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‘Rural Pride’ campaign to focus on needs of LGBT people living in rural America

Thursday, May 8, 2014
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on Wednesday announced the launch of the Rural Pride campaign to elevate and address the needs of LGBT people living in rural communities across the country.

rural-americaThe goal of the campaign is to challenge the stereotype that LGBT people live only in metropolitan areas by elevating the voices and stories of LGBT people living in rural America.

The centerpiece of the campaign is a series of day-long summits hosted by USDA, NCLR, and local community partners.

The summits will focus on the unique needs of the rural LGBT community, highlight the efforts the Obama administration has undertaken to protect this community, and identify next steps to ensure all rural communities have access to the resources they need to thrive.

The campaign will also raise awareness of the particular issues faced by LGBT rural communities including increased rates of economic insecurity, lack of family protections, lack of nondiscrimination protections, and the heightened challenges facing rural LGBT youth and rural LGBT people of color.

The kick-off summit will take place in Greensboro, N.C. on June 6.

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