June 28th will commemorate the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, where transgender women of color, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, and gay and lesbian patrons and employees of the Stonewall Inn rose up and defended themselves against a police assault. That night sparked what many believe was the beginning of the modern-day LGBTQ movement. Alliance for Justice is proud to stand with members of the LGBTQ community and supports their advocacy for justice and full equality. Today we are releasing a toolkit with tips and examples of advocacy for nonprofits working on equality issues.
Nonprofits have a large role to play in advancing equality for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. Examples of advocacy abound, from raising awareness and speaking out on unqualified, anti-LGBTQ judicial nominees, recognizing inclusive employers, lobbying for the elimination of conversion therapy, challenging the President’s ban on transgender members in the military, and working to defeat discriminatory ballot measures.
Given their unique tax structure, nonprofits must structure their advocacy efforts to comply with tax and election laws. This newest publication provides examples of advocacy efforts by nonprofits that support LGBTQ equality measures throughout the country, along with a reference to the tax rules that apply. The LGBTQ Advocacy Toolkit supplements our more in-depth resources: Rules of the Game-A Guide to Election-Related Activities for 501(c)(3) Organizations; Being a Player-A Guide to IRS Lobbying Regulations for Advocacy Charities; and The Connection-Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and Political Organizations.