In June 2013, California's Prop 8 was nullified by the U.S. Supreme Court, thereby allowing same-sex couples to legally marry. This turn of events, while eagerly anticipated, has resulted in a loss of funding to LGBTQ organizations in the state, because regaining marriage equality had been the predominant focus of the mainstream LGBTQ movement.
However, LGBTQ individuals who are low income and/or people of color are at the intersection of many injustices. Liberty Hill's Advancing Equality program focuses on building the LGBTQ community's capacity to organize effectively in communities where the potential impact is highest. We invest our resources in groups that address inequities through effective grassroots organizing.
Over the last decade, LGBTQ rights have expanded significantly, but not equally across all communities. In communities of color, the fight for equity is made more difficult because leaders are still in the early stages of building strong institutions. We make it a point to infuse an LGBTQ perspective through all our grant making and training work, and to strengthen the leadership of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders in their own ethnic communities and in the work for economic and health justice.