Over the past week I have heard a number of LGBTQI people asking really important questions about what they can do right now to keep themselves and their families safe. I’ve heard questions like:
- Not all my ID documents have the correct name or gender marker on them, yet – what should I do? what can I do?
- Myself or people in my family are undocumented – what should I do?
- My partner and I are not legally married – should we get married? what are the consequences for our family?
- Do I need to adopt my kids?
- How and where do I report a hate crime I either experienced or witnessed? or being fired, evicted or denied a job or housing because I’m LGBTQI?
- What would be the consequences of my family moving? To a different town, state or country?
Decisions about our families are very personal. It’s important to consult with experts when you’re trying to make important decisions during a very uncertain time.
There are a myriad of resources for LGBTQIA families with big questions – here is a list of legal organizations which have trained LGBTQIA attorneys on staff. Their websites have a lot of really important information and ways to reach out with specific questions you may have:
- Lambda Legal – lambdalegal.org
- National Center for Lesbian Rights – nclrights.org
- National Center for Transgender Equality – transequality.org
- Transgender Law Center – transgenderlawcenter.org
- Southern Poverty Law Center – splcenter.org
- GLAD Legal Advocates & Defenders for the LGBTQ Community – glad.org
- American Civil Liberties Union – aclu.org
- Immigration Equality – immigrationequality.org
Also, over the past week we have heard of people battling severe anxiety, depression and even attempting suicide. If you or an LGBTQI person you know is struggling and could use help, please call:
This free, confidential hotline is available 24/7 if you need someone to talk to.
In an increasingly hostile climate for so many of us and the people we love, let’s do our best to take care of ourselves and each other.