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Tommy Dorfman is known for raising her voice and using her platform to raise awareness on important social justice issues. For Pride this year the 13 reasons why star has partnered with The Body Shop to encourage customers to support the Equality Act, which protects LGBTQ + people from discrimination in the workplace, schools, and other vital areas of life. "As part of the trans community, we are being attacked in more ways than my brain can fully grasp," Tommy told POPSUGAR. "This year alone, 145 anti-trans laws were introduced in the US, which is mind-boggling. In the US alone, six [in] 10 trans people feel actively discriminated against, which is maddening" mentally affect their well-being emotionally, spiritually and physically. "For Tommy, this is more than a partnership, it is a" movement to advance our equality not just for trans people, but for LGBTQ + people all round. "
"[It's a] movement to promote our equality not just for trans people, but for LGBTQ + people everywhere."
When I asked Tommy what the Equal Opportunities Act means to her, Tommy's answer was simple but powerful: "Safety". "Like the bare bones, human rights security," she said. "The freedom to walk around your neighborhood, to work, to care for yourself, to have a place to live. If you are a kid, play sports and feel that school is a safe place for you." The Body Shop encourages consumers to visit its Equality Hub to learn about the challenges facing the LGBTQ + community and to sign a petition in support of the Equality Act. For every signature, $ 1 is donated to the Equality Federation, an initiative designed to support and support government LGBTQ + organizations in the United States.
In a recent Instagram post, Tommy noted that there are four times more anti-trans laws proposed this year than all of 2019. To boost LGBTQ + voices and nurture fruitful allies, Tommy emphasized the importance of it to keep paying attention and finding ways to get involved in your community. "I think it is very important to have a discourse at the local level," she said. "I understand that over 70 percent of the country believes that trans people deserve equal rights, but it doesn't matter if we have so many local laws that can prevent the safety and wellbeing of trans people. Hence it really matters now. " more than ever to find out which local organizations you can donate your time and resources to. By resources, I mean financially and also mentally and physically where you can show up and join the conversation. "Tommy also suggested looking for activists in your area who are already doing the work and supporting them." It's really important to be in the next few years empowering the right lawmakers and candidates who will fight for the safety and protection of transsexuals and people, "she added.
At a time when there is so much hatred and violence against the LGBTQ + community, it can be daunting for some to continue speaking, but Tommy lets himself go by idols like model Munroe Bergdorf, actress Indya Moore and the author Inspire Kimberly Drew. "The internet can be such a dark and toxic place, and it can also be a really exciting, uplifting communal space," she explained. “So I look at people like Munroe Bergdorf, Indya Moore or Kimberly Drew, who have used their platforms really smart, conscientiously and effectively. I am inspired by them. "
You can sign the Equality Act petition at The Body Shop's Equality Center. From May 31 to August 29, The Body Shop will donate $ 1 for every signature collected to the Equality Federation, up to a maximum donation of $ 25,000.