USQ’s DEI committee has produced a video resource on how to write to your legislators.
As part of International Transgender Day of Visibility, USQ is releasing a new video resource produced by our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) committee, in collaboration with Donor Database and Web Development Coordinator Kyle Scheer and Office of the ED Project Support Volunteer Nicole Hammer. The video outlines how to write to legislators, with a specific focus on LGBTQIA+ rights.
International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates transgender and nonbinary people. It’s also an opportunity to highlight discrimination faced by these groups, which is even more criticial this year as state governments around the US introduce bills that target transgender and gender non-conforming people, especially transgender youth. In February, USQ spoke out against two bills being considered in the state of Utah that would restrict the rights of transgender youth. This week, there are similar measures being voted on in Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia, Florida, and more.
Writing to legislators is one way the quidditch community can speak out against these bills. As the video outlines, letter writing is an effective advocacy tool. Here is a template letter, which can be personalized. The video outlines a number of other resources that can be used when writing to legislators, and those are linked below:
For questions about this resource, email USQ’s DEI committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.