While marriage equality is the law of the land, affirmed in Obergefell in June 2015, millions of LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination, with regard to employment, public housing, or public accommodations. Federally, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression are not protected classes under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and at the state level, 28 states lack legal protections for LGBTQ Americans.
In Alabama, there are no state laws that offer legal protections for LGBTQ Alabamians in employment, public housing, or public accommodations. Further, no municipality in the state has passed a fully-inclusive LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance.
Equality Shoals supports the passage of laws and ordinances, and the adoption of policies and procedures, that provide protections for the LGBTQ community, and treats them equally under the law, regardless of real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Equality Shoals is committed to providing programming that addresses the health and wellness needs of the LGBTQ community. As a foundation, we support funding opportunities that create expanded focus on mental health counseling and support, transgender issue education, addiction recovery and support, HIV/AIDS/STI prevention, and homelessness intervention planning and support.
FAMILY, YOUTH & AGING
Equality Shoals supports programming that addresses the needs of LGBTQ families, youth, and seniors. As a foundation, we seek to fund opportunities that create expanded local focus on LGBTQ family, youth, and senior programming and support, as well as LGBTQ service provider outreach/education and sensitivity training.
ARTS & CULTURE
Equality Shoals seeks to providing programming that highlights the art and culture contributions of the LGBTQ community, through the performing arts and interactive media. As a foundation, we support funding opportunities that create expanded local focus on LGBTQ artists through art installations and educational programming.
Equality Shoals is committed to providing programming that addresses the needs of LGBTQ students, and the promotion of safe environments and inclusive spaces for learning, including the creation of gay-straight alliances and other LGBTQ-affirming student organizations, suicide prevention, and LGBTQ-inclusive health education.