My name’s Alice Vardanian, and I’m a volunteer at Equality California. I got started one fine day when a lady wearing a shirt that read “EQCA” across it swooped me up off my feet and got me into this whole mess. It’s a good mess, for sure. I’m only 16 years old, the youngest regular volunteer. Ever since then, for about 4-5 months now, I’ve been volunteering at EQCA almost every week at the gay pride parades, phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, and all throughout EQCA’s fight for SB 1172 and the FAIR Education Act. Last week, field organizer Bella Week and I gave a presentation at my school on the FAIR Education Act. Read the rest of this entry »
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There’s often a misconception that the only people who care about equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are those LGBT people themselves; it plays into the notion that LGBT concerns are somehow “special rights” and serves to marginalize an already marginalized population. It’s a myth, and a harmful one.
Allies are an important part of the work that we do at Equality California, and they’re integral to every ballot campaign, making sure every school is safe, and ending decades of discrimination. EQCA has always been a broad coalition, and allies are part of that.
As part of the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Ally Week, here are some tips on being the strongest ally you can be. Read the rest of this entry »