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Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation Is on the Rise. Here’s How Activists Are Fighting Back.

From the “gayest city council in America” to the relentless joy of queer prom, activists are showing that even local actions can spur major change.

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A disturbing rise in discriminatory legislation has prompted the Human Rights Campaign to declare a National State of Emergency for LGBTQ+ Americans. But in communities across the country—from Portland to Kansas City to Sheboygan—there’s no shortage of pushback: Improved representation on city councils, new nonprofits devoted to marginalized communities, and protests that highlight the creativity and initiative of a new generation of activists. It’s not a panacea, but these stories plant seeds of hope for how even seemingly small actions can add up to serious change.

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