about us: lived equality project

We envision a world that is equitable and just. To create that reality, we promote safe and just schools, racial justice, reproductive rights, and other critical issues that affect how LGBTQ people experience the world. For example, LGBTQ youth are disproportionately pushed out of schools — a safe and just school community helps everyone.

The Challenge

LGBTQ Americans continue to face high rates of discrimination, poverty, and other quality of life factors. LGBTQ youth experience higher rates of suicide and homelessness. Transgender people, especially transgender women of color, face unacceptable rates of violence and discrimination, from housing to the workplace to the community. We’ve got a lot of work to do before all of us can live our lives to our full potential, free from discrimination.

Our Approach

We continuously educate and recommit ourselves on these issues while encouraging and building partnerships to address systemic racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression.

Equality Federation provides tailored support to our members, from strategic planning to executive transition management. We host peer learning opportunities to allow for sharing of best practices and collaborative innovation. Our summits include workshops on topics like youth detention, HIV criminalization, health care, violence, and more. With this work, we continue to create a national conversation about the work that lies beyond the marriage milestone to be sure we are a more connected, more grounded, more powerful movement.

Our Impact

In recent years, we have worked with organizations including EqualityMaine, Garden State Equality, OutFront Minnesota, Equality Maryland, Equality Hawaii, and Equality New Mexico as they engaged in a process to help determine their organizations’ futures and the futures of the movement in their states. Click here to see Amber Royster, executive director of Equality New Mexico talk about the organization’s shift to an anti-racist, social justice framework. 

In 2015, we published a groundbreaking report, Power in Partnerships, with GSA Network and Advancement Project that explores the school-to-prison pipeline and encourages LGBTQ organizations to do more to address the systemic racism and anti-LGBTQ attitudes that keep our youth from reaching their full potential.

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