going 'all out' for equality
by amy beecham
For society to truly progress, becoming more tolerant and accepting with each passing decade, we must keep in mind all the hard work and fearless activism that has come before. And that’s All Out’s point exactly: we’ve come a long way, but we still have quite far to go.
Whilst progress has undeniably been made, the continuous reality of life as an LGBTQ* person is shocking. In 71 countries, it’s a crime to be gay; and in 10, it can cost you your life. In fact, no country in the world offers full equal rights to LGBTQ* people.
All Out, “a global movement working to build a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they love”, are working to change that. They aim to bring grassroots funding and good old people power to their worldwide campaign for love and equality, and they are certainly succeeding.
With over 2.2 million volunteers and donors (they do not accept financial contributions from corporations or governments) and various high-profile campaigns since their founding in 2010, All Out is not just another “useless Gay inc. group” as it was so labelled by Queerty.com. Rather, All Out is a dedicated collective of passionate activists who believe that “no one should be left behind in the fight for equality”.
At a time where the news seems scarier by the day, All Out’s mission to create a better and more tolerant world for is seems more important than ever. In June 2015, they partnered with cosmetics retailer Lush for their campaign #GayIsOkay, raising over $425,000 to support LGBTQ* groups worldwide. More recently, their focus has been taking on gay ‘cures’ worldwide – condemning the promotion of dangerous “therapy” sessions aiming to “fix” people for who they love. Following their campaign, the Ecuadorian government agreed to close over 200 clinics promoting conversion therapy, and the French Minister of Health publicly condemned such “treatments”. The issues they tackle are varied, from freeing LGBT activists from incarceration in China to supporting equality in Paraguay, leading the President to announce that he would vote in favour of legislation that protected LGBTQ* people from violence and discrimination.
Nobody should feel like they can’t bring about change, and All Out are proof that even the smallest acts can make a difference. Sign the petition, support the causes and never forget that that someone, somewhere is always fighting for you, for equality and for love.
To help All Out in their fight for equality, you can donate here: https://go.allout.org/en/a/donate/