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Looking for a way to honor an LGBTQ loved one this holiday season without breaking the bank?

Here are five free ways to show you care.

Related: The Norwegian Postal Service’s gay-themed Christmas ad is going viral

Volunteer for an LGBTQ charity

Progress pride flag (new design of rainbow flag) waving in the air with blue sky, LGBTQ community in Netherlands

Volunteering is the perfect way to show someone you care about the LGBTQ community. There is nothing more valuable than your time, and donating it to important causes is extremely meaningful and can help change lives.

There are countless LGBTQ organizations across the country that need your help. Look into both local and national organizations with chapters in your area and reach out to ask what they might need. Chances are, you have a skillset they could use.

You could also consider volunteering on the campaign of an LGBTQ politician or a politician who supports LGBTQ rights.

Call your representative about LGBTQ rights

2021 has been a record year for anti-LGBTQ legislation being proposed in state legislatures around the country. If your state is one of them, call your representatives to voice your support for LGBTQ rights and your hopes they will vote against anti-LGBTQ laws.

You can also call your U.S. congressperson to emphasize the importance of their support for the Equality Act.

Commit to Marching in your next local pride parade

Unidentified people take part in the annual Helsinki Pride gay parade in Helsinki, Finland on June 30, 2012.

Pride parades are a fantastic way to publicly demonstrate your support of LGBTQ people–not to mention the fact that marching in them is an absolute blast. To show your support this year, commit to draping yourself in a fabulous rainbow outfit and marching down the street, loudly and proudly declaring your love for the LGBTQ community.

Use Your Social Media Accounts to Raise Awareness

While you don’t want to get caught up exclusively participating in “armchair activism,” as it has come to be known, social media remains an extremely effective tool to educate people about LGBTQ issues. Do some research about a few issues that are most important to you and find expert organizations whose information you can repost to ensure your followers understand what’s going on.

Join an LGBTQ affinity group at work

LGBTQ affinity groups often welcome allies and are a great way to learn more about LGBTQ issues occurring in your workplace and devote your time to helping reduce any anti-LGBTQ sentiment or microaggressions at work. If your workplace doesn’t have an affinity group, consider teaming up with some LGBTQ employees to start one.

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