Over the last few decades, equality has expanded but not equally across all communities. Many LGBTQ people, especially people of color, continue to face barriers. Through our grants and training programs, Liberty Hill is strengthening leaders and organizations in communities of color. We aim to change hearts and minds, win concrete change and advance equality for all. For nearly 40 years, Liberty Hill has been first on the frontlines of LGBTQ civil rights, investing in projects that few other charitable organizations would support.
In the 1980s, Liberty Hill invested in LGBTQ organizations that were confronting stereotypes and invisibility. A few years later, Liberty Hill invested in AIDs education among youth and low income people of color where HIV infection was skyrocketing.
In 2000, Liberty Hill opened a dedicated fund to support LGBTQ organizing and leadership development and has invested $5 million to that end since then. In recent years, Liberty Hill support has helped secure new laws protecting California’s 25,000 LGBTQ high school students and forge a post-Prop 8 strategy that continues to engage communities of color not only in winning marriage equality, but in securing family acceptance, reducing barriers to transgender and gender queer equality, and increasing the LGBTQ voice in the fight for immigration reform.