Last Friday’s announcement overturning Roe vs. Wade was not a surprise but has sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community. While so much is out of our control I want to remind you that we do have the power to act to protect our families and children. Here are four things you can do to protect your family today.
Four Things You Can Do To Protect Your Family
- Ensure that your loved ones are appropriately assigned as beneficiaries to your bank accounts, life insurance plans, and other assets. Moreover, if you are the parent of a transgender child and they change their name, please be sure their name is correct in these often-overlooked areas.
- For those in a same-sex marriage, it is essential that your partner have Power of Attorney and that you have your Advanced Directive in place.
- The Human Rights Campaign has a free resource for estate planning and will development. The HRC is at the forefront of LGBTQ+ equality and protections. I highly recommend using this resource.
- If you are the parent of a child who is transgender it is time to get the gender marker amended on their birth certificate. I recognize that in many states this is not possible. I also recognize that it could become even more complicated as conservative courts push anti-trans legislation across the US. The time to act is now. Here is a link to the National Center for Transgender Equality.
These are just four things you can do to protect your family. We are not powerless. Moreover, we are strong, fierce, and we are authentic. When I feel like I am drowning in despair I close my eyes and picture the sea of people at the end of the Annapolis Pride parade. I did not realize at the time how profound that mental picture would be. We are not alone, you are not alone, we have an incredible community.