In case you missed it, a new social networking site has sprung and it's an important one. Friendfactor is a social networking site designed to give members of the LGBT community a platform to show their straight friends what LGBT equality issues matter most to them. Friendfactor allows members of the LGBT community create a profile and then they ask their straight friends to support them.
Check out Friendfactor's video below.
Learn more about Friendfactor after the jump!
Here's How it Works
Each user creates an Advocacy Headquarters page. You answer a few fun (but important) questions about yourself.
Below is a screenshot of my Advocacy Headquarters.
You can see from the above that in the state of New York, I only have 59% of the rights as my straight friends in New York. I'm pretty well versed in LGBT politics and that percentage still shocks me. I think it's great that Friendfactor has found a way to incorporate the percentages of rights that LGBT people have across the United States for all to see.
Once you've created your Advocacy Headquarters page, you then select which LGBT equality issues are most important to you. Selections include marriage, housing, military, employment rights, parenting, along with a number of others.
Below is a snapshot of what I ranked but honestly, they are all important to me.
Once you rank what rights are most important to you, you then have the opportunity to upload a self-made video to tell everyone why having equal rights matters. I haven't done the video yet because I'm camera shy...but it is on the agenda of things to do in the future.
Why We Need Friendfactor
This past Thursday, I attended the Friendfactor fundraiser in New York City. Standing in a room with hundreds of other gays and their supportive friends further illustrated to me that none of us in the LGBT community are in this alone.
In 2009, I played an active role in the fight for LGBT equality in New York state. I served as one of the co-chairs for the Empire State Pride Agenda's OffSprung! program. The program is designed to engage the next generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders and straight allies in advocacy, networking and volunteerism. In 2009, the group worked relentlessly to raise money and awareness for LGBT equal rights in New York and to encourage participation from our gay and straight peers.
At the time, it felt like we were closer than ever to obtaining marriage equality in New York, but alas, the bill was voted down in the senate. During this time, getting straight friends to participate in the fight for equal rights was the most difficult for me. I was nervous to ask them to do something because I feared rejection. Not rejection of being gay but rejection of them informing me that they didn't have the time to help.
Now, Friendfactor makes it easy for the LGBT community's straight friends to get involved. With just a few clicks, the LGBT community can reach and engage their straight friends to take actions on the issues that matter to them most. Friendfactor serves to educate, connect and engage our straight allies in the fight for equal rights. The site contains useful stats and information to educate our straight friends on the current state of LGBT equality and offers ways in which they can get involved.
So if you're straight and you have gay friends that are fighting to get legally married then Friendfactor is for you. If you're straight and you don't want to serve in the military but your gay friend does then Friendfactor is for you. If you're a parent and it pains you to see your gay friends scrambling to figure out how they can conceive or adopt a child then Friendfactor is for you too.
The discriminations against the LGBT community are many but the actions that our straight friends can take to help us obtain equal rights are numerous as well. The nation is ready for change and Friendfactor, (thank you social media!), is going to help us get there - faster. Remember, the LGBT equality movement isn't just for gay people!
Support me on Friendfactor today! Click here to access my Advocacy Headquarters page.
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