Priority: LGBTQ Justice

LGBTQ Justice
Students at a meeting of Fremont High School's Gay Straight Alliance chapter, part of the GSA Network.

Liberty Hill is empowering a new generation of queer youth leaders.

The LGBTQ movement has changed the fabric of American society over the past half a century, but equality has not expanded equally across all communities.

In Los Angeles, young LGBTQ people of color especially face such barriers as:

  • disproportionately high rates of criminalization
  • not enough safe spaces in schools and communities
  • employment discrimination
  • healthcare discrimination
  • disproportionately high rates of homelessness
  • disproportionately represented in the foster care system

Liberty Hill has supported community-based organizing by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer leaders throughout our history, and we are listening to a new generation of organizers who are already experienced and informed. These young leaders describe the challenges of facing multiple oppressions as low income, often immigrant, queer people of color and they are often in the forefront of the fights for worker rights and racial justice and for reform of the criminal justice and immigration systems.

The organizations we support also focus on achieving family acceptance amongst LGBTQ people of color and fighting for improvements in the foster care system as well as on strengthening safety net access for LGBTQ people of color. They are also working to end the continuing discrimination and exclusion of transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

Liberty Hill is a frequent name on "Top Ten Funder" lists published by Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

LGBTQ Justice Stories

Diana Feliz Oliva

"My name is Diana Feliz Oliva and I am a transgender, first-generation Mexican American," says a recent participant in the Wally Marks Leadership Institute's Emerging Leaders program.