moss, OH

“As a queer person, it’s important to remember that the people that show up for you and support you everyday, can also be family" - Noelle, CO

“I know it's really hard right now and it's gonna be a few years, quite a few years, and it's gonna suck. But you know what? The other side is amazing - you're going to find some amazing people who love you just the way you are. Hang in there, I'm waiting on the other side for ya.” - Brianna, IA

In all of these battles, there is joy and love. We fight for the drag artist putting on a show, we fight for the trans kid hugging their parents after coming out, we fight for the woman proposing to her future wife — queer joy is beautiful and worth fighting for.

Take the Pledge

Join the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in this critical moment ahead of the 2024 elections!