It’s time to spread the word in your community about the importance of advancing LGBTQ rights. To do that, you’ll need to get people’s attention, and be prepared to share your knowledge, skills and resources to encourage them to participate in LGBTQ advocacy.
Tabling at a Community Event
Tabling is a great way to increase visibility for your cause. Find out if there are opportunities to table at an upcoming event in your neighborhood. This could be a community fair, farmers market or local gathering.
- Be ready to engage in conversation. Share your motivation for spreading the word about LGBTQ advocacy and create space to hear from other people.
- Let people know that they can take action. Share information about other events, volunteer opportunities or petitions that support your cause.
- Take pictures! Use the hashtag #RiseOut if you share them on social media.
- Use a sign-up form to collect contact information from people who are interested in getting involved with LGBTQ advocacy, or encourage them to text RISEOUT to 69866 to stay informed about ways to take action for LGBTQ rights.
If you’d like to take materials about The Center’s advocacy initiative to your event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosting an LGBTQ Action Party
Action parties are a chance for you to invite friends, colleagues and acquaintances in your network to discuss how you can act collectively to make the greatest impact for LGBTQ rights.
- Don’t assume that everyone’s knowledge is the same. At a minimum, make sure people are familiar with who their elected officials are and be willing to answer questions.
- Give everyone an opportunity to introduce themselves and share their concerns and experience.
- Have an activity in mind. This could be be making phone calls to legislators to schedule visits, writing letters to your representatives or brainstorming other actions that you can take as a collective.
- Set a date for a follow-up meeting or activity so people have a way to continue the effort.
Planning a Town Hall Meeting, Panel Discussion or Presentation
Town halls and other educational events are important ways to raise visibility and awareness, and provide information on an issue.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Work together with a team so you can divide key responsibilities.
- Determine what the goal of the event is. What’s the main takeaway that you want people to leave with?
- Choose a few potential dates, then identify partners and key stakeholders to extend invitations to as soon as possible.
- Reserve an available venue or meeting space early on. Make sure that the space is accessible to the community members that you want to engage.
- Start outreach to desired panelists, speakers and/or a moderator. These are usually people who have expertise on an issue and can provide an appropriate overview. Have back-up options just in case anything falls through.
- Recruit volunteers to help greet and check in visitors, as well as to coordinate with invited guests and keep track of time.
- Have talking points ready that highlight the issue and provide some context for how it can be addressed.
- Engage local media by sending details about the event and the people who will be attending.
- Take questions from community members that highlight top issues facing LGBTQ people.
- Be sure to share the event updates on social media. Use the hashtag #RiseOut.