Is this the line for the bathroom?

While many gains have been made for the LGBTQ+ community, there is much work to be done in each of our lifetimes to obtain equality.

FullSizeRender-66Non-gender specific restrooms are just one of the ways.

Becoming a change agent for LGBTQ+ equality in your workplace, your home, your place of worship and your school district are great places to do this acceptance work.

Every ounce of advocacy matters. Especially for those who face discrimination when simply taking care of a basic human need – like using the toilet.

To be the best advocate or ally for the LGBTQ+ community you can be, start by educating yourself.

Julie Tarney is writing an exceptionally fabulous blog – also featured in the Huffington Post – called My Son Wears Heels. Her blog covers topics of gender identity, gender expression and self-acceptance. Plus Julie is a witty, thoughtful and inspiring writer. You’ll look forward to receiving her posts while you learn.

Another excellent educational resource is Diverse and Resilient. Find out how you can bring the Acceptance Journeys program to your city.

As you start educating yourself, bring others along with you.

After all, we are all children of this magnificent universe. Each deserving of equality, dignity and grace.

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Equations

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Letters strung together equaling gender equality.

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Letters of printer’s ink strung together equaling racial equality.

Letters strung together equaling one another. Or, in math speak, the transitive property of equality.

What role will perfectly, perfect you play in creating equality equations across the wide ranging inequalities that exist at this very moment in your own community?

Start working the equations, your community needs you!

Things Margie says

My mother, whom most refer to as Margie or Marge, shared this in response to yesterday’s International Women’s Day and the subject of gender equality:

My generation knew we could be teachers, nurses, telephone operators, clerks, waitresses, nuns, secretaries and, of course, housewives. During WW2 women worked in the factories making our aircraft. You would think that would have made us equals – not so.  Things have come a long way. We must continue to be brave.

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Mrs. Banks from Disney’s Mary Poppins

Thank you Mom for all the ways in which you bravely paved the way for my generation. And a great big thank you for never complaining as I marched around the house singing to Sister Suffragette from Mary Poppins, over and over and over again, set to volume high on my trusty play and close record player.

Singing in grateful chorus to you Mom and to all of the generations of women who have worked and continue to work towards equality for all people: well done!

Get talking

HeForShe-photo-1Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day.

As part of this day, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson will be talking and taking part in a special Facebook live event in London.  An event in which Emma will continue to use her voice in support of gender equality.

The social media gathering advances the UN Women HeForShe campaign. The campaign’s goal is to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates of change in ending the inequalities women and girls face globally.

HeForShe is described as a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the entirety of humanity.

Your voice is powerful – raise it to tell the world why equality for every woman and girl is worth fighting for. How will you use the power of your perfectly, perfect voice to be the change you want for the world?

Lend your voice to the global conversation Sunday, March 7 at 1 p.m. EDT.