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Idealists in Action | June 19, 2020

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Lizzy Cooke

Idealists in Action #08 | A few wins this week 🌈
Job and volunteer opportunities to support LGBTQ folks'.
Hi there,

This week gave us a lot to celebrate, with nearly 400 companies (including Idealist) observing Juneteenth as a holiday, the Supreme Court protecting gay and transgender workers from discrimination, and close to 15,000 people turning out to a Brooklyn rally for Black trans people, originally inspired by the NAACP’s 1917 ‘Silent Parade’. Black trans lives matter, today on Juneteenth and all 364 other days of the year, too.

Even with these victories, we’ve still got a long way to go to make our LQBTQ community comfortable and safe. Today we’re highlighting some of the struggles they face and ways that you can help right now. Let’s make this Pride Month one for the history books! 🌈

Waving from NYC,


“While the pandemic continues to take its toll, the impacts are often magnified for minority, at-risk, and other vulnerable populations. Among those groups, and despite their historical resilience, the LGBTQ community is particularly at-risk.

LGBTQ youth may be particularly vulnerable to negative mental health impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Homeless youth are disproportionately LGBTQ, and are particularly at risk, often without a safe option amidst shelter-in-place orders. And many LGBTQ college students are returning to homes where they may experience feelings of isolation and compromised safety.”

Finish the article on our Career Advice blog.

Donate to organizations that directly support LGBTQ folks, like these rapid response/emergency funds  and mutual aid groups like the Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry and Salt Lake Valley COVID-19 Mutual Aid.

Volunteer with LGBTQ orgs: Create safe spaces online by moderating LGBT youth chat rooms or supporting the virtual Harvey Milk Festival.

Fight for justice for Tony McDade: Sign the petition, or donate to the GoFundMe for Tony's family.

woman delivering food

With her organization The Okra Project, Ianne Fields Stewart provides free meals to the Black trans community.

kid smiling

Sam Long is a science teacher in Colorado who’s helping establish a gender-inclusive biology curriculum for the future. 

man donating blood

La Candelaria (left) attends Black Lives Matter protests wearing her handmade dress in solidarity. The dress celebrates Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender activist and prominent figure in Stonewall uprising. 

woman in jester hat

Imara Jones is a Fellow at Open Society Foundations, where she’s developing TransLash, a space for the telling of  “trans stories to save trans lives during this pivotal moment in history.” 


Spotlight: Black AIDS Institute

This org is “committed to unapologetically centering the Black experience and working towards creating a world where Black people can live within their fullest dignity in good health in a world that values and respects their livelihoods”

Recent work: We the People, a detailed plan to end HIV. It focuses on “the most marginalized in the fight, be it trans/gender non conforming people, people living with HIV/AIDS, people experiencing houselessness”. 

Job listing on Idealist: Program Specialist (Social Support Services), Program Specialist (Testing, Linkage & Case Management), Director of National Programs.

Other orgs hiring on Idealist:

The Queer Cultural Center is hiring a Communications Director in San Francisco, CA.

Bearded Ladies Cabaret is hiring a Marketing Manager in Philadelphia, PA.

OutRight Action International is hiring a Digital Communications Officer in New York NY.

Equality California is hiring a Development Operations Manager in Los Angeles, CA. a whole lot more! Start your own search at 

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Lizzy Cooke

Lizzy Cooke is the editor of the Idealists in Action newsletter. She also builds the Idealist community through social media and marketing. Outside of work you can find her reading, running, or walking dogs for her local animal shelter in Brooklyn.