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About Faces of Freedom

Faces of Freedom is an online directory of stories from LGBTQ people and allies across the country who are dedicated to securing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans.

A supermajority of Americans support comprehensive protections for LGBTQ people – protections that would explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public spaces. But in most states, LGBTQ people remain vulnerable to unfair treatment, and it’s time for that to change. That’s why across the country, Americans are speaking out and sharing their stories. Faces of Freedom features more than 350 stories of these LGBTQ people and allies for nondiscrimination.

Faces of Freedom is a partnership of nearly 60 organizations and art projects from across the movement for LGBTQ dignity and equality. Learn more about the Faces of Freedom partner organizations below.

Resources and Best Practices

Best Practices for Discussing LGBTQ People and Nondiscrimination

It can be difficult for some people to understand how to best discuss members of the LGBTQ community – that’s why we’ve compiled some best practices for respectfully talking about, writing about, and discussing LGBTQ issues and identities. Here are some guidelines on the most effective ways to respectfully craft a story centered on the LGBTQ community.

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Common Phrases About LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

See definitions, background, and context for common phrases and terms related to the LGBTQ community.

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Terms to Avoid When Discussing LGBTQ People and Nondiscrimination

Some terms, words, and phrases can be antiquated or even offensive to members of the LGBTQ and ally communities. Here are some terms to avoid and suggestions for more respectful or accurate language.

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