MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As the recent string of murders of unarmed Black people lays bare a system of oppression that touches the lives of so many members of the LGBTQ community, a new initiative is being launched this Pride Month to show support for the LGBTQ community.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Tie The Knot are teaming up this Pride Month to show the LGBTQ community broad support amid a rise of anti-LGBTQ hate groups and legislative bigotry across the country.
As part of this collaboration, the SPLC and Tie The Knot are launching the Y’all Means All campaign to ask allies and supporters to show their support for the LGBTQ community by taking the #YallMeansAll pledge and show their commitment to the community on their social media through posts and tweets.
The campaign comes after the SPLC released its Year in Hate and Extremism report that showed a sharp spike — nearly 43% — in the number of anti-LGBTQ hate groups last year. The report also showed that the Trump administration has fully embraced anti-LGBTQ leaders’ agendas and their policies targeting the rights of LGBTQ people.
As part of the partnership, Tie The Knot, which is dedicated to supporting organizations that are working to achieve equality for the LGBTQ community, is donating 100% of the profits from its new Pride Collection to the SPLC, which has worked to further the rights of the LGBTQ community across the the Deep South, and beyond, through advocacy, litigation and legislation.
“This Pride Month we want the LGBTQ community to see a groundswell of support from people across the country through the Y’all Means All campaign,” said the SPLC Chief Communications Officer Erik Olvera. “We want to send a clear message to every individual in the community that is targeted by these hate-filled groups — we have your back.”
Specifically, Y’all Means All participants are asked to:
- Take the Y’all Means All Pledge at www.yallmeansall.com (a free bumper sticker will be mailed to participants as thanks).
- Show your support for the LGBTQ community on social media with the #YallMeansAll tag and the printable sign at www.yallmeansall.com
- Ask your family and friends to take part in Y’all Means All.
- Add the Y’all Means All frame to your Facebook profile image.
- Use the Y’all Means All Zoom background at www.yallmeansall.com
Learn more about the Y’all Means All campaign here.
You can see the Tie The Knot’s Pride Collection here.