Perspectives on LGBTQ Life

LGBTQ Rights in Indiana

HRC 2018 State Equality Index
Indiana's Equality Profile
LGBTQ Rights in Indiana - Wikipedia

Indy LGBTQ Culture

Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives
Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, The Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives is the principal circulating LGBTQ library in the Midwest. Housed inside the office building of Indy Pride, Inc., the collection currently has over 8,000 titles, a vast archive of local and national LGBTQ publications, including The Mirror Magazine, The Works Magazine and the Heartland Newspaper collections. The library is also the proud recipient of the popular Bob and Margaret Green drag scene video collection. Other notable items in the archive is a collection of more than 200 T-shirts from legions of LGBTQ festivals and parades across the United States, valuable artwork by local artists, LGBTQ paraphernalia, mementos, and rare LGBTQ collectibles. See also: IndyPride Chris Gonzalez page.

The strange but true history of Indianapolis gay bars
"There's a lot of history behind where we are now," said Coby Palmer, 65, a florist and longtime gay civic leader. "Young kids don't realize what it used to be like, what older people went through."

LGBTQ National Organizations

GLAAD
Leading the conversation. Shaping the media narrative. Changing the culture.GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Victory Fund
National organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people who can further equality at all levels of government. Provides campaign, fundraising and communications support to LGBTQ candidates to increase the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials. Representation is power: When LGBTQ elected leaders are in the room, they humanize our lives, impact policy and legislative debates. They influence straight lawmaker colleagues to vote in favor of equality. LGBTQ elected officials are our best defense against anti-LGBTQ efforts at all levels of government.

Victory Institute
National organization dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ leaders who can further equality at all levels of government. Victory Institute assists hundreds of individuals who go on to influential careers in politics, government, business and advocacy. Trainees join the more than 1,000 openly LGBTQ elected and appointed officials now serving around the world.

Wikipedia links to state and national LGBTQ organizations
This is a list of LGBTQ rights organizations in the United States. It does not include LGBTQ organizations affiliated with political parties.

LGBTQ Trends

Discrimination in America: Experiences and views of LGBTQ Americans
Overall, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Americans report significant personal experiences of discrimination, across many areas of life. From a survey conducted for National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The Gay church
Thousands of priests are closeted, and the Vatican’s failure to reckon with their sexuality has created a crisis for Catholicism. A broad survey of homosexuality in the Catholic priesthood and hierarchy by noted gay author and commentator Andrew Sullivan. See also: New book claims 80% of Vatican priests are gay.

Online: Where nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ couples meet
According to an ongoing study of how relationships are formed, the most common way for new couples to meet now is online.

Pansexual revolution: How sexual fluidity became mainstream
Rigid definitions of sexuality are on the way out, as a younger generation embraces a "never say never" approach to sex and gender.

TED Talks

Homosexuality: It's about survival—not sex
This passionate talk from James O'Keefe, MD, gives us a deeply personal and fascinating insight into why homosexuality is indeed a necessary and extraordinarily useful cog in nature's wheel of perfection.

Casey Gerald: Embrace the strange magic of your true self
The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to attain success in the upper echelons of American society—and shows why it's time for us to have the courage to live in the raw, strange magic of ourselves.

A message to gay teens: It gets better.
In a courageous, intensely emotional talk at the city council in Fort Worth, Texas, councilman Joel Burns reaches out to the targets of teen bullying—kids who are gay, perceived as gay, or just different—with a vital message about their lives, and the harassment they face.

More LGBTQ TED Talks
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