By HRC Alabama Field Organizer Tori Wolfe-Sisson
Last month, HRC volunteers and supporters gathered for Birmingham’s first official HRC Alabama Connect event.
We met and mingled at Rojo, a restaurant in Alabama that has signed HRC’s Equality Is Our Business Pledge and is a great supporter of LGBTQ Alabamians. Over 40 people attended this meeting, talking to new people and HRC staff while eating a delicious meal. Eva Walton, HRC Alabama’s Senior Manager, delivered brief remarks to remind folks that the work that we do is both personal and political.
As members of the LGBTQ community we understand first hand the ways we can be harmed by policies that seek to deny us rights and liberties. We see clearly the impact discrimination has in our schools, workplaces, places of worship and even in our families. As we do this work each and every day, we are trying to make our state and communities more welcoming and accepting.
As we laughed and spent time with each other, we recommitted to the work ahead. We received hugs full of understanding and empowerment, as well as business cards from folks who are ready to set their feet in motion to help make Alabama a more inclusive and welcoming place for all.
To learn more about HRC’s work in Alabama, click here.