Prizm News / January 1, 2018 / By Mikey Rox

 

Here are 5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Help You and Help the LGBTQ Community.

 

By Mikey Rox

Replace the traditional New Year’s resolutions that you probably won’t keep—I know how hard it is to stick to an everyday gym routine when it’s arctic degrees outside—with something more meaningful, like committing to ways to be a better queer. Here’s a shortlist to get you started.

1. Give More of Your Time to local LGBTQ organizations

A number of communities have LGBTQ support centers, either in brick-and-mortar buildings or in the form of community groups that meet regularly. They might need your help.

Make it a point to pop in to offer your assistance. Maybe you can volunteer your time for an upcoming event; attend an activity; mentor LGBTQ youth who desperately need responsible, caring adults in their lives; or offer financial support to keep valuable programs on track.

2. Support an LGBTQ Film Festival

I’ve attended several LGBTQ film festivals over the years—Ohio’s are in Dayton and Cincinnati, and the Cleveland International Film Festival offers a big selection of LGBTQ titles—and they’re the only events that represent the entire queer community in one celebration of diversity filmmaking.

3. Be a Mentor for LGBTQ Youth

It might seem like the world is a more accepting place than ever for LGBTQ youth, but there are still kids out there who struggle with friends, family, teachers and authority figures who refuse to accept them.

If you’re a successful queer person, contact your local school district to find out how you can speak at Gay-Straight Alliance meetings to let these youth know that it does, in fact, get better.

4. Spend More Money at LGBTQ-Owned Businesses

I’m not recommending you stop spending your money at hetero-owned business—although I’m sure there’s a faction of us out there who would recommend that–but rather take some time to research your local retailers and restaurants to see who’s family.

Many times you can glean this information by word of mouth or just a little digging on social media. When we support each other personally and professionally, our communities are stronger.

5. Stand Up for Yourself and Your Sexual Orientation

Don’t let people put you down, and don’t let anyone make you hide in the closet. Period.

Actress Marsha Warfield recently relayed an anecdote about how she’s been out privately forever, but her mother didn’t want her to come out publicly because she’d be embarrassed.

This is your life. If anyone is embarrassed by who you are, tell that sad, angry person that you will be better without them.

Live.